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January 28, 2008

Rubik's, Redux

I was a kid when the Rubik's Cube got unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Lots of older kids were obsessed with it, books were published with solutions, and my inability to solve it became a minor footnote of disappointment in my life. Along with, but not on par with, my never learning to play a musical instrument, not understanding the secret of The Cube nagged me occasionally as a "non-accomplishment."

Well no more. Thanks to a flippant Xmas gift request and an attentive spouse, I have conquered the cube. It's easy, once you figure out the secrets.

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January 12, 2008

Old Dog, New Trick

Occasionally, I catch myself thinking about something that I take for granted, like car keys or mowing a lawn, and examining it. The other day, I actually paid attention to the way I tie my shoes and realized, after 30-something years of tying shoes, that I in fact was doing it wrong. Because of the way I cross the strings initially, I was tying a granny knot, not a square knot. I've always tied my shoes very tightly because they inevitably came untied sometime during the day and the tightness of the knot delayed that, but now, embarrassingly, I've realized they loosened because I, all these years, had been tying them incorrectly.

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January 09, 2008


Your next President is not a Muslim. Move along.

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January 01, 2008

New Year's Day

Well, it's New Year's Day and I'm not hungover. As a matter of fact, I was in bed before 10 P.M. last night. The scotch I bought for the special occasion tasted like horse sweat, even with a generous portion of club soda. I don't understand the fanaticism with this liquor. Its taste must be why Scotsmen are always so angry; they don't have a palatable source of alcohol in their country.

I choked down as much as I could, then went to sleep in the guest bedroom with Molly, who currently finds sleeping in her own bed too scary. I guess those Disney movies are more frightful than I remember. Ever seen Sleeping Beauty? That dragon gave me the willies.

Did you know you can't buy a lot of Disney movies except when they decide to release them for a limited time? I didn't know that, but I wanted my girls to start watching the good stuff, like Cinderalla and Snow White. Silly corporation, don't you know that artificial scarcity is a thing of the past?

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