Category Archives: Entertainment

Science audio books

I replaced NPR news with audio books in my morning routine when, in 2019, I decided the news was a depressing way to start my day. I decided to focus my listening to non-fiction, and, at least at first, science books. This post lists what I’ve been listening to.

Heroes and Artists

I don’t agree with the heroization of entertainers, athletes, lucky survivors, and the strong-willed handicapped. If you’ve scored a bunch of touchdowns, performed in a great film, survived a devastating attack, or managed to walk despite the odds: that’s super! It’s fantastic, and in many cases it is even downright inspiring. But that does’t make you a hero.… Read More »

Interstitial Music on NPR

Have you ever heard an NPR feed that has little or no local stuff added to it? It is awesome! There are little nuggets of nice little interesting or heart-warming mini-stories, and also an eclectic mix of gorgeous instrumental music: some classical, some, blues, jazz, funky, or whatever. These musical interludes are perfectly programmed interstitials between the stories,… Read More »

Noticing the Wonder

About five years after we moved to our home in Beaverton, Oregon, and then for maybe 5 years after that, the tree just across the street was a starling tree. Hundreds and hundreds of the local starlings would congregate in this tree every afternoon in the spring and fall…

Yes, I am a Font Snob

I’m picky about fonts. My livelihood is all about the written word, so I get pretty focused on the use and presentation of the words and language I see around me. I’ve been recoiling in horror at the horrible use and misuse of fonts since the early days of the newest desktop publishing programs, when the ability to… Read More »

On Meeting Philip Glass

Anybody who knows me even in the slightest knows that I’m just a tad partial to the music of Philip Glass. Last winter I went to a Portland performance of his “Dracula,” performed by the Kronos Quartet with Phil playing the second keyboard, (a part he later added to the piece just for himself so he could perform… Read More »

Recommended Films

I like films, and at one time in my life was fairly obsessive about it. Because of this, I am often asked for movie recommendations, and I usually draw a blank aside from a few obvious choices. In this post I present the films that I would recommend to people, but I with a few notes: First, it’s… Read More »

Hidden Art: Roger Long

Back in the mid 1990s, on a quest for good Thai food, my partner and I happened upon an artistic oasis in Lake Oswego, an upscale suburban burg a bit south of Portland, Oregon. Tucked away in a neglected alley in the center of town, we found a wall covered in art.

Quilting

One of the things I enjoy when I have the time is designing and making quilts. This post shows all my quilting projects, starting with my most recent projects and going down to my first. Sadly it’s been a long time since I’ve had any time for this…

My Obsessive Film List

Those who know me know that I tend to be, well, a bit obsessive. One of the many ways I revealed this, back before I put a stop to it for my own peace of mind, was my obsessive list of all the films I saw from 1998  through 2009. During this time I kept a list of every film… Read More »