Monthly Archives: December 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views. Click here to see the complete report.

I was thinking about what my personal top ten books of 2012 would be. These are not books that came out in 2012, but my faves that I read this year. Here goes ( in no order) : 1. The Name of the Wind, Rothfuss 2. Catching the big Fish: Meditation and Creativity. Lynch 3. Wolf Hall, Mantel 4. Rings of Saturn, Sebald 5. A distant mirror, Barbara Tuchman 6.A High Wind… Read More

By now you have heard about the awful, tragedy in Connecticut. A shooter killed 27, 18 of them children. This is justĀ a few days after someone in my hometown of Portland shot up a mall. It’s sickening. The first reaction most of us have upon hearing of news like this, after the initial emotions of sadness, revulsion, etc. is why? What is the explanation of this? Humans seek to understand tragedy because… Read More

Just imagine that the end of the world on December 21st is a certain fact, as sure as the sun sets. Now what? How do you approach the next two and half weeks? Ask yourself if you would change everything, drop your normal routines and do everything completely different than the way you are already living your life? Or would you want the next few weeks to be similar to how you… Read More