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2021 Nov 12



I read Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed to great inspiration last month. It’s the first novel I’ve read since The Kite Runner when I began college. The first paragraphs took a bit of acclimation, but thereafter I was hooked.

I want my child(ren) to read it, maybe after some education in philosophy and science. The book’s effect isn’t to predict future technology, but to affirm the complexity of humanity and to challenge us to meet ourselves with a philosophy that deserves us. For Le Guin, Taoism is such a philosophy.

To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.

Deb Nicholson published a fascinating piece, A Club is Not a Movement, in the Tech Workers Coalition Newsletter.

Forget voting with your dollar. Markets aren’t going to protect us from climate change. Unionize!


We feel in limbo as my son is old enough to be in daycare, and even to benefit from the socialization, but a staffing shortage keeps pushing back his start date. We feel ambivalent about him going to daycare given Covid’s unpredictability. His older cousin has gone for a long time and tends to catch a lot of bugs.

I’m looking for full-time work, as we feel that might strike a better balance than my wife working full-time.


A recent episode of The Dig has improved my life.

It’s currently raining.


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