• General

    Swine flu – it’s OK to be a little afraid

    I can’t believe people are still saying ‘media hype’ and ‘more people die from normal flu’. Here are a few sobering calculations. In America (the numbers I have available), 50 million people get the normal flu each year. The normal flu has a fatality rate of only 0.08%, which means…

  • General

    Review: The Boat That Rocked

    I wanted to go to a movie this evening. The rest of the family couldn’t join me due to music lessons, and they want to see Inkheart and Fast & Furious, and everything else was not on until much later. The reviews for ‘The Boat That Rocked’ had been pretty…

  • General

    Rethinking Twitter

    I’ve avoided becoming a twit. I already spend way too much time on the computer, and I know that, like World of Warcraft, Twitter would be absolute crack for me and would likely crash and burn my life. I plan to sustain that stance for myself: just the same as…

  • General

    Plausible deniability

    …is something I no longer have. At least when it comes to being middle-aged. I can shave to disguise the fact that the original small patch of white in my beard has expanded alarmingly, and my short-cropped hair helps disguise the new white hairs appearing at my temples. But I…

  • Poetry

    Life, Love, Joy and Music

    A sestina All through these weary Or in other seasons joyful Days and years of life Winds a strange and quiet music Made of tears and time Fear and always, always love The various joys of human love Something of which we seldom weary Across this unforgotten time Lie memories…