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Julian Assange and James Comey have delivered all the October surprises that we did not need.  It didn't matter to me; I was done

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I scan the obituary notices in the local paper.  Not because of any morbid curiosity.  Not because I want to know if anybody I know is dead. I scan them for two important reminders about life: One, we all die, and I will also die.The second reason I scan them is to remind myself that we all

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While liberals adored the hippie-life that Oregon represented, I was equally impressed with the state's Republican leaders that I had read about back in my California days. There was the famous governor, Tom McCall--thanks to his concern for the environment, we have public access to the awesome beaches, and the

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Usually when I call my parents, thanks to life on opposite sides of the world, I end up calling them when they have just about wrapped up a hot breakfast, and when they are contemplating what to prepare for lunch.  Usually.Not that one day.  Their lunch prep was on hold. The preparations ha

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Decision-making within the 35-home neighborhood where I live became a tad contentious.  The rhetoric got heated.  I followed Harry Truman's "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" and quit the governing board.If a 35-home neighborhood can generate enough political heat for me to throw in

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A few years ago, in an academic exchange, somebody remarked that the line in the burial scenes in movies--ashes to ashes, and dust to dust--is not literally there in the bible, but is a paraphrase of the idea.  I tell ya, academics are very particular about the words used.  I remember two colleagues arguing about

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"Election time approaches, and I am curious if you have a comment on Measure 98," began the email.  It was from a person who is not really a stranger--only because he has emailed me once before, and it was in response to my op-ed in the Statesman Journal.  But a stranger as in I don't know the sender.

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Every day, I seem to have some interesting memory-recall instances.  Why should today be any exception, right?Even as I glanced at the headline, I thought to myself, "I have discussed this somewhere."  The headline was this: 

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Over the years, I have come up with many arrangements in order to manage technology in my life. After I switched to the smartphone--which I did only because my old phone became non-functional--I made sure that notifications were turned off.  I set it up such that unless I activated email or Facebook or Twitter, well, t

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David J. ThoulessF. Duncan M. HaldaneJ. Michael KosterlitzJean-Pierre SauvageSir J. Fraser StoddartBernard L. FeringaYoshinori OhsumiJuan Manuel SantosBob DylanOliver HartBengt HolmströmIf you are like me, then reading "Bob Dylan" in that

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Consider this:Does anyone, for instance, believe that tax accountants contribute to national wealth or to productivity, and altogether add to society’s well-being, whether material, physical or spiritual?Perhaps you are thinking that it is so typical of this left-of-center blogger to beat

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Many trees around me have lost all their leaves already, thanks to the vigorous northwest winds that blew through.  The maples by the river are in fifty shades of gorgeous red; soon, they too will fall, leaving the trees nude in the winter grey.All the old things go. The evergreens last.  A

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A few days ago, I told the friend that we had to make use of the sunny Sunday that was forecast.  "It could be the last one for a long time" I said. I am glad we put that sunny day to good use.  Boy has the weather changed since then.  Typhoon-like conditions.  Wind. Rain.  Not the drip-

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The other day, I tallied up the newspaper op-eds of mine.  The last one, which I timed with Gandhi's birthday, was number 190.  I told the friend that I am now on a countdown to reach

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The nerd that I am, I scan the letters to the editor in the magazines that I value.  Thus, there I was reading the letters in the latest issue of the Scientific American, when I had to stop and start

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Having a few people around the dinner table is always a wonderful learning opportunity for me--to understand how human I am and, therefore, how much I prove that to err is human.  I never fail to err, it turns out.  I suppose that unlike that guy with a pointy cap, I am not infallible ;)Getting togethe

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I was a regular reader of Andrew Sullivan's blog--in its various avatars at different places.  I checked in with his blog every day, just like I did with, say, the New York Times.  I liked to find out what he had to say especially because of the unique intersection of his various attributes that we normally

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Academic conferences are more than merely for intellectual exchange.  They are also where we network, we connect with people, get energized by younger colleagues doing amazing work, ... and also get to hear horror stories from other campuses.  It is like a big counseling camp ;)Aft

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"If I respect the person, then I am almost always open to listening to their ideas--even if they are different," a student remarked during discussions.Now that explains why nobody listens to me! ;)The student's observation is profound--am not sure if she realizes how insightful that is.  I hope

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I told my class earlier today that I am forced to play the optimist in the classroom because I worry that all through the k-12 years, and in college classes too, it is more likely than not that students are presented only with the negative stories.  Like how population growth is a problem. Or about the polar bear. Or a

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"What's your story?  When did you get to the US?"At the end of a day of listening to presentations by budding and mature scholars, we were at dinner.  At my table, I was one of the three---at that table of six--who has made a home in America. Of course, I was only one who looked like I might hav

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SyriaHaitiAfghanistanNigeria...The list is

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It might come across as strange that I spend a lot of time thinking about death, given how convinced I am that there is nothing after I die.  (Note: it is death. Not "resting peacefully" or any other crappy euphem

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Four decades of life since the early teenage anger against the murderous thugs who (mis)ruled the old country has dampened my anger and disgust only a tad.  If I believed in hell, I could at least curse those white supremacists to the darkest chambers of hell!My anger over the colonial white supremacists ge

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First, read the following excerpt:It is impossible to imagine Bill Gates’s wealth without Bill Gates’s ingenuity and effort. But it is far easier to imagine Bill Gates’s wealth being produced by someone other than Bill Gates within the institutions of modern American economic society than it is to

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It was a gorgeous autumn afternoon in the valley.  Yes, in case you forgot, it is a brand new season now.  The trees knew that even before Google doodled the change.Despite the wonderfully sunny day, there were very few people out on the bike path. Perhaps it was because of the football gam

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I have sent this across to the editorThe United Nations marks October 2nd as the “International Day of Non-Violence” for a very good reason--it is the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi.Gandhi, who was born in 1869, led the independence movement

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There is one page in the Economist that I always check out first.  It is the last page.When you have been reading a magazine long enough, you check out your favorite sections first.  I start with the last page of the Economist.  What's there?  An obit essay.

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I went to listen to the president give his annual state-of-the-college address.  He, like most educators these days, talked about how student enrollment growth is critical for the fiscal future of the university.  He used phrases that one would hear from a factory owner: production, products, pipeline, and--of cou

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I rarely see the usual people anymore.  Some of them have retired and gone away.  No Tyrannosaurus Elderex to be seen in this light of work, I suppose.  It was, thus, a young woman at the checkout counter.  Is

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