The contemplation of things as they are
without substitution or imposture
without error or confusion
is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention.

— Francis Bacon

Waffle on Social Media

Waffle on Social Media:

My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here.


This is exactly how I look at it. I started this blog in 1999 and although it has an audience of nearly zero, I find it invaluable as a public history of what I’ve been thinking about over time and it is owned by and depends on no one but me.

A pile of unread books

Books I need to read
Books I need to read

Books I need to read

It seems I’ve gotten behind in my reading. This photo shows some of the books I’ve either started and not finished or haven’t started at all. And this doesn’t even include those on my Kindle.

I don’t mind having extra books around. It’s like having a neighborhood library right in my house.


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour



To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel: Joshua Ferris

I loved “Then We Came to the End” but this latest book by Joshua Ferris didn’t do as much for me. I enjoyed the first half of the book most, during which dentist Paul O’Rourke tried to determine who had created an entire online presence in his name. I identified with Dr. O’Rourke, who is a Luddite addicted to his “me-machine” (iPhone). After that the story veered into a statement on religion and finding oneself and I lost interest during one of the many passages describing Jewish religious history in more detail than I thought necessary. Plus, too much baseball.

I like the way Joshua Ferris writes, and that made it worth reading the book. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for.



The terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race

Bucky McMahon.

I’m thinking, you know, it was good shit, plastic. It answered a myriad of ‘how to’ questions, and thus occasioned a fabulous efflorescence, an unprecedented burst of wealth. Maybe plastic was Death disguised as Santa Claus—something for everyone from the ever-expanding plastic sack—but certainly this would be a tough planet without the plastic used in our technology. Maybe a good motto for homo sapiens as a species is, Live fast, die young, and leave a pretty archeological record. Our stratum will be a bright, shiny smear of plastic.

I’m not a fan of plastic.

How Fountain Pens are Made

Discriminating writers still consider the fountain pen the ultimate writing instrument.

Fountain pens are fun to use and, for some of us, to collect. I’m left-handed, which makes using a fountain pen challenging. It’s worth it.

Here’s how quality fountain pens are made.


Cross Posting by Default

I usually dislike when people cross post blog entries to every social media network they’re on. With that in mind, I’ve decided to cross post blog entries to (nearly) every social media network I’m on.

For a while I maintained a separate Twitter account used only for links to things I’ve posted elsewhere. That would be useful if I had a ton of followers and posted stuff way more often than I do. I don’t and I don’t so I’m going to bundle it all together and see how that goes.

This way you’ll never miss out on any of the quality content I publish! Or photos of my dogs.