March 27th, 2009


Lar Holbek Obit CTD: found a really good article about him

Kayak Session is French published, and quite beautiful. They usually don't put entire articles online but they put this one up because so many people were looking for it. (I notice today that there are a LOT more google image results for Lars today than there were on Monday.) Generally to see any of this magazine you must subscribe to the paper edition. The paper is quality and the photos are fantastic...we call it "paddle porn". If you're into kayaking, this is great stuff. Even people who know nothing about it really enjoy the photography. I used to subscribe and probably will again someday.


Got a haircut for free today. I asked Suz to cut it, and she wouldn't. She has always refused out of fear that she will do it wrong. Then I asked Boots, downstairs, to cut it. She was scared too, and refused. So I went walking down the street, with a fiver in one hand and scissors and a brush in the other. I was hoping to bump into a Mom, someone for whom cutting hair is no big deal. A skinny trimet uniformed guy on a bike stopped rolling when I waved, but then said he couldn't cut my hair for me, and acted like he thought I might be nuts, maybe dangerous. Finally I asked a guy with a couple of dogs at the elementary school. He asked what it means to cut my hair, and I said take a couple inches off the end in a reasonably straight line. He said sure, no problem. I offered him the fiver, he said he didn't want it. I offered to hold the leash while he cut it, and he said sure. His name is Mike. Thanks Mike. Somebody in Portland is not afraid. And my hair is just FINE.

Lectures on Life and Death by Shelly Kagan at Yale

Saw this and had to repost it because I would really like to listen to these lectures! It's a free course from Yale online, from Professor Kagan, on Death from a Western philosophical perspective. It's 26 lectures in all, covering Plato, the soul and identity, suicide (the last three lectures) and the works.
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