Middle-of-Nowhere, California

My Young Artist

Blown away by this drawing my seven-year-old made. When I tried to lay the notebook flat to take a picture, he told me I had to let the pages flip up so that the drawing looked 3D. Who is this kid?

In the End

It's You

Very emotion. Much romantic.

Get Closer to You

Here’s a little love song my wife and I wrote and recorded for a friend’s play when we lived in LA.

Driving into the smoke

Stay-shun

A woman on the local NPR station pronounces the word as stay-shun.

C'mon, man!

LEGOLAND Ghost Town

Do we really want to be this kind of people?

Don’t mess with fate
It’s a double-edged sword
That your health can’t afford
Separate

Dystopian glow

Super Star

Here’s my son’s follow-up to the Underground theme: the Super Star theme.

Dads Gotta Brag

My 10-year-old recorded this version of the underground theme from Super Mario Brothers on GarageBand.

Prescient Words from 1993

Future historians will wonder how the sexual desires of only three to four percent of the population became the fulcrum on which an entire worldview was dislodged and overturned. A partial answer is that the media are to blame. Back in 1993, a cover story in the Nation identified the gay rights cause as the summit and keystone of the culture war:

All the crosscurrents of present-day liberation struggles are subsumed in the gay struggle. The gay moment is in some ways similar to the moment that other communities have experienced in the nation’s past, but it is also something more, because sexual identity is in crisis throughout the population, and gay people—at once the most conspicuous subjects and objects of the crisis—have been forced to invent a complete cosmology to grasp it. No one says the changes will come easily. But it’s just possible that a small and despised sexual minority will change America forever.
They were right. Tying the gay rights cause to the civil rights movement was a strategic masterstroke. Though homosexuality and race are two very different phenomena, the media took the equivalence for granted and rarely if ever gave opposing voices a chance to be heard. Though the unrelenting media campaign on behalf of same-sex marriage was critically important to its success, it wasn’t the most important thing. Americans accepted gay marriage so quickly because it resonated with what they had already come to believe about the meaning of heterosexual sex and marriage.

The Benedict Option, Rob Dreher

From Alan Sokal’s parody article in Social Text (1996):

“The π of Euclid and the G of Newton, formerly thought to be constant and universal, are now perceived in their ineluctable historicity; and the putative observer becomes fatally de-centered, disconnected from any epistemic link to a space-time point that can no longer be defined by geometry alone.”

Summer

I commissioned my 10-yo to write a song about summer, and this is what he came up with. (I did get him started with some lyrics for the first verse, but most of the song is his.)

My 6-yo made this recap of Return of the Jedi.

Music is everywhere.

What I wish for

My 10-yo’s latest composition

“Constant cynical criticism is a solvent that can dissolve liberal societies.”

The objective of social justice is to deconstruct liberal societies and reconstruct them as social justice societies, where [critical theorists] determine what is right and what is wrong for everybody. Here’s another truth: They tell us constantly the way that they’ll get the revolution is to apply and teach critical theory as widely as possible. What the theorists, ranging from the Frankfurt school to the radical New Left in the 50s and 60s to the postmodern deconstructionists to today’s Social Justice Warriors all understand and count on everyone not understanding is one simple truth: constant cynical criticism is a solvent that can dissolve liberal societies. This lets us start telling the truth about their tactics. Their tactics are simple: cynical criticism, doing it and teaching other people to do it, all the time, everywhere, about anything. It doesn’t matter whether your criticism is based in genuine understanding of what you’re complaining about. The point is to complain. And to criticize everything—even when it doesn’t make sense and, especially at times, when it is unfair.

The Truth about Critical Methods - James Lindsay

This may be my favorite show ending of all time. (From an episode of the Swedish detective series Beck)

Bedtime jam

Sometimes my boys and I have to lay down a bedtime jam before we say good night.

My 10-year-old made this on GarageBand. Love the snare fill.

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 10:28-33