Here again, decades since it meant back-to-school for me; but now my kids go. It seems a bigger deal than the New Year, and weighs heavier as the number to come grows smaller.

I Hate It · The green leaves and young women are still worshipping the sun with their flesh, and I haven’t had to put on socks yet. But those hours of sun are on the steep downslope of the seasonal sine wave, less of them every week and you can feel it, and we’re gonna have to turn the furnace on at night one of these days.

The leaves are still green
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Sunset is arriving sooner

“Winter is coming”, like they say on BitTorrent oops Game of Thrones, and let’s all just not overthink that lest we pick up seasonal-prospective-disorder.

School · My son started high school; schedules and homerooms and electives, and he’s biking 25 blocks to get there, joining the powerful Vancouver cyclist culture. The load of child-rearing shifts — and becomes lighter! — in lurches not smoothly.

It took me nearly twenty years after graduation to lose that repeating-nightmare where exams are coming up and somehow you’ve neglected, for some course, to attend any lectures or do any assignments.

Technology · My TV and Internet are better than in previous autumns; as are my computer and cameras and book-reading options.

On the big Internet, I find the technology shifts remarkably sluggish; occasionally I see something like Bourbon Neat and think ”That looks better”; but not too often. Around the edges, the screens are bigger and brighter and lighter. But still, it feels like the people running the network are its enemies. That sucks.

Work · My new job is pretty groovy so far, except for we haven’t actually shipped anything I’ve worked on in months and months; so I’m feeling more than a little gagged.

But my patience is growing shorter. One of these years I want to stop caring about products. It’s the Net that matters, not any one product, and increasingly needs defenders and advocates, for its own sake.

Politics · The U.S. is putting on its every-fourth-year passion play and yeah, it’s great that we get to watch brilliant rhetoricians, but it’s impossible not to be sickened by the duplicity and stupidity of the American right wing.

And for the first time in years, I’m feeling seriously bent out of shape about my own country; our current government is demonstrably, unsubtly, offensively anti-science, and there can never be an excuse for that. We can’t have another election soon enough.

Thanksgiving’s Coming · My family are healthy and sane, mostly, and we’re not broke, and we’re not lonely, and we’re not bored. So whatever, September.



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From: Mike P (Sep 06 2012, at 18:18)

"It took me nearly twenty years after graduation to lose that repeating-nightmare where exams are coming up and somehow you’ve neglected, for some course, to attend any lectures or do any assignments."

Crap, that means I still have about 8 years left of those dreams? :)

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From: BWJones (Sep 06 2012, at 18:20)

Nice update. I've always been interested about how US politics are perceived abroad... not that Canada is *that* abroad, but in many ways it is. I read The Economist and Der Spiegel, but they only take us so far.

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From: len (Sep 07 2012, at 08:21)

<blockquote>it’s impossible not to be sickened by the duplicity and stupidity of the American right wing</blockquote>

Until you repeat the phrase, "passion play" and understand the behavioral semiotics as driving behaviors among fairly simple action domains.

Feeling any better after the conventions? :)

Excessive negativism from the right is proving to be.. excessive. The play turns on the trope of "We are Americans who know how to work together. What's your problem?" vs "We Love This Man and Want to Have His Baby?".

Fear only works as an act for so long. America is demonstrably better off and put the "we just don't like the guy" folks to one side, it isn't smart to fire an employee who is doing the job you hired him to do just because some other employees don't like him.

As for Canada, you need a better sense of national identity over provinicial egos and languages. OTW, you are ripe for a good old fashioned right wing BBQ because you fear each other more than you like each other and fear feeds the flames of distrust. Then the call for "Strong Men" is easy.

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From: James Abery (Sep 24 2012, at 06:49)

I still get those dreams even though I graduated 16 years ago. Oddly I don't remember getting them before I graduated!

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