Monday, March 6, 2017

Tyrants, Despots, and Authoritarians Part 2: Genghis Kahn

By all accounts Genghis Kahn was a cruel, merciless tyrant who conquered most of Eurasia through mass genocide, and an extremely energetic campaign of polygamy that has resulted in more than 16 million descendants alive today. He is also credited with conquering the enormous network of trade routes known as the Silk Road allowing for an unprecedented blooming of cross-cultural creativity throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Yes he was a horrible monster, but apparently Genghis was a monster with a lot of style.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Tyrants, Despots, and Authoritarians Part 1: Gilgamesh


 Gilgamesh and Enkidu: The First Buddy Film

The epic of Gilgamesh is the story of a cruel tyrant who abused the citizens of the ancient city of Uruk in what is now Iraq. The gods tried to check his despotic ways by creating an animal-man named Enkidu to challenge Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh won the battle and the two men became best friends. Then the two buddies went on a road trip and ended up destroying a sacred forest just for the hell of it. That pissed of the gods so they killed Enkidu. Gilgamesh was so sad he went looking for immortality but couldn't figure it out. Eventually Gilgamesh learned humility and came to understand that civilization was his most important and lasting achievement. Here's to happy endings.


March is a good month for reflecting on tyranny and resistance.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012





It really sets my heart a beating
Reading all the birthday greetings
From friends and family far and near
Whose voices I adore to hear
Thank you all for your kind words
Who says birthdays are for the birds?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Actually, it was a nightmare.


In my dream I got carried home by Uggie. And I was covered in dog slobber.