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Douglas Van Hollen
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Moving Day
I was eventually going to grow up. This blog is, finally, moving to its own domain: brownshoes.me . If you're one of my wonderful email subscribers, you can sign up for posts by email right here . Have a nice day, Blogger. Have a nice life.

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A reflection of my own disgust
I have never trusted mirrors. The very fact that they have this reputation of being archetypal truth-tellers makes me automatically suspicious. If they're so goddamned trustworthy, why is "mirror" always hanging out with that no-good "smoke" and getting cal...

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Our annual Halloween poem: Up the Hidden Stairs
I'd lived in the house for many years, Long enough to banish fears Of unknown properties Or undiscovered oddities. It all was just as appears. Then one day I tripped and fell Against a wall once known so well, But I'd never noticed The small painted lotus T...

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Eyeballs
The problem with writing on the Internet is that it is extremely easy to say anything you want without any indication that it will be interesting to anyone else. (Come to think of it, that's also the problem with poetry, music, playwriting, and talking.) By...

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FlickChart and the Theory of Stochastic Axiological Reflexive Epistemology
We are our tastes. What is "personality" other than the complete, closed set of our likes and dislikes. They determine our friends, our careers, our lifestyles, and (in a chicken-or-egg way) our political choices. One might say that just as art is the oppor...

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"First Principles", or "6:15am to 6:30am every day"
The first principle is not to punish yourself if you re-enter a room once you’ve left it, or if you find yourself not trusting the system. The second principle is never to re-enter a room once you’ve left it. The third principle is to trust the system. We l...

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Broken Promises of the Internet, Part 2: The Speed of Light is Slower Than My Car
[ Part 1 is here ] I'm old enough to remember when the "Internet" was a thing of pure potential. Its John-the-Baptists painted pictures of what would be possible once enough brains were hardwired into the system. But what was not apparent in those early day...

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Broken promises of the Internet, Part I: Community, Schmommunity
I'm old enough to remember when the "Internet" was a thing of pure potential. Its John-the-Baptists painted pictures of what would be possible once a sufficient number of brains were hardwired into the system. But what was not apparent in those early days w...

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