Mar 012015

I’ve noted before that when a guy like me has a mohawk, the difference between spray-on color and natural color is the difference between ball coach dad and thug.


“You talkin’ to me? Hey. You talkin’ to me?”

I kept it to attend church this morning at my pastor’s behest, though he thought I was coming with the color. (I left it off because there was still a lot of blue on my scalp after the initial cleanup last night, and I didn’t want to risk going to work with such tomorrow.) There are a couple of older folks who vaguely disapprove—they did last year too—but it was/is mostly fine.

The trip to Publix for chili components was interesting. Folks were polite enough, but no one spent any longer than necessary interacting with me. (To be fair, I didn’t have a cashier or bagger I recognized, which is a little unusual.) It was the first time I’d been anywhere but church with it. I think people were even more unnerved by it than when I had the chops. (I went to Publix with those too.)

I don’t know what I’m going to do next year. I’ve kind of left myself nowhere to go on Crazy Hair Day.

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Feb 272015

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Leonard Nimoy died at his home today after a long illness. He was 83.

Many actors who become as closely identified with a character as Nimoy was Spock feel imprisoned by it. And I think he did, for some portion of his life. But I also think he came to realize how important Spock was to people at an uncommonly deep level, and ultimately embraced him, perhaps aided by the self-assurance and wisdom that comes with age.

Want to know something crazy? My first exposure to Leonard Nimoy wasn’t even on Star Trek. He hosted a show that my dad liked called In Search Of… I liked sitting in the recliner with him and watching it.

Could he pull off acting in and directing Star Trek IV, and make it funny, but also make it a Star Trek movie? He could. (“Are you sure it isn’t time for a colorful metaphor?”) Did you remember that he directed 3 Men and a Baby? He did.

(He did a T.J. Hooker too. Love him even more now, don’t you?)

Nimoy is remembered by us all as a talented actor, director, photographer, author, and scholar. Those who knew him personally remember those things, but also that he was a genuinely decent man and a good friend. Thank you, sir. RIP.

(Updated to include Leonard Nimoy’s final tweet.) One wonders whether he realized how close he was. I think he might have.

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Feb 082015

OK, social media gurus. Riddle me this. A few months back I unfollowed five accounts on Twitter because they were all posting the same content (almost always links to listicles). Each account belonged (ostensibly) to a different attractive young lady with a non-trivial amount of followers (tens of thousands). Each account followed me first, and […]

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