Author Archives: Bob Benz

These books I have shorn against my ruin: from hobbits to Pynchon to the Tao

In a recent Wall Street Journal Saturday essay, Will Schwalbe made the case for reading. “At the trial in which he would be sentenced to death, Socrates (as quoted by Plato) said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living,” Schwalbe … Continue reading

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The West’s dumping ground

Colonies are the outhouses of the European soul, where a fellow can let his pants down and relax, enjoy the smell of his own shit. — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

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Badass bird

Sydney reminds us that mammals are delicious as he gnaws on a T-bone.

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Toby the corgi puppy

I’m still reeling from the loss of Ozzy, but this little guy’s visit during the Thanksgiving holiday helped somewhat. Toby is a corgi puppy, about 9 weeks old, who was visiting with our friends from Tennessee. It was great to … Continue reading

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Rory Gallagher, a broken down Starship and Owsley’s acid tongue

During my teen years in the late ‘70s, the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh was my musical mecca. From my first rock concert — Rush, Cheap Trick and Max Webster on March 14, 1977 — to myriad other shows, ranging from … Continue reading

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Ozzy, 2002-2016

He was a good dog. No, really. A great dog. The last time I sat with tears soaking my keyboard like this, I was writing about the demise of Gilligan, the black-and-tan coonhound from hell. But Ozzy was different. When … Continue reading

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The tale of disruption

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. — Macbeth … Continue reading

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Somewhere over Gravity’s Rainbow …

I’ve tripped on Gravity’s Rainbow already. Several times. I don’t think I made it more than 100 pages in during my previous attempts. This time has been different. to some degree, I’m taking guidance from the Right Rev. Dave Shaffer (Drinking … Continue reading

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360 video of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

I’ve been monkeying around with the Theta S vr/360 camera. The still were pretty easy to figure out, but video has been a tad trickier. To get it to render on YouTube, you have to make sure the right metadata … Continue reading

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Bike ride to Nelsonville

I took advantage of a gorgeous morning to ride up to Nelsonville and back on the Adena Hockhocking Bike Trail. This is a quick video of one of my favorite sections. The ride takes you along the Hocking River, the … Continue reading

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