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The Angriest Dog in the World
I’ve always been a big fan of David Lynch’s films and his television series, Twin Peaks, but what some people don’t know is that he’s also been a pioneer as a comic strip writer. His comic strip titled, The Angriest Dog in the World, is a favorite of mine. Each strip almost always has exactly the same progression of images, and every strip begins with the same caption:

The dog who is so angry he cannot move. He cannot eat. He cannot sleep. He can just barely growl. Bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis.

Here are some links to a few favorite examples:

If everything is real…
The psychological origin of the idea of space…
Pete has a “running gag”…
It must be clear even to the non-mathematician…
Some weeks, nothing is funny…
It doesn’t get any better than this…

David Lynch is also my favorite source for getting the weather in the morning.

Over at Brave New Traveler, a short article of mine has been published, titled “5 (Western) Thinkers Who Understood Inner Travel.”

This marks the beginning of a new foray for me, as I embark into doing more travel writing. In this case, I was still able to incorporate some of my philosophical knowledge, so the transition shouldn’t be too abrupt.

Definitely check it out. I’m probably going to write a companion piece to this one on Eastern thinkers, so if you have someone you’d like to see on that list, let me know!

What 5 Western thinkers would you have included?

I thought I should announce here the launching of a blog I’ll be maintaining, titled: Being in the World: An Online Resource for Studying Embodiment and Corporeality, which regards the Philosophy of Embodiment.

Embodiment was a major subject of study for me during my days as a student in Philosophy, and it is the subfield from which I am developing my own philosophical system.

The blog will be updated regularly, and I hope it will be a reliable resource for researchers and laymen within the field. But even if you don’t know much about the field, I’m sure you’ll find it interesting. Don’t worry, it’s not filled with technical writing, and it’s intended to introduce the field to the public too.

So check it out, subscribe to the RSS feed or bookmark it!

A couple of weeks ago, I headed off to Big Sky country to help deliver Montana for Barack Obama. In between knocking on doors and handing out reminders for people to vote, we were able to make the drive up to Glacier National Park for a few days.

Lucky for us, the Park was between seasons, so it was practically abandoned and it seemed as if we had the whole place to ourselves. Not even the Visitor Center was open, and we drove in and out of the Park without any rangers at the entrances.


This was what we woke up to in the morning!

Although we were certainly disappointed that Montana still ended up a Red State, the colors are changing. And there was a great sense of relief upon the election’s end which could only have been symbolized by the big blue skies and quiet, open spaces of Montana, where the past seems to dissipate into the air and the future seems to splay out on the horizon. Yes, things are changing. Perhaps it was the leaves, the season, the glaciers which seemed to be receding before our eyes, or perhaps it was just the election itself, but driving home– and it felt like home where we were driving– it was impossible to shake the omnipresent sense that it was coming: change.

Until now I’ve been using this site exclusively as a political blog titled “The Open Society”, as a sound off to my efforts in the ’08 U.S. elections. Over the last couple of months I’ve been mulling over what to do with this blog after the ’08 elections were over, and for those of you following the blog closely, I’m sad to report that this will be the end of “The Open Society”.

In its place, however, I’ll be posting a personal blog about my adventures, reflections on life, and the cornucopia of other things that interest me. Surely, that will still involve some occasional political commentary, but that will no longer be the focus of the blog. For those who wish to reference them, the old political entries will still be posted.

Change is the only constant; I hope you enjoy the changes!