Backyard Philosopher: I Mow, Therefore I Am

“I had always rejected the suburban ideal of the carefully clipped and methodically poisoned greensward, with its connotations of Babbittry, mundane middle-class aesthetics, and casual ecological depredation. But somehow, in the verdured acreage behind my home–where lately I have taken to carving crop circles and leaving elaborate paisleys of wildflowers intact–I find myself. | I mow, therefore I am.” Woody Hochswender –Backyard Philosopher: I Mow, Therefore I Am (Opinion Journal) I…

Crooked Timber

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Don't Click this Link: Extremely Annoying Ads

–Don’t Click this Link: Extremely Annoying AdsWired) There are some extremely annoying ads on this Wired article about “machinima” — a genre of digital storytelling created by people who use the monster-and-dungeon-creation tools supplied by game designers (or hacked by fans, probably). I didn’t get very far in the article because of the hovering ads for Cingular, which overlapped the text and generally annoyed the hell out of me. OK,…