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Pat Rieger
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I am a Trekker, a Macintosh nut, a railfan, domestic, liberal, with lots of freckles and long red hair pulled back into a ponytail, and a dad (!), in my mid 40s.


Me with Mr. McFeeley, December 2006, at my favorite place to work


We live in a universe of unimaginable complexity, beauty, and wonder. And what do humans do? Worry about how much money they can make; who will be kicked off of the island or will be fired next; how far up in the hierarchy they can get; who in Hollywood is getting divorced and married, to name a few mindless pursuits. I think Douglas Adams got the point right about the dominant creatures on the tiny planet Earth when he wrote in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "Most of the people on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."

The pursuit of profit is destroying our world.

"Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Then you will find out that money cannot be eaten"
-a Cree prophecy

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. " - Carl Sagan

Suburbia is the spam of the built environment.

[Microsoft] Windows -- the OS equivalent of junk food - Bill Joy

I refuse to get used to the idea that life isn't fair, I do what I can to make it fair as much as I can. Just accepting it is utter bullshit.

"You've got to know the rules before you can break'em, otherwise it's no fun." - Detective James Sonny Crockett, Miami Vice, one of the best tv shows ever made (and I still want the Daytona!).

To be or not to be.
-- Shakespeare
To do is to be.
-- Nietzsche
To be is to do.
-- Sartre
Do be do be do.
-- Sinatra



a christmas story, al franken, albert einstein, allegheny valley railroad, anti-ann coulter, anti-bill o'reilly, anti-bush, anti-conservative, anti-corporation, anti-microsoft, anti-nationalism, anti-republican, anti-sprawl, anti-status quo, anti-suburb, apple macintosh, arianna huffington, astronomy, atheism, athiest, autumn, babies, bbc, bbc america, bbc world service, big band music, bloom county, britain, britcoms, british empire, british humor, carl sagan, cats, cemetaries, charlie brown, christmas, christmas trees, classical music, clerks, computers, conservation, cool weather, cosmos, coupling, cuddling, daytona spyder, diana krall, downtown, edwardian era, edwardian houses, england, environmentalism, eu, europe, european dream, european plan, european union, ex-patriots, fall, family, ferrari daytona spyder, foliage, geeks, gilligans island, gis, greg palast, ground force, historical sites, history, hms britannic, holiday season, indian food, ireland, irish music, irish traditional music, jazz, katrina vanden heuvel, kittens, liberal, local hero, london, mac evangelism, mac evengelist, mac os x, macintosh, macos x, memorial day, mexican food, miami vice, michael moore, most haunted, mtf, new beetle, old houses, one world, opus, passenger trains, peace, pennsylvania railroad, pepsi, photography, pittsburgh, progressive, progressive politics, prr, railfanning, recovering catholic, rms britannic, rms olympic, rms titanic, road trips, secular humanism, seti@home, setiathome, shopping downtown, shortwave, slate roofs, slave to money, snuggling, stained glass, star trek, sunday afternoon naps, superliners, telescopes, thanksgiving, the beatles, the nation, the uk, thunderstorms, titanic, tolkien art, top ten conservative idiots, trains, trams, transsexual, uk, unix, urban, urban living, victorian era, victorian houses, violins, volkswagen, vw, walking, white star line, wonder boys, work to live

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