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Feverish Ravings of a Middle-Aged Mind

Douglas Moran

Douglas Moran
Austin, Texas,
June 25
Low-level Technical Weenie
TechnoGypsy, family dude, technical writer, frisbee golfer, movie buff, political junkie, gadget fiend, computer nerd.


APRIL 16, 2014 6:15PM

Shameless Self-Promotion


Yup, it's me again.  As I mentioned before, I don't know how many folks still look at my blog here, wondering if I'm ever going to post again.  Though it's unlikely, given that I've started my own blog on my own domain, I might poke my head in now and again.… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2014 6:14PM

Shameless Self-Promotion


Yup, it's me again.  As I mentioned before, I don't know how many folks still look at my blog here, wondering if I'm ever going to post again.  Though it's unlikely, given that I've started my own blog on my own domain, I might poke my head in now and again.… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2014 8:40PM

Where the Heck is Doug?


If you are a reader of my blog, first of all thank you.  I know a few people are, though after nearly two years if everyone's given up on me, I wouldn't be all that surprised.

But on the off chance that some people still wonder if I'll ever post… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2012 7:28PM

Rational Gun Control

Springfield 360x450

Image courtesy of Fletcher Custom Pistols 

I like guns.

No, seriously: I learned to shoot guns in the Boy Scouts; I love the times I go target shooting with my good friend Chris; I very much enjoyed learning to skeet shoot with my Pop.  I am fascinated by the engineering and… Read full post »


Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald (obviously!) 

Justice Scalia has never been a particularly nice guy.  He says that he's "an originalist", i.e. interpreting the Constitution based on his understanding of "the Founders' intent", but that's B.S.; when he has his own axe to grind (e… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2012 9:49AM

The Irony of the Supreme Court


Today is the second day for the Supreme Court of the U.S. to hear arguments for and against the "individual mandate" of the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA), also known as "Obamacare".  It's a very big deal; if the court strikes it down, it could be a big set back for… Read full post »


I bet you never expected Republicans to be . . . the Spanish Inquisition! 

If you've been reading the papers or watching the TV lately, you've probably seen mentions of the blowback against the Right-wing anti-sex-for-pleasure crowd created by this horrific, invasive, unnecessary biRead full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 2:41PM

Republicans and Birth Control

The face of the Republican Id; not pretty, is it?
The Republican party--they of "limited government" and "no judicial activism" and "keep the government out of my personal business"--has been a bunch of flaming hypocrites for a long time, of course.  Used to be, though, t… Read full post »


When I was growing up and learning some history, I used to think that people in the past were, well, stupid.  Why didn't they realize that bleeding you made you worse, not better?  Why didn't they understand electricity?  Why didn't they figure out you could burn oil?  How… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 11:57AM

Why We'll Never See Eye to Eye


Image courtesy of Science and Technology Updates 

With the recent defeat of the "Personhood" amendment in Mississippi, along with the continued support that the "personhood" idea has in Republican party and, most depressingly, in the Republican Presidential candidates, I've been thi/… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2012 11:15PM

Why I'm Liberal and Progressive


When I was in Middle School, one of my teachers explained the liberal vs. conservative dichotomy this way:  conservatives want to "conserve" things from the past, while liberals want to change things.  My feeling at the time was, gee, since the world changes all the time, don't you/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2011 3:11PM

Why We *Can't* All Just Get Along


(I really don't think they're hugging . . .) 

I just wound up a typically-frustrating "conversation" on  Twitter with a self-describe "Unaffiliated conservative, opponent of big Government in general, Democrats in particular".  (I put "conversation" in quotes because, on Twitte… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 8:34PM

Christopher Hitchens: A Dissenting View

Hitch in his cups

I'm a little startled by how far out of the mainstream my complete lack of sorrow at the passing of Christopher Hitchens puts me.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not glad he's dead.  I certainly did not wish him dead.  But given his--how shall I say this?--fairly caustic nature, I'm/… Read full post »


Image courtesy of Math Help web site 

It has always driven me a bit whacky how few people can do pretty simple math, but Republicans are amazing at taking their ignorance and lack to a whole new level and then exporting the stupid conclusions based thereon to the world… Read full post »


phone support

 Image courtesy of PMarkets

I just called your IT department, and let me say this up front: I want a native American-English speaker.

I work with a lot of people who were born elsewhere, i.e. not the U.S.: China, Taiwan, Japan, India, the Phillipines, Russia, Ukraine, France… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2011 9:27PM

The Anti-Pleasure Lobby


No, no, can't have any of that! Might lead to dancing!
(Photo courtesy of Amy Jo Goddard)

I was listening to Rachel Maddow's 6/8/2011 show earlier today, and was interested by  National Organization for Women current President Terry O'Neill's take on the rash of new "personhood" bill… Read full post »

 Pete, in full flight
It wasn't rock and roll that saved me; it was Pete Townshend. 
It wasn't Pete's "masterpieces" like Tommy, Quadrophenia, and the failed Life House that turned into the incredible and remarkable Who's Next?.  And it wasn't even the songs, awe/… Read full post »
APRIL 11, 2011 6:36PM

The Pale King and I


One of the toughest things to find, for me, is a reviewer (in movies, music, books, whatever) who either has tastes similar enough to mine, or whose reviews are thorough enough, to give me a decent idea as to whether I'd like something or not.  To find both in…

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APRIL 5, 2011 5:42PM

These Are the Good Old Days


What is she saying? "These are the good ol' days"! 

(And any excuse is a good one for listening to Carly Simon, as far as I'm concerned.  And how about that 70s stylin'?) 

I'm a middle-aged dude, pushing 50.  And the cliche for middle-aged and old folks is that

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Pacific Garden Mall, Santa Cruz, CA, shortly after 10/17/89

(Note: this post originally appeared--in slightly different form--as a response to the wonderful post by Ume Blossom.)

Let's get this out of the way right up top:  I really don't know beans about Japan.

I would like to. &n… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 11:07PM

Why I Stick By My Children


I can't get this article/post/cri d'ceour out of my head.  It's made me sad, and angry, and frustrated, and angry, and confused, and really, really angry.  When I get angry, I write.  If I'm lucky, I don't rant; I only write.

So I'm writing.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2011 9:05PM

Ironic Hipster Detachment




Yesterday digby put up a really good post taking Jon Stewart's The Daily Show to task for going down the road of false equivalence, equating the looniness on the right to something only remotely similar on the left:

See? He's a real liberal with real liberal ideas. Bu… Read full post »



 Image courtesy of the New York Times

I don't like to write about sexual politics, honestly.  First of all, I'm a white guy, by default one of the most priviledged people in the country, if not the world.  Yes,  I've worked my behind off to do well, yes… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 1:14PM

O'Reilly and Obama

The interesting thing to me about the O'Reilly/Obama interview is not the information--if any--it contained.  I have enough confidence in Obama's ability to obfuscate and O'Reilly's good sense to not be a total penile-encephaleptic in the presence of the President to know that there weren't goin… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2011 2:34PM

Egyptian Ignorance

egypt protests

I'll get this out of the way right up front:  I know very little about modern Egypt.  I know that their "president", Hosni Mubarak, is really just a dictator with a thin veneer of democracy.  I know that the U.S. has been in bed with Egypt pretty much since they… Read full post »