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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us.
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website:
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Paul, that is a great article. I'm glad she has a book about it as well. Both my wife and I will probably read the book. Often, one doesn't know one lives in a sick culture until one compares the culture to a healthier one. That's why I was so blown away by the HBO Real Sports: I took for granted that people were mean to each other, but I was wrong. It doesn't have to be that way.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Pre-Vacation Ramble at Herculodge
Thanks, Ulysses. We leave Tuesday morning upon which I will be my daughters' concierge. You make good points. It's appalling how many Americans defend Jim Crow attitudes. Ulysses, do you recommend any good books on the topic of the issues you've raised in your comments? That HBO special really disturbed me.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Pre-Vacation Ramble at Herculodge
Gary has apprised us of the SWLing Post review of the Sangean ATS-405. The takeaway is good FM and birdy noises on AM. Overall, the 405 is easily eclipsed by the Tecsun PL-660, so the 405 isn't breaking any new... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herculodge
Good words, Ed. Oh boy is my daughter spirited. Maybe she'll grow up to be an engineer.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on When Fathers Knew Everything at Herculodge
My dad wore the black suit and white shirt. But the only watch I remember him wearing was a Timex. Now he has a vintage Rolex but he was never into watches back then. Love the Mark Twain quote. Greatest American writer.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on When Fathers Knew Everything at Herculodge
I'd like to see the price go down and believe it will since like the Kindle it's a huge consumer tool that encourages lots of convenience buying.
Thanks, JB, you're the first person to explain to me what the Amazon Echo actually is: A friend got an Echo (think siri always listening for a command + bluetooth speaker). It hooks into many services, including I-Heart-Radio and Tune-in-Radio.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herculodge
I dig the new Hyundai Genesis in smoke gray. Looks good to me.
Lee, interesting that you mentioned the Miata. Steve Irwin of Autoblog podcast said after driving the 2015 Miata it's the best car he's ever driven and its HP is low.
In fact, Invicta is sniffed down upon by the luxury watch wearing power class.
It's a temptation, for sure. This and the Sangean 909x.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2015 on New Sangean Stereo Radio: PR-D19 at Herculodge
Thanks, Ken. I wonder how its FM compares to the 909X's.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2015 on New Sangean Stereo Radio: PR-D19 at Herculodge
Ken, would you attribute the strong FM to the DSP chip?
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2015 on New Sangean Stereo Radio: PR-D19 at Herculodge
I'll be curious how it performs on AM and FM. I wonder how the PR-18 and 19 compare with the 909X on FM.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on New Sangean Stereo Radio: PR-D19 at Herculodge
Tom has apprised us of the new Sangean PR-D19 radio, for sell at Universal Radio and Amazon. Price is under $100, a little cheaper on Universal, but you have to buy the AC adapter separately. Even then, it's still cheaper... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Herculodge
Michael Vinovich's William Gibson article for WatchPaper explores the author's watch obsession. His love of watches led him to conclude that it is better to have fewer but better watches in one's collection. If pressed to choose a high-end contemporary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Herculodge
Those are nice watches, Ulysses, but I'm not in love with them. For now I'll have to "suffer" my Seiko Sumo as my dress watch. Another first world conundrum.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on Three "Cocktail" Watch Recommendations at Herculodge