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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. herculogical@verizon.net
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: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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Brandon, after 2009 vintage radios went down in price. It's related to economy in general. I like your vintage radio collection. I've written them down and will put them on my wish list.
Gary, to stop being addicted and to stop buying consumer products to review for a blog is a sort of death. I'd like to keep Herculodge going if I can but I imagine the posts won't be as frequent. Just as I found satisfaction with my radio collection (but would buy upgrades when I see fit), I'd like to reach that state with my watches.
Gary, the plan is to go on watch hiatus after acquiring the Promaster Sky in silver titanium. "I've got what I want."
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When I got bit by the radio bug in 2004 and bought every Grundig, Eton, Kaito, and Tecsun being released, I started my radio education. At the time, I also bought some vintage Panasonic, Sony, and Telefunken radios. Has my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herculodge
I noticed the SWLing post had been apprised of Jay Allen's Eton Field 550 review. Here are some highlights from the review: One. The Field is an improvement over the Grundig S350. Two. The Field beat the C.Crane-SW by a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herculodge
It was raining and we were driving through the dark parking lot at Lowe’s. Jamie and Maggie, now two, were in the back of the car. I had told Mike to look for the twins’ favorite shopping cart, a dual-cart racecar. Mike was squinting and scanning the parking lot. “I’m... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Third Child
"Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts" in NYTimes Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
Alone Together by Sherry Turkle In a 5-page essay with 5 sources, support, refute or complicate the notion that Sherry Turkle's Alone Together is a technophobic screed that exaggerates and twists information to create an unfair nightmare portrait of social media. Acting Out Culture, Third Edition, edited by James Miller... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Early morning we were driving south on Pacific Coast Highway to the clinic for Mike’s vasectomy. The girls were home with my best friend Allyson. via herculodge.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Herculodge
Early morning we were driving south on Pacific Coast Highway to the clinic for Mike’s vasectomy. The girls were home with my best friend Allyson. “Six months isn’t much time after the twins to rush into this. Are you sure you want to do this, Mike?” “Couldn’t be too soon.”... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Third Child
Hopefully the straps are standard. Some Invictas are not.
My understanding is that it isn't worth the cost and time to send your watch to Invicta in United States (Florida, I believe) for repairs. The cost will be greater than the value of the watch and you may not get your watch back for 6 months. My understanding is that Invictas are bought like disposable razors; you simply replace them. While a few Invicta models look appealing to me, I currently do not own any Invictas.
Nine thirty at night and the twins, now six months old, were asleep. Mike was sucking on a melatonin lozenge for insomnia and reading in bed when I walked into the room. A fan was blowing full-blast. His right eye was half shut. Both eyes were surrounded by dark, reddish... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Third Child
Slate article "Big Doctor Is Watching" Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Critical Thinker
You need an in-class essay and research paper for every two chapters of Acting Out Culture. I recommend an in-class essay at the end of every third week and the research paper due at the end of the fourth week. At least your in-class essays will stagger with the 1C... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Our doula Celeste arrived the fifth day after we took our girls home from Torrance Memorial. She showed up with what looked like a 300-pound black St. Bernard named China Bear. Celeste was pale and heavy and had black frizzy... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Herculodge
Our doula Celeste arrived the fifth day after we took our girls home from Torrance Memorial. She showed up with what looked like a 300-pound black St. Bernard named China Bear. Celeste was pale and heavy and had black frizzy hair, a pointy chin, and a Roman nose. She was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Third Child
"Loneliness in the Age of Facebook" "The Age of the Brag Is Over" "How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy" "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?" Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
What's funny is that in a way watch enthusiasts do indeed rent. The Watch Enthusiast Community buys, trades, and sells among themselves. They're very tight-knit and know who's legit and who's not.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Watch of the Month Club at Herculodge
NYTimes review of Ghettoside about the inadequate policing of murders in inner cities shows the triangulation against black men: murder, mass incarceration, police brutality. I guess we could add a fourth, unemployment and a fifth, lack of education. The LA Times review emphasizes the misapplication of the law, which puts... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
LA Times address minimum wage debate. An LA Times opinion piece supporting increased minimum wage. An LA Times opinion piece against hike in the minimum wage. Paul Krugman of NY Times supports hike in minimum wage. A WSJ opinion piece against a hike in the minimum wage. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
The Atlantic has an article, "Locked Up for Being Poor," about how poverty creates a cycle of incarceration, unemployment, and poverty that is tied up with private enterprise. Also in The Atlantic: "How Student Debt Stunts Financial Growth" Here a Slate writer tackles The Hunting Ground documentary debate about campus... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
For English 1A Final Essay, use Linda Tirado's Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America. In a 5-page essay, support, refute, or complicate Tirado's assertion that being poor is a psychological condition that renders the sufferer limited in choices and resources to muster a counterattack against poverty so that the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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In the best of all worlds, I wish I could rent to own when it comes to my watch hobby. It takes about a month to see if a watch is going to fit in my rotation. Even watches I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herculodge
They cut me open at nine the next morning. All I remember was seeing blood and one of the nurses saying I was losing too much. I couldn’t see the tables where they put my babies, the first-born, blondish Maggie,... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Herculodge