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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Three Dragons and Five Cheers for the Octocentenary of the Magna Carta

June 5, 2015, 10:55 am

When June 14, 2015 rolls around, what’s the best possible outcome of the day? A season finale where Sansa Stark kills Ramsey Bolton? Arya becoming a Faceless Girl? Dany and Tyrion launching their army and dragons toward Westeros? Nah. Fans of stories set (loosely) in medieval England should spend this June 14th with everyone else celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The Magna Carta, originally signed (to be precise, affixed with the royal seal) on June 15, 1215, was the treaty […]

Backyard Blues

June 3, 2015, 11:13 am

First, we have a backyard. Let me start by making it clear that this is an incredible privilege. Now, read to the end and tell me if I’m whining about First World Problems. The backyard has been an incredible palliative when it comes to dealing with the widly fluctuating moods of Dar. It helps that he likes it, and that Bay Area weather is almost always temperate. The light that dapples through the trees as they gently wave with the […]


June 1, 2015, 4:35 pm

My wife and I watch a lot of D.C.-based shows, and maybe that’s because I have a B.A. in Political Science and another one in Theater Arts, but anyway we watch House of Cards, The Americans, Scandal, Homeland, and scatterings of others (looking at you, Alpha House and Madam Secretary). My favorite is Veep. And so this post is going to be a Veeppreciation. I don’t feel that Veep gets the praise it deserves, and that’s partly because it’s not […]