A good time to look up

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Nine views of the sky over the past nine days in upstate New York.

Yes, I took photos of toilet seats in Korea

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“Full up” is exactly the opposite of what you want a toilet to tell you.

 

 

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I know Hello Kitty is popular everywhere, but biscuits? on the toilet?

 

 

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Yes, it sounds poetic, but maybe “drips” shouldn’t mix with plumbing-related things.

 

 

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So true.

 

New poem ‘That Day in Assisi’ just published

Thank you, The Ekphrastic Review, for publishing my poem!

You can read it here: http://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/that-day-in-assissi-by-michael-janairo

It is inspired by this painting:

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‘Just like everything else in nature’

Here’s another bit of English from Korea. Here’s more info about the the firm that made these, Lufdesign.

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Book review: Harry Frankfurt’s ‘On B.S.’

The following book review originally appeared in the July 31, 2005, edition of the Albany Times Union. A recent op-ed in The Washington Post by Fareed Zakaria called “The unbearable stench of Trump’s B.S.” references the book in describing the extreme lack of concern for the truth in statements from the Republican presidential candidate. The book, though, isn’t about Trump in general; rather, it is a challenge to everyone to examine how we may add to the world’s B.S. through our own contributions or by allowing others to get away with it.

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By Michael Janairo

For reasons that will be obvious, the title — and thus the subject — of the book in this review cannot be printed in its entirety in a family friendly newspaper such as the Times Union.

That word (think bovine excrement), the author writes, is sometimes replaced by humbug, balderdash, claptrap, hokum, drivel, buncombe, imposture or quackery . But the book rightly calls these words “less intense” and suggests they have more to do with “considerations of gentility” than the phenomenon to which they refer. They lack the sharpness and subversion inherent in the vulgarity.

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