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An Open Letter to the Penn State Board Of Trustees

In light of the recent changes, including the dismissal of Coach Paterno and President Spanier, it's clear that the Trustees are moving forward and trying to create accountability. For this I applaud you. I urge you to continue cooperating with the investigators and determining what crimes have been committed.

Penn State is a great institution of higher learning. To that it owes much gratitude to its football program. The sports program has generated significant interest and revenue, and both are critical for a successful education program.

Unfortunately, I think the University needs to do more than simply removing people who made poor decisions.

My recommendation, although unprecedented, I believe would warm the hearts of the tens of thousands of students and alumni, as well as the thousands of faculty members and employees across the state. It's important to maintain an exceptional level of integrity within the educational structure. That begins with an exceptional gesture.

Kindle Lending Library, an early review.

Amazon announced today the Kindle Lending Library which allows Kindle users to "borrow" books.

This is a concept I've been hoping for, but I think Amazon is doing it wrong! In order to borrow books you must be a member of Amazon Prime, their annual fee VIP shopper's club.



I've always disputed the value of Amazon Prime. At $79 a year, it's pretty easy to save. You get free shipping on every order. You also get downloadable television shows and movies (fewer than Netflix, but a reasonable selection of 13,000 titles) for unlimited viewing.  But let's face it. If you love TV shows and movies, Netflix is a better service at a comparable price (for instant watch).  If you read a lot, free shipping is nice, but you get free shipping on every order over $25 anyhow. I don't know about you, but I've never walked away from Amazon with an order less than $25.  Prime members get priority shipping,  but I've never been disappointed with the timeliness of Am…

Leaving Albuquerque

My best friend and I stopped using the same night. We had been on a roller coaster the last summer before leaving Albuquerque. I was starting my grad program back east in September, and this was our summer.

The ride started right after graduation, that night, actually. She dropped it on my tongue. She was already high, and looked so beautiful I couldn't resist the temptation. That night under the influence of Ecstasy, we made love for what seemed like 100 times over 1000 years. Intertwined together, we stopped only for wine and pasta.

We never took X together again, because we knew our friendship would crumbled under the pressure of the chemistry between us. We loved each other, but never made love again until the last night.

Drinking cheap wine and trying new trips became our theme together. New music, new art, new dance and new drugs expanded our experiences in ways we never expected. The world became more clear and more fuzzy at the same time. Experiencing it while holding each ot…