QuantumDice QuantumDice, "a random tumble through interstitial space," is written by longtime newspaper journalist Howard Weaver, who has covered news in Anchorage, Alaska, and Sacramento. Now an independent writer and media advisor, Howard lives in Sacramento and Shenandoah Valley.

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The NRA is not stupid …

Dec 21, 2012

These thoughts were passed along to me from a friend's spouse. If he posts them himself I'll link. Till then, I thought it important to share this insight now, early in the debate:"The NRA is not stupid. They are trying to re-frame the gun debate and t...

Commentary: Alaska becoming a swing state? Not so fast, Mr. Silver

Dec 7, 2012

I took mild issue with Nate Silver on Twitter yesterday about his article "Alaska: Future Swing State?" I said it was "proof that Silver is better with numbers than analysis."   Ted Cuzillo (@datadoodle) asked what I’d have said if I was...

Post-election analysis: Manifestations of Nate Silver’s analytical journalism in the 1980s

Nov 8, 2012
Post-election analysis: Manifestations  of Nate Silver’s analytical journalism in the 1980s

With all the Nate Silver inspired debates about analytical journalism going on, I can't resist referring to the work Richard Mauer, Larry Makinson and others did at the Anchorage Daily News in the 1980s-1990s. Using a Macintosh 512 and Fourth Dimensio...

Today we face another crisis too valuable to waste

Nov 2, 2012

A veteran political observer I know is fond of quoting the aphorism, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It means, among other things, that sometimes only crisis can break through governing gridlock and make things happen. In today&rsqu...

Whatever happened to facts?

Oct 17, 2012

For several years now I've been giving a talk at journalism conferences and classrooms I called "Whatever happened to facts?" I took as my starting point a brilliant headline from The Onion, which said, "One in five Americans now believes Obama is a ca...

Days of olives & honey: Harvest time at Redwing Ranch

Oct 5, 2012
Days of olives & honey: Harvest time at Redwing Ranch

See the full gallery on Posterous Since we had Alaskans on hand willing to work, we harvested olives and a couple of combs of honey today. Our olive harvesting meager, owing to recovery from last year's olive knot, but the trees look much bette...

A caludron of chiles

Sep 10, 2012

Barb bought a selection of heritage chili pepper seeds from the University of New Mexico last year and they've produced abundantly in this second season.I don't recall all the varieties at the moment and we've yet to taste any (that will ch...

Our first fruit harvest at Redwing in 2012

Jul 17, 2012
Our first fruit harvest at Redwing in 2012

Since the birds have already harvested our cherries, these fat plums are the first real harvest of the year from Redwing orchard. The big juicy looking specimens are Santa Rosas, of which there were disappointingly few. They're gorgeous, though. More ...

The "postmodern sublime"

Jul 14, 2012

This is taken from a blog post I did in July 2008 at Etaoin Shrdlu:   Utopian or distopian? At the moment, things feel precisely like the condition social theorist Fredric Jameson described as “the postmodern sublime” &ndas...

Kitchen window, Eagle River, Alaska

Apr 18, 2012
Kitchen window, Eagle River, Alaska

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