If you want a blog . . .

As you’ve no doubt noticed, this is not a blog.

If you want a blog, I suggest checking out Physicalism, which is written by a pseudonymous blogger whose opinions I generally share.

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Comcast Channels

A pain with Comcast cable TV is that you have to scroll past dozens of channels that you don’t subscribe to in order to get to the channel you actually want. Apparently it is possible to set up a “favorites” list that lets you get around this, however. Link: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/XfinityTV-and-Equipment/Show-only-channels-subscribed-to/td-p/1451821

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Jelinek’s account of defending my father.

Don Jelinek was a civil rights lawyer who defended my father (Paul Bokulich) when he was charged with stealing a welfare check from an elderly black man in Alabama. Jelinek was able to use the case to have the U.S. district court rule against all-white juries and require that blacks be allowed to serve on juries as well.

I believe my dad is the only 100% Croatian person in the world to be declared black in a court of law. The judge responded to Jelinek’s complaint about the all-white jury with the retort, “But your client is white!”

“Your Honor,” Jelinek replied, “for the purposes of this case, my client is black.” And the judge left it at that.

The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but as far as I can tell, that decision only dealt with the question of whether the striking down all-white juries should also block criminal charges being brought against my father.

Jelinek’s recollections of the episode can be found here. It’s part of a larger interview conducted by Bruce Hartford. I’m hoping that Don won’t mind if I paste in this part of the interview below the fold, just so it’s saved if for any reason donjelinek.com should disappear.

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Mom and Dad in the local newspaper

Soquel man recalls his place in Civil Rights fight: Paul Bokulich worked under Martin Luther King Jr.

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Legislating Geometry

If this were actually a blog, I would put a clever post comparing creationism and climate-change denialism with 19th century attempts in state legislatures to pass laws fixing the value of Pi to something other than 3.14159 . . .

But this isn’t a blog, so I’m just going to post a link and leave it to you to imagine an accompaniment of wit and snark.

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Foundations of Physics group

This sounds like a very interesting book (being discussed by a Google group).

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Selma

I just found a perfect acting gig for my brother Jake.

It looks like Lee Daniels has been thinking about making a new movie about Martin Luther King and the Selma march (though I guess it’s on hold now for want of funding).

My dad at the Selma March

See that tall skinny white guy in the middle? The one who’s snatching up that poor innocent black girl? I figure Jake could play him — — since he’s his son.

Yes, unlike Romney, my father actually did march with MLK.

(Well, he was officially there as medical support; he was a fire fighter. And he’s not abducting the girl; he’s getting her back in line so the local law enforcement don’t get an excuse to break up the march.)

Of course, this was before my time (although, as this picture attests, my older sister was born not long after).

My personal connection to MLK is merely the fact that my current office used to be his dorm room when he was at Boston University.

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