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The immoral state of Washington D.C.

August 6, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
The immoral state of Washington D.C.

When you see writing this good, you should share it. This article by Thomas Frank, “How Conservative Greed and Corruption Destroyed American Politics,” perfectly captures my frustrations and fears regarding the corruption that abounds in Washington DC. Here’s a small excerpt of the article, which was published by Salon.com: The truth is as obvious as […]

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River montage in one shutter click

July 14, 2008 | By | Reply More
River montage in one shutter click

I carry a little camera with me much of the time, just for moments like this. I was riding a light rail train across the Mississippi River today. The west end of the bridge consisted of a series of heavy metal girders and cables, as well as stone arches. The train was going about 30 […]

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Merit and Fear

July 14, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Merit and Fear

We like to believe, as Americans, that this country is a meritocracy. The idea—Horatio Alger, Thomas Edison, McGuyver, all emblematic of this notion—that the best qualified rise to the top, that those who can display and apply ability, skill, and intelligence are the ones who are selected—either by themselves or through the recognition of society—to […]

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Pournography and Denial

June 24, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
Pournography and Denial

I was surprised yesterday to find a post by Jerry Pournelle (well known SF author and technology columnist) on MensNewsDaily (a starkly conservative news magazine site with pretensions of middle-of-the-roadism). His column, Intelligent Design: Answers and Questions, is openly favorable to the premise that Intelligent Design and Global Warming denial should be taught in science […]

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The Possessive Contraction

June 2, 2008 | By | 10 Replies More
The Possessive Contraction

I just found out why we English speakers use apostrophe-ess ( ‘s ) to indicate the Saxon Genitive Case. “Huh?” I can hear you gasp. I’ve been using it for 40 years to indicate the possessions of an object by a subject. It just always was this way, like mountains or the alt-tab keyboard convention. […]

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Please don’t send me any store-bought greeting cards!

May 25, 2008 | By | 13 Replies More
Please don’t send me any store-bought greeting cards!

I know that pre-written store-bought greeting cards are not the cause of America’s current downfall, but they are a symptom of America’s cultural, moral and educational decline. Really. I know that many of you are thinking that I’m way off base here, but let me give you a few examples based on today’s trip to […]

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Homonym Ho Hummin’ him

April 10, 2008 | By | 11 Replies More
Homonym Ho Hummin’ him

Just a quick jot about one little thing that regularly bugs me on the net. Many people don’t know their homonyms. I don’t mean those who can’t think of them. I mean those who know them all by spelling, but not by meaning. And pick the one that looks fancier whether or not it is […]

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What Ever Became of Interoperability?

March 26, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
What Ever Became of Interoperability?

I was reading this ZDNet blog about the Browser becoming the new Desktop, and one question came to mind. What happened to the promise of inter-operable parts of your computer environment? About 15 years back, when computers were going to create the paperless office, all of the operating system and desktop teams were promising this […]

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Write your biography in six words.

March 16, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
Write your biography in six words.

Putting one’s life description into only six words is the subject of a new book, Not Quite What I Was Planning. This review published in The New Yorker gives you the flavor: It started as a reader contest: Your life story in six words. The magazine was flooded with entries. Five hundred-plus submissions per day. That’s […]

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