Archives 2010

Oy gevalt! Foiled again!

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I regret to inform you, comrades, that this year’s War on Christmas is over, and Christmas won.

via Hacker News

The mathematics of leaks

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I told my closest friend a deep dark secret that I didn’t want anyone else in the world to know, and she went around blabbing it to everyone. Don’t you think that’s disgusting and wrong? I don’t feel I can trust anybody now.

GENTLE READER: One can never learn to trust others ...

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Dept. of “we should be so lucky”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, writes: “President Obama wants to give the entire land mass of the United States of America back to the Indians. He wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords.”

via Talking Points Memo

The young and meaningful earth

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Matthew Yglesias proposes that we “assume that God created the universe—fossils and all—to look exactly like that 4,000 years ago. That’s obviously a religious hypothesis rather than a scientific one, but it’s consistent with the evidence and doesn’t anyone to believe in a scientists’ conspiracy or anything.”

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Calibrating my disappointment

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Like many other progressives, I’ve been disappointed by the many instances of Obama seeming too eager to compromise with Republicans, more eager to appease his right flank than his left. One of the ways I temper my feelings is by remembering how disappointed I had been with Clinton.

The military’s “don’t ask, don’t ...

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“...and I wouldn’t give tuppence for all of the rest.”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Dear Corporate Training Consultant Person:

The next time you give one of these seminars teaching employees of multinational companies how to work better in teams, where handling cross-cultural differences is one item on the curriculum, perhaps you could lay off the ethnic humor, eh? Crude remarks about the Scots, directed at the one Scottish employee ...

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Informado neniam malutilas

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If I were an Esperantist (instead of a guy who just happens to have an Esperanto-English dictionary lying around the house), I would kvell (how do you say kvell in Esperanto?) to hear that a nationally famous cable-TV host, even a frenezulaĉo, considered the language worth denouncing.

Know when to walk away

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

One of the most important things I learned, reading about negotiation theory, is the acronym “BATNA”.

BATNA stands for Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement. For example, if you are currently employed, are offered another job, and start negotiating your new salary, your BATNA is to keep your current job. If you are ...

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Infosec: the early years

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As part of my wife’s heroic renovation of our basement, she provided each one of our children with a little cabinet to keep their Lego creations and similar valuables. She screwed a hasp onto each cabinet and gave each child a padlock with a four-letter combination, so that each could secure his valuables against ...

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In honor of National Novelette Writing Month

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

One reason I haven’t been blogging much recently is that I’ve been trying to spend more time working on my fiction writing. I got so many helpful comments on my last submission that not only am I prepared to revise it and look for a publisher, but I wrote something else, and I am ...

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