Archives September 2010

Down and out in Chicago

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Recommended reading: Brad DeLong summons the waaaambulance for a poor, beleaguered University of Chicago professor, with an annual household income of over $450,000 and “less than a few hundred dollars per month of discretionary income”. This fellow is living so close to the financial edge that he fears that Obama’s proposed tax increase will ...

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Better minstrelsy, please

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Like all right-thinking (left-thinking?) people, I am shocked—shocked!—that the National Federation of Republican Women, at their Board of Directors’ meeting in South Carolina, would show off people dressed like this. I mean… I mean… the event where these pictures were taken was advertised as “A Southern Experience”, and the president of the SC ...

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We can, we can, we can, we can, demolish forty [REDACTED]

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The newspaper of record has revealed an embarrassing correlation:

In the ranks of captured and confessed terrorists, engineers and engineering students are significantly overrepresented….

I would like to reassure my readers, my friends, and the FBI that even though it says “software engineer” on my business card, anyone with experience in the field knows that ...

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The Great White North, with postmodern zombies

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

They say in Multiculturally Sensitive Writers’ School that it’s A Good Thing to go beyond generic raceless people who will default to generic white in the average reader’s mind. Instead, wherever possible, give your characters ethnicities, nationalities, etc., and think about how their upbringing as African-American, or Irish, or Lithuanian-Jewish, or whatever, has molded them ...

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We’ve been together for ages

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Happy anniversary to me and my beloved, my closest relative, the one who makes my heart sing. I know she must love me, too, because in spite of my numerous flaws, we have lived together for twelve years and I remain unpoisoned.

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