Silly thought of the day

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Rivalry among elite universities serves an important social function, because if alumni of these schools did not regard one another with some suspicion, they would be more likely to team up and fleece the rest of the country even more than they do today. It’s sort of the flip side of Jay Gould’s ...

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“A family is a little commonwealth”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Matthew Yglesias points and jeers at an NYT article on how Newt Gingrich is trying to sell his third wife as an asset to his Presidential campaign. Gingrich, one of the leaders of the effort to impeach Bill Clinton for his marital misdeeds, negotiated the terms of his divorce with his first wife while she ...

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Time for a settling of accounts

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

On the way home from work, I saw an advertisement plastered across the back of a bus, announcing that the Christian Day of Judgment will come on May 21st. This led me to wonder:

  1. When someone sells ad space to anyone annoucing an impending apocalypse, should they demand payment in full up front?
  2. If the ...

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Charity for crooks

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Like many people in the Orthodox community, I receive occasional brochures from Kupat Ha’ir, an organization that provides financial support to poor people in Israel. Kupat Ha’ir has such a history over-the-top marketing—touting the miracles that God has performed on behalf of its donors—that last year, one prominent Lakewood rabbi described its techniques as “gezel ...

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Kingdoms of awesomeness

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I have been putting off reviewing N. K. Jemesin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms ever since it came out, partly because there is just so much to say about it that I haven’t found the time to write up the review it deserves. But now that it is out in mass-market paperback and nominated for a ...

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Congratulations, Mr. President

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Does this mean we can take our troops out of Afghanistan?

Maybe some of them can be repurposed to chasing down Whitey Bulger.

It beats Windows Solitaire

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I’m too lazy to chase down the link in the wee hours of the morning, but I remember seeing a presentation by a team from Microsoft, arguing that user interface designers are too constrained by the desire to make everything easily accessible to a naive user. After all, they said, mastering a contemporary video ...

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I feel a song coming on

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Little zombies on the hillside
Little zombies eating human brains
Little zombies on the hillside
Little zombies all the same
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all busy eating human brains
And they all look just the same.

based on this classic, of ...

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Test

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

This is a test of blog-to-LJ connectivity. It was posted at 2011-04-24T09:53-0400.

The woman in question

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Various news outlets have reported that a pro-life group is calling a fetus as a witness before the Ohio state legislature, which is debating a bill that would outlaw abortion in any case where the embryo or fetus has a detectable heartbeat.

This is incorrect reportage.

First, witnesses, by definition, give testimony, and a fetus ...

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