Category Archives: Miscellaneous

What Is to Be Done?

What’s happening to my generation’s children, the Millennials, is similar but also worse than what happened to my generation, Generation X. At least my generation had a lot of terrible, entry level jobs in the service sector to start in. … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Demagogues in the United States

First, fix the Electoral College. Many people still view the EC as some brilliant move of statesmanship worked out by our supernally wise founders back 1787. This is not supported by history. The founders of this country weren’t superhuman and … Continue reading

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We are all living inside in a Consolidated track

Okay, so around September of last year, I had a second SQL injection of boner pill links on my site. In the intervening twelve months, the true nature of one in five people in this country has manifested. Why do … Continue reading

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Jack Kirby in Motion

So this is really a miscellaneous post about several things and just an excuse to keep my site from going stale. The animated image is just there so you won’t think this is a complete waste of your time. You … Continue reading

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My History with Gizmo Wristwatches

When I was in college back in the middle Eighties, I had a Casio calculator watch. This was the expensive apotheosis of nerdery back then. In the Eighties Japan was kicking everyone’s ass in consumer electronics. At the time microchips … Continue reading

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Now this is really neat!

Some guy went and built himself a giant robot suit to cruise around in! I mean, think of the legions and legions of ten year olds and former ten year olds who’ve always wanted to do something like this! What … Continue reading

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I browse, I link, I'm back.

So I’m quoted, or rather my alter-ego is quoted, talking about drugs that boost certain limited aspects of intelligence. This, in all things, in Spin Magazine–tsk, tsk. Ah me, famous at last. DARPA researchers develop a method to accelerate our … Continue reading

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Louisiana 1927

I suppose I should say something about what has been happening on the Gulf Coast these last 7 days. A Randy Newman song, which this post is titled after, has been surfacing in my head over and over again these … Continue reading

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In case we forget

Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons on Japan in World War II. Rather than go into the justification or lack of justification for those events, I’d rather point to the fact that there are still … Continue reading

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A wide ranging set of links

By way of Stephen’s Web comes Quality Tips for Webmasters, a short list of simple yet powerful ways to improve your site accessibility, usability and ease of maintenance. Neat, energy efficient gadgets (by way of Metafilter.) From the starving, yet … Continue reading

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