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Monthly Archive: August 2008

Aug 31 2008

Happy Birthday, Mike

Today is Tangled Up in Blue Guy‘s birthday. Mike, my wish for you is that this be the year you manage to get back to school. However, I hope you realize that even if school eludes you a little longer, you’re taking big steps toward your dreams. The formality of a university program can only …

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Aug 30 2008

Capital Gains and Retirement Income

Mike has a nice WaPo excerpt on the impact of the McCain and Obama tax plans. It has a beautiful graphic that tells the story very eloquently. However, a question came up in the comments: This may be a strange place to ask for financial information, but I just had a conversation about Obama’s tax …

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Aug 30 2008

Carnival of Elitist Bastards Is Up

I don’t often write like an elitist bastard. I’m pretty careful about it, actually. Still, sometimes it just needs to be done. Luckily, there’s a place for this kind of writing. I say, “luckily,” because if done well, it can be highly entertaining to read. Blake Stacey, of the newly relocated Science After Sunclipse, has …

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Aug 29 2008

Obama Wins Minnesota 60%-40%

At least he does if the voters are limited to registered readers of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I was flipping through the comments on the local article about McCain’s inexplicable VP pick. Comments can be voted up or down, and it got to the point where I didn’t have to read the comment to know …

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Aug 29 2008

Now This Is Civilized, Mostly

Here’s how to start your morning. Prep for dinner with friends while making breakfast. Leave the robots behind you cleaning the house. Enjoy a nice, cool walk to work. Be greeted by name at the coffee shop. Have your Friday mocha ready by the time you’re done ordering. Get to work to find that your …

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Aug 27 2008

Oh, It Burns–Must Share

Kelly shared this lovely ad from France. Well, that wasn’t what he called it. His description: “Orangina Phatasmagoria as imagined by Furry Enthusiasts on a Binge.” I’ve tried to resist, but I must pass it on. If I can’t unsee it, you must see it too. Full disclosure: I own a cell painting of Omaha …

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Aug 27 2008

I’ll Take Mine Dense, Please

Periodically, someone blames the interwebs for declines in attention span and amount of reading people do. I’ll cop to the first. As I spend more time online, I find myself unwilling to devote the time necessary to watch the news, listen to a discussion on the radio, or watch a movie. All these things I …

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Aug 26 2008

You People Need to Time Things Better

Every year brings a few invitations for friends’ and relatives’ weddings. Not this year. This year, we received two. One is for one of my favorite cousins. The fact that I only have four cousins makes this no less true or meaningful. She’s one of the people who, without complaint, makes the world keep going. …

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Aug 24 2008

Personally, I’m Anti-Tolerance

I hang out in a number of places where diversity is discussed. Differences in weight, cultural standards, socioeconomic status, religious practices, age, physical ability, skin color, sexual preference, gender identity, sexual practices, communication styles–either everybody’s grappling with them or I’m only interested in the people who are. And yet, there’s one thing I run across …

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Aug 22 2008

Persuasion

I’m walking up the street with my friend. I’m maybe fourteen or fifteen. She’s a couple years older. A fine mist starts. Friend: It’s raining. Me (struck by some awesome whim): No, it’s not. Friend: No, really. I just felt a drop. Me: I don’t feel anything. The rain gets slightly heavier. Friend: It’s definitely …

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