Monthly Archive: December 2008

Dec 31 2008

2008 in Blog Posts

This was my first full year of blogging, and I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished. Here are some of the posts that have gotten the most attention. For some reason, a bunch of people do Google searches for the word “loner.” A lot of them end up at this March post on why Facebook …

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Dec 30 2008

Rarefied Air

Every once in a while, something comes along to remind me what an atypical life I’ve built for myself. This time it was someone reacting skeptically to PalMD’s statement that he worries every day about balancing work and parenting, ’cause, you know, guys don’t really do that. Um, what? I wanted, as usual when confronting …

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Dec 29 2008

Thin Ice

There comes a point, at least once in every Minnesota winter, when the worst thing that someone can do is try to keep the sidewalks free of snow. Most of the time, we want clean sidewalks but not always. With months to go yet before we see warm, dry ground, we’ve already had a few …

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Dec 28 2008

Elite Bastardry

I consider myself as pretty egalitarian, but I may have to start rethinking that assessment. This is the third Carnival of the Elitist Bastards to feature my blog. And this one comes with a rank in Starfleet. How cool is that? Okay, it might be more cool if you knew what I was talking about. …

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Dec 27 2008

Atheists Talk–Perry Hackett and PZ Myers

2008 has been a fun and interesting year in the life sciences. The Nobel Prize in biology was awarded for making animals glow. Evolution of complex, novel mechanisms was demonstrated in bacteria better known for making people sick. Scientists sequenced the genome of the woolly mammoth. We’ll chat about all this and more. Joining us …

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Dec 26 2008

Are Words Trivial?

Last week, Kelly McCullough committed “writer heresy” over at Wyrdsmiths by suggesting that the individual words one uses while writing a story just aren’t that important. Bill Henry came back with the expected defense of words as a writer’s stock in trade: Or to use the terms in which this idea is typically framed, “content” …

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Dec 25 2008

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little ChristmasLet your heart be lightNext year all our troubles will be out of sightHave yourself a merry little ChristmasMake the yuletide gayNext year all our troubles will be miles awayOnce again as in olden daysHappy golden days of yoreFaithful friends who were dear to usWill be near to us once …

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Dec 24 2008

And I Thought I Was Obsessive

Well, I am, sometimes, but nothing like this guy. This is a detail–a small detail, mind you–of the candy Battle of Helms Deep that this guy and his siblings and girlfriend built last Christmas. It’s…I…you just have to go see it. There are catapults. Thank you, Katie. I think.

Dec 23 2008

30 Things Meme

A bunch of friends are meming on Facebook (yes, verbing weirds language), and rather than confining a bunch of random blather about me to a friends list, I thought I’d post it here as well. 1. I think we had more snakes when I was growing up than any other kind of pet. The mice …

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Dec 22 2008

Explanation Please

I recently overheard an exchange that boiled down to a woman telling a man who was obviously quite close to her, “Oh, the work you do is so important and wonderful, but it’s too complicated for me. I just couldn’t understand it if I tried.” I wanted to cry. For him. Her I wanted to …

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