Monthly Archive: February 2009

Feb 28 2009

Atheists Talk–Massimo Pigliucci

How to Tell the Difference Between Science and BunkAtheists Talk #0059, Sunday, March 1, 2009 Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, of the Stonybrook Institute in New York, is a biologist and a philosopher who has published about a hundred technical papers and several books on evolutionary biology. He is a fellow of the American Association for the …

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Feb 27 2009

Assessing the Odds

A while ago, I looked at the renewed proposals to expand gambling in Minnesota and concluded that it didn’t make sense, in a time of declines in the national gaming industry, to spend money on new gambling infrastructure in the hopes that it would start generating revenue soon enough to be of help. At the …

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Feb 27 2009

Class Warfare

Analysis: Obama plan to finance agenda with tax hikes on rich elicits class warfare cries The budget outline includes activist initiatives on energy, health care, education and climate change. It would boost taxes on the wealthy, oil companies and other businesses while cutting Medicare and Medicaid payments to insurance companies and hospitals to make way …

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Feb 25 2009

The Best Love Songs

…are the ones that look beyond the first blush. I used to think I didn’t like love songs, that they were all kind of banal and repetitive. Cute, but not very interesting. Then I discovered it was a Tolstoy problem [pointless Anna Karenina reference]. It was only the perfectly happy, love-makes-the-world-perfect love songs that I …

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Feb 24 2009

A Royal Scandal?

Rumors swirled in the monarchy of Heckofalot today, as the Twitter account of The Princess filled with what at first appeared to be postmodern song lyrics: /;;;;;;..[;[;[;;[;[;;;[[[[p;[[[]][]‘[;;[[]\\]]’[;pp[o/ki/’ookk/kkoo”/000/..0′++===p-///=/9i-//uuhh and later lapsed into apparent code: .-.0.000/ 000000.00 Residents were first amused but rapidly grew concerned for the safety of the royal family. They were promptly reassured by …

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Feb 23 2009

A Year on Propranolol

The part I remember best is waking up with my head down on my arms. On my desk. With the voices around me, it only took a moment to figure out where I was. Oh, crap. I decided I must have fallen asleep at work. What could be more embarrassing than that? Then I remembered. …

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Feb 22 2009


Home again, having paid out much sleep debt, eaten much good food, shriveled my fingers in the hot tub and spent many hours in silly and serious conversation with friends. This weekend’s game of choice was apparently creating the world’s most insipid revolutionary slogans. Foreground the optical substrate! Up with the hoi polloi! Inconvenience the …

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Feb 21 2009


Yeah, still unplugged. But I’ll be back. And since my last post about music got me friends showing up at the concert, I’ll let you know where I’ll be (in April). The song just seems appropriate. I Disappear How could I resist? It’s all I want, and now I guess I’ve got it.

Feb 20 2009

Gone Away

I’m taking a vacation from the internet this weekend. At least mostly. We’ll see how the withdrawal goes. I might not be able to stand it. Okay, I’m making it fairly difficult for me to get on the internet this weekend. Good enough? In the meantime, check out someone else. I just met Crystal and …

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Feb 19 2009

Good Times

Considering how much corporate money went into keeping the Republicans in power for as long as they were, there’s something satisfying about hearing a successful, large-company CEO saying (essentially), “I’m about as independent as they come, but I have to say it’s strange to hear the Republicans talking about how the stimulus bill is going …

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