Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 15 2009

How Unhappy Is Irrational?

I got an interesting response to my post, “Going Emo,” by email. It was specifically in response to the last bit of a single bullet point: Breaking the social conventions isn’t worth it. It just makes more work. It requires reassuring all the friends whose lives have just been shaken up. It requires holding your …

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Dec 14 2009

Credulity, Skepticism and Cynicism

You’ve met them. “Oh, those scientists. They get their funding from the government/industry/political think tanks. They’re just producing the results needed to keep their money flowing. They’ll say anything it takes. Besides, it’s not like they don’t make mistakes. Even Newton and Einstein had it wrong.” You’ve met the others, too. “My friend told me …

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Dec 13 2009

What Detectors?

Apropos of the Peter Watts border-crossing debacle, Will Shetterly has a post up about his experience being arrested at the border. Well, really, it’s about what came after. I was baffled. I briefly wondered if the hashish was mine and my mind was playing tricks on me. There was the evidence, after all: the lie …

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Dec 12 2009

Going Emo

You were warned. Some observations from spending far too much time with myself: Competence seems like a pretty cool, objective thing on which to base your self-image…right up to the point where you can’t do what you’ve been doing. Then it all just sort of falls apart. What was the last thing you accomplished? How …

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Dec 11 2009

Ah, That Great American Freedom

If you’re not part of the online SF circle or an obsessive reader of Boing Boing, you probably missed this. Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the …

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Dec 10 2009

The Tragedy of Sexting

Or, how to read an article on teenage sexuality. Thanks to Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, this post at Sylvia Has A Problem is getting some small fraction of the attention it deserves. Keep passing it on. Of course it wasn’t a slut-shaming, woman-hating, sex-hating culture that divides young women into “good” (virginal) and “bad” (fallen) …

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Dec 07 2009

Still Not Dead

To start: I’m fine, or I will be. (Better, Jason?) To continue: If you ever have to go to the emergency room, don’t forget to bring a book. It will distract you from Larry King in the waiting room and all the people he has on to yell at each other about Sarah Palin. It …

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Dec 06 2009

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards–Here Be Monsters

The ship had been sitting in dock for far too long. It had needed repairs, but shouldn’t the repairs be done by now? The admiral sent word, but the replies that came back were vague, with little information available. Finally, the admiral decided to see the state of things for herself. Things were all too …

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