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Category Archive: Rant

Feb 14 2009

Unsolicited Advice for Maintaining the Appearance of Ethics Online

Please note that this post is intended as a poke in the eye. Many of my posts are. As a blogger, a writer of any kind, it is not my job to make you comfortable. It is my job to shake you up, to unsettle you, to make you question yourself and the world, and …

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Feb 12 2009

A Quick Note

…to my fellow atheists. You know how annoying it is when someone says, “Oh, you’re an atheist. You must believe X. You must believe the same things Stalin did”? You know how annoying that is? How unfounded? Yeah. Can we not do that to Catholics with respect to Benny the Rat? Thanks.

Feb 09 2009

How Not to Manage Your Image

Almost six years ago, the kings of all gamer geeks, Penny Arcade, posted this comic. It poked fun at the idea that American McGee had, in two games (Alice and the never-completed Oz), gone from highly innovative game design to shtick. Here was a man who would turn all of the icons of innocent childhood …

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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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Dec 09 2008

Too Pissed to Talk

Dixon said he was denied at least $16,000 in benefits before he fought the Pentagon and won a reversal of his noncombat-related designation. “I was blown up twice in Iraq, and my injuries weren’t combat-related?” Dixon said. “It’s the most imbecile thing I’ve ever seen.” Meshell, who is appealing her status, estimates she is losing …

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Nov 23 2008

Internet Annoyances

I’ve spent much of the last two days with patchy and unreliable internet access. This has recently been fixed by (a) restarting the router again, although that hadn’t done anything earlier, (b) my husband closing and restarting Firefox on his computer (uh, huh) or (c) something further up the line that we had no control …

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Oct 26 2008

Why I Hate the Suburbs

From the local paper: Although Anoka bills itself as the Halloween Capital of the World, city officials and some businesses are a bit spooked by a macabre-themed head shop that has opened a pumpkin’s toss from City Hall. Redrum — which read backwards, spells murder — opened in late September with a skull and crossbones …

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Oct 25 2008

Young Science

Psychology, sociology, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, history, economics, political science. Biological sciences, earth sciences. Chemistry. Physics. Read one way, this is how sciences are commonly ranked on a Mohs scale of scientific snobbery. Real sciences, hard sciences, are at the bottom. Soft, squishy, fake sciences are at the top. Read another way, this is both an …

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Sep 30 2008

No Sympathy, No Idea

I’m about ready to eviscerate the next idiot I run across in the blogosphere who says, “I don’t have any sympathy for the borrowers. It’s not my fault if they’re idiots. They should have known better than to think they could really afford a house.” Actually, I already took a fair swipe at the last …

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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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