Category Archives: General

A not-so-small quibble about the way taxes are reported

There’s a nice post over on Vox explaining the impact of Bernie Sander’s proposals on tax rates. It’s good information, but I think it’s conveyed in a manner that is more than a little misleading. This chart has most of … Continue reading

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Climate change: One little problem with the “they’re in it for the money” argument

I’m always surprised to see climate-change deniers resort to the argument that scientists who warn about global warming are “only in it for the money.” Do they not realize the tiny amount of money that goes into climate change research … Continue reading

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Are liberals really just as deluded about GW as conservatives?

This article has been making the rounds lately: Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question. It’s a fascinating piece, which seems to somehow equate the people who want to do something about global warming with the people who … Continue reading

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How many iPhone 6s can fit in a 747?

A recent post in MacRumors included photos of a 747 freighter loaded to the gills with iPhone 6s: Source: MacRumors The obvious question: How many phones is that? Should Apple be concerned about putting so much valuable cargo in a … Continue reading

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The robots really are taking over this time

It’s easy to dismiss fear of automation as needless paranoia. After all, we’re nowhere near the apocalypse suggested in movies like The Terminator. Robot armies aren’t coming to conquer the world. But might they be coming for our jobs? In … Continue reading

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Catalan coinage

Some coins from the National Museum of Catalan Art. These are some large images so I’m going to place most of them below the fold. More photos below:

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Pilot mountain summit

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The journey’s first mishap

Joe shows Sam how to handle a dead battery. Sam ignores Joe.

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Food for two and a half days

I’m getting ready for a hike in the Appalachians. Here is our food supply for the next couple of days. I’ll be doing small updates like this as much as I can during the trip.

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“Maybe we can live like this”…

One of the craziest aspects of the government shutdown has been the response of rabid conservatives to the closing of national parks and monuments. All I see in the social media from conservatives is “they’re spending more keeping people out … Continue reading

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Thoughts from a reader about 9/11

Yesterday’s post has received a lot of commentary, mostly to disagree with me — although there have also been some points of agreement. Most of the commentary is on my Facebook page, but I also received an email that I’d … Continue reading

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How about we don’t Remember 9/11/2001 today?

I remember where I was on 9/11/2001. I remember how shocking it was. I couldn’t believe the World Trade Center had actually been destroyed… hadn’t I just walked by there, 7 or 8 years ago? I even knew people with … Continue reading

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No, sending your child to public school won’t save the schools. Not even if everyone did it.

An Allison Benedikt article on Slate is getting a lot of attention, partly due to its provocative headline: “If you send your kid to a private school, you are a bad person.” Benedikt’s argument is basically this: People who send … Continue reading

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Ruminations on “attractiveness” and responses to it

I’m a man, and I think of myself as a feminist. So what should I do when I notice a woman who I think is sexually attractive? There are three issues here. First, I need to be considerate of the … Continue reading

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How not to sway people’s opinions

Now that social networks are the preferred mode of online interaction, I don’t blog as much as I used to. I’m lucky if I write in this space more than once a month. But I do spend a lot of … Continue reading

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Who needs help? Who *really* needs help?

A bomb explodes. You hear it. You’re just a few blocks away from the bombing site. A man runs up to you: “Help me, help me! A bomb just exploded and I left my phone in there! I can’t call … Continue reading

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Fixing the WaPo Crossword text

One of my daily diversions is the Washington Post Crossword. It’s a pretty good puzzle, often quite witty, and most importantly, it’s free. But one thing about the puzzle has always bothered me: The descriptive text. Here it is. It’s … Continue reading

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This is it

The time has come to start work on my next project. About a month ago, I finished a draft of a memoir about my bout with melanoma last year, and while I think it’s kind of interesting, I don’t expect … Continue reading

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How is the national debt not like a credit card? Let me count the ways

The news these days is filled with Tea Party wackos trying to explain to the rest of us exactly why it makes sense to oppose a raise to the debt limit. This one, highlighted by Steve Benen, is priceless: “It … Continue reading

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The investment banking world is different from your world

The Wall Street Journal recently published an infographic that is producing all sorts of shocked disbelief in the social media circles I frequent: The general gist of the comments in Facebookistan is that no one “really” makes the kind of … Continue reading

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