Monthly Archives: August 2004

American Olympics

Uncertain Principles has a good analysis of why the U.S. basketball team is such an underachiever in the Olympics. How can this be, when the other Americans are such overachievers? Who would have thought that Meb Keflezighi (rhymes with “Officer … Continue reading

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Are A’s only for achievement?

Erin O’Connor posted recently about a college that requires its teachers to grade “effort” in the first two years. Commenters quickly voiced their concern about eroding standards in college. Even a couple of Harvard grads pointed out that the best … Continue reading

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No tax cut for me!

This post completes the series inspired by the conservative poll I took the other day. The “poll” asked if I’d like my taxes to stay the same, or if possible be reduced, and my answer was no. Actually, I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Should we still have a right to bear arms?

The right to bear arms is one of the more curious provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Why, in heaven’s name, should people in a civilized country have such a right? I’m no historian, but the impression I have is that … Continue reading

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When does life begin?

I took an automated “poll” yesterday, in which the computer asked me several questions on the hot political issues of the day. I suspect the computer had a conservative bias, because the questions were more than a little misleading: “Do … Continue reading

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Another Swift boat veteran against Kerry

I’m angry — angry that no one asked me for my opinion about John Kerry. After all, I served in a Swift boat with him in 1969 as well (I should clarify that by “Swift boat” I mean my parents’ … Continue reading

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Password hell

When modern civilization collapses, it’s not going to be because of nukes, or global warming, or a terrorist attack. It’s going to be because we forgot too many of our passwords. I can still remember the time when everyone had … Continue reading

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Olympics Junkie

I’m at the point of near paralysis right now because I’m an Olympics junkie. It’s not as bad as it could be — I’m not a “real” blogger, one of those folks who is so connected that they know the … Continue reading

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School’s starting

Yesterday, my kids had their first day at school. Last night, I had mine. Yes, it was the obligatory parents’ introduction to school, where dozens of well-meaning teachers each personally must tell you in great detail the efforts they’re going … Continue reading

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Getting paid

I don’t get paid for this blog. Even Matt Welch barely makes any money from his blog. I know John Scalzi has managed to get a paying blog gig, but he still keeps a much better “free” personal blog as … Continue reading

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Dave Munger’s Biography

When I first started Wordmunger.com a few years ago as a satire Web site, I was surprised to find the most clicked-on story was my own biography. Who cares, I thought to myself — isn’t this site supposed to be … Continue reading

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If we can have a women’s college, why not … ?

Over at Critical Mass, they’re discussing “diversity” in higher education. Why is it “okay” to have a women’s college but not a white men’s college? I’ve never quite understood the reasoning behind segregating by gender, race, or anything else in … Continue reading

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Ever seen this ad?

The ad on the left has been choking the New York Times Web site for months now, which can only mean one thing: it must be effective. I’m still trying to figure out why. What is it supposed to mean? … Continue reading

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Another eclectic link

Mephitic is a blog that defies description. Just check it out. For your reading pleasure, I will attempt to duplicate this guy’s writing style, but apply it to my life. My feet are cold but my underarms are sweaty. Damn … Continue reading

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What will e-books look like?

Yesterday I wrote about what e-books will not be. Today I’m going to write about what they might be. Before we get to that, let’s think more about what they won’t be. They won’t be movies. The book fills a … Continue reading

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The future and e-books

There’s a really great article over at Gizmodo about e-books. I think it’s completely wrong, but it’s great to see that someone’s been doing some serious thinking about e-books. Why is it wrong? Here’s a five-second summary of the article: … Continue reading

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