Monthly Archives: April 2005

What’s up with Technorati?

I’m not completely obsessed with myself. I mean, I only check Technorati four or five times a day to see who has linked to my blogs. But you know, something’s starting to bother me. Cognitive Daily, which seems to be … Continue reading

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Now this is good

I have to say, I’m loving Steven Johnson’s new article in NY Times Magazine (thanks, Ben Vershbow). In fact, I can’t wait to get the book. I was a little disappointed by his previous book, Mind Wide Open, but that … Continue reading

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Do we choose to be poor?

Those wacky libertarians, ya just gotta love 'em. I link to a couple of them from this site. I think libertarian politics are interesting because they often cut to the heart of the matter, pointing out where, rationally, government authority … Continue reading

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Could we all actually be altruistic?

So here’s what I’m wondering. After participating in this thread, inspired by this Web site, I found that many folks feel that an important reason to become vegetarian is out of altruism. The logic goes like this: we shouldn’t want … Continue reading

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Reason #637 not to live alone

I cooked myself up some eggs and bacon for breakfast this morning (Greta and kids are out of town), then left the burner on the empty frying pan for two hours. When I finally noticed it, like an idiot, I … Continue reading

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Semi-random thoughts on memoirs

Scott Esposito says he wouldn’t want to write a memoir even if he was given a cushy book contract: I conducted this thought experiment on myself last night: I imagined that Random House called me up and said they wanted … Continue reading

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Okay, I’m a sucker for these

Another motivational poster parody.

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Are Mac users like Catholics?

A new article on BBC News describes the experience of visiting the Apple Store in New York as entering a “temple”: Beneath its high vault, swish thin young men and women dressed from head to foot in black. They hold … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Word Munger!

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Just one year ago, Word Munger was a tiny babe, almost too fragile to hold in your arms. That’s right, Word Munger sprouted into existence one year ago today. It’s a very merry Word Birthday … Continue reading

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… but where’s my flying car?

Okay, technology may not be where I imagined it would be as a kid, but who would have thought in, say, 1976, that by 2005 there would be ads for robot vacuum cleaners in the Sunday advertising supplement?

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Why I’m not going to answer these questions

I’ve seen this little book quiz running around the Net for a while now, and even Kevin Drum has given it his stamp of legitimacy. Sometimes I do participate in these sorts of things, but this particular one bothers me. … Continue reading

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Excellent “procrastination” poster

Check this out. You’ll be glad you didn’t put it off ’till later.

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Stat, let’s go!

Anesthesia? Check! Lighting? Check! Computer systems up? Check! Check? Check! Hopefully I’ll finish this by tomorrow, and the check I have to write won’t be too big.

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I know, I know…

I had promised more and more thoughtful posts when I finished my manuscript. And that’s what I was planning, honest. I really have no excuse, except that the pressure of “more thoughtful” was kinda getting to me. You mean trackback … Continue reading

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Old Man’s War: A Biased Review

John Scalzi and I have a history. We both attended the University of Chicago, and we both wrote for the student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon. We actually had parallel 1980s versions of “blogs” — feature columns in the Maroon. We … Continue reading

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[insert appropriate celebratory grunt here]

My massive manuscript revision project has come to a close; the manuscript is now in the mail, headed towards New York and inevitable evaluation by the pros. My process of submission and rejection has probably been similar to what most … Continue reading

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What to do about trackback spam

I’ve pretty much obliterated comment spam on Word Munger by simply shutting down comments after a couple of weeks. However, trackback spam continues to be a significant problem. If you’re not familiar with trackback spam, it is a way to … Continue reading

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Bad music we can’t help but love

Continuing my theme of light revision-week fare, and inspired by this iTunes playlist (fair warning: the link will open up iTunes on your computer), I thought I’d compile my list of my ten favorite bad songs. Several of them are … Continue reading

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Bear with me now…

I’m just about halfway through the revision of my manuscript; just about ready to send it off to the agent and resume my normal blogging pace. In case you were wondering….

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Save Spirit the Wonder Cat!

My friend Deanna, a great singer and songwriter from Charlotte, has a problem. Maybe we can use the power of the Internet to find a solution: I’m appealing to all of you to help me find a home for our … Continue reading

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