Monthly Archives: October 2005

Do you subscribe?

John Scalzi has a great thread asking if and why people still subscribe to print newspapers. Best response so far is from Corey Porter: If they could somehow know to deliver a paper *only* the morning of some sort of … Continue reading

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Japan has just done the impossible

Now they’ve made cell phones even more obnoxious than they were before!

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I’ve tried not to care about the Plame case, I really have

But Brad DeLong does a great job putting the whole thing in perspective here

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Neilsen’s Top Ten Blog Design Mistakes Deconstructed

Jakob Neilsen has a new Top Ten list. Now, what do we think of his recommendations? 1. No Author Biographies I have to agree with this one. People want to know who you are. If you’re an anonymous blogger, give … Continue reading

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New York Brain Terrain

A recent commenter, Michelle, runs a great blog called New York Brain Terrain. I wish I lived in New York so I could use her excellent advice more often. If you do, you should check it out.

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Experts rate Wikipedia

Nice article in which several experts rate Wikipedia entries in their fields of expertise. Now I want to see the same people rate the corresponding Encyclopedia Brittanica entries.

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Panic in the schools

North Mecklenburg high school, the nearest high school to my house, was shut down yesterday because some kids got in a fight. This is the kind of thing that drives parents to private schools. Now, my kids are in a … Continue reading

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An open letter to Republicans

Dear Republicans: I know you don’t like science, 'cause it’s all … ummmm … sciency. I know you wouldn’t like to read a whole book about science. But please, take a moment just to read this review of a book … Continue reading

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The Shawon-o-Meter shows its superiority

Thankfully, the Miers-o-Meter couldn’t predict this!

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Nazi treasure?

My daughter found a coin in the change bin of our car. “Dad, what’s this?” she asked as we drove down the highway. I took it from her and glanced at it quickly, trying to keep my eyes on the … Continue reading

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This dog is big

But the pictures are not very good.

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Rosa’s legacy

Rosa Parks: A hand-picked Insta-Martyr, or an icon of courage? Good debate about it here.

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The Washington Post versus the New York Times

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been engaging in a subtle protest for the past few weeks. Probably you haven’t, because it’s probably a bit too subtle: I’ve stopped linking the New York Times. It’s not just about their new … Continue reading

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NPR listeners: Everything you thought about them is true

NPR listeners are 25 percent more likely to buy table wine than non-listeners. They are 97 percent more likely to drink more than four glasses a week. Guilty, and guilty. Now where are the stats on who’s more likely to … Continue reading

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Do NOT let my son know about this guy

It is not possible to make a living playing video games. Say it loud enough and it will be true.

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Miers-o-Meter

Oh, God, please don’t tell me her chances are still as high as 75 percent! And of course, nothing can ever hold a candle to the original, the Shawon-O-Meter.

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Rosa Parks is turning in her grave

Sundown Towns exposes thousands of towns that excluded/expelled all African Americans during the last century. Sickening.

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iTunes comes to Australia

But without Sony-BMG. This DRM thing is gonna get ugly. As more and more labels opt out of one service or another, it will become more and more likely that I’ll have to break the law just to put all … Continue reading

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Insta-review: Bowling for Columbine

I know, I know, I’m about three years late, but I saw Bowling for Columbine for the first time last night. The whole movie is excellent, but by far the best part is when Moore goes to Canada and hears … Continue reading

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Wireless etiquette nazis

CNN has an article about wireless etiquette. Loud cell phones, calls in inappropriate places I can understand. But I never knew there was a 20-minute rule for wi-fi in cafes. I can understand a “be willing to share your table” … Continue reading

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