Monthly Archives: December 2005

A Crack in the Edge of the World so far

I’m about a quarter of the way through Simon Winchester’s A Crack in the Edge of the World. Here are my impressions so far. Winchester is clearly a guy who likes to listen to himself speak. This isn’t necessarily a … Continue reading

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The wussification of America

Let me get this straight: The Democrats are being seen as wusses because they’re criticizing Republicans for spying on Americans without search warrants. Apparently we’re all now so wussified that violating the fourth amendment is “strong” and criticizing this intrusion … Continue reading

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Blogging for politics

The fact that blogs are becoming influential players in the political sphere is most certainly not news. When CNN has started tracking the phenomenon, you know it’s gone mainstream. In the political blogs I follow, occasionally a persistent commenter gets … Continue reading

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Listen at your own peril

Every year the three musically-trained Mungers record a few Christmas songs for family and friends. Now that Nora has played bassoon for a year and a half, Jim has two and a half years’ experience on trombone, and Greta’s been … Continue reading

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Random quotes

George W. Bush: Freedom honors and unleashes human creativity — and creativity determines the strength and wealth of nations. Liberty is both the plan of Heaven for humanity, and the best hope for progress here on Earth. The U.S. Constitution: … Continue reading

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Mer-E-Christmas!

Every year we Mungers think about writing a Christmas letter, and every year we put it off so long that it just never happens. But this year it occurred to me that I actually have already written a Christmas letter … Continue reading

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A new meme — your monthly technology bill

According to CNN (via Rebecca Blood), we’re all tech junkies, often spending $200 or more per month on staying wired. One guy in the article spends more than $500 a month. So here’s the meme: 1. What’s your monthly technology/communications … Continue reading

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New book!

I just received A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester in the mail. Now, I’m not normally the type who preserves book covers, but this one may be a keeper. Take a look: A first glance, … Continue reading

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The ice storm

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the ice storm last week.

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Hey, poetry fans!

Hie thee to the Fishouse, where poets read their poems aloud and you can follow along with the text onscreen. Make sure you check out my friend Sebastian Matthews’ stuff. My current fave: Buying Wine.

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Simone a besoin de traduction!

From Alas, A Blog: U.S. copyright law has enabled Knopf, the original publisher of the English-language version of The Second Sex, to prevent any new translations from being published. This is a problem, because the English translation Knopf uses is … Continue reading

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I likes the funny…

This SNL Narnia Rap fits the bill.

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I know where I don’t want to be right now

New York without subways is like Venice without water … … Anne left town just in time!

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Video games: Are the myths true?

I originally wrote this post for Word Munger, but I talked with Greta about it and we decided to move it over to Cognitive Daily. I do think Word Munger readers will be interested in it as well — it’s … Continue reading

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Isn’t it annoying?

Don’t you hate it when, after 45 minutes of putting up with the obnoxiously loud and vulgar conversation at the table next to you in the coffee shop, you finally decide to leave, only to have the offending parties follow … Continue reading

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Google Book Search panel discussion

If:book has a great summary of a recent panel discussion on the Google Book Search lawsuits. Some great insights — most importantly, that the publishers aren’t so much worried about the possibility that their books will be found online, but … Continue reading

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30 years of computer market share figures

Ars Technica has a great article on historical computer market share. Perhaps most fascinating of all is that Apple, for all its influence, never even came close to leading market share — usually it was a distant third.

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“Podcast” of “Small Journeys”

This is an experiment — I’ve written a book, Small Journeys, which I’m not sure is publishable in the traditional way. However, whenever I’ve done public readings of the book, people have uniformly told me how much they loved it. … Continue reading

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60 Seconds.

I vowed I would listen to George Bush’s speech today only until he mentioned September 11. I believe I lasted less than 60 seconds. Highlight of the speech’s beginning: the entire room erupting in laughter when Dubya claimed he was … Continue reading

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This would be so funny, if only it weren’t so true…

The Money Cycle. You’ll laugh until you cry. Then you’ll just cry.

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