Monthly Archives: October 2006

Is blackface always offensive?

There’s no doubt that most of the time blackface is used these days, it’s intended to offend or at least provoke. This Alas, A Blog post where white pee-wee football fans dressed in blackface to taunt their black opponents would … Continue reading

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Fun With Site Meter!

Apparently most Word Munger readers come here via Google searches. Here are some searches for which Word Munger is in the top 10 (I’ve asterisked searches where WM is number 1): Taking a Dump where can i find information on … Continue reading

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Site Stats

I’ve noticed lately that the stats my ISP provides for Word Munger don’t really change from day to day. Even on days I don’t post, the stats are practically the same as days with one or more posts (According to … Continue reading

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The pros and cons of backpacking, Part 6

10-9-2006 Sunset 10-10-2006 Sunrise Daylight By noon, we’re back in the car and heading home. I call Greta to let her know I’ll be there in time for dinner. These are the pros and cons of backpacking.

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The pros and cons of backpacking, Part 5

10-9-2006 Finally, a sunny day. It’s a great day for pictures. I know I’m going to take a bunch today. So is Mauro. Still, glimpses through the trees of the wider landscape are relatively rare. We stop to take pictures … Continue reading

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The pros and cons of backpacking, Part 4

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The pros and cons of backpacking, Part 3

10-8-2006 It’s 2:00 in the afternoon, and these guys all have their cookstoves out: three stoves, for five guys. The sign on the shelter indicates that no food is to be prepared or consumed inside for any reason, but someone … Continue reading

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The pros and cons of backpacking, Part 2

10-7-2006 The new knife is sharp. Damned sharp. I was so annoyed that I couldn’t get a Swiss Army Knife with a corkscrew at Gander Mountain that I decided to buy the $19 minimalist model instead of a $29 job … Continue reading

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The pros and cons of backpacking, Part 1

10-6-2006 Where the FUCK is my Swiss Army Knife? Normally I keep it in the small backpack I use for day hikes, but it’s not there… Maybe it’s in my full-size backpack, the one I’ll be using on tomorrow’s trip. … Continue reading

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What the iPod for books needs to be

If:book has always been pretty hard on ebook readers. Ben Vershbow’s recent analysis of the Sony Reader is no exception. In many ways, Ben’s analysis is right on target. Ebooks need to be more than just electronic versions of print … Continue reading

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Why losing weight is so hard

I think Jane Galt hits it on the head when she points out the following: The difference between quitting smoking and quitting overeating is twofold: one, the desire to smoke is not hardwired at the same fundamental level as the … Continue reading

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This is a Slashdotting

Well, kids, I can die now. My blog has been Slashdotted. That’s right, the Blogger SAT Challenge was linked by Slashdot last night, resulting in a massive flow of visits to not only the Challenge, but also to my analysis … Continue reading

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