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On 'The Secret History': I Know What You Did Last Reading Period

@oudemia I went there too, and we're three numbers apart. How's that for claustrophobic?

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 3:39 am 1

On To Nowhere Island! In The Middle Of The Sea

Do they ever eat the penguins?

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 3:29 am 0

On How To Bring A Bike On The New York City Subway

@freetzy From this litany of purely selfish reasons we can safely conclude that people who bring bikes on subways really are the douchescapades that everyone assumes they are.

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 1:19 am 0

On Contrasting Visions Of 2112: Gail Collins v. Neil Peart

And lo! The ladies fled the thread.

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm 0

On The Horror Of The Seventies

I try to be charitable, but when I hear about people (invariably 'conservatives') say they want to get rid of the EPA, I find myself thinking "you're mentally retarded". And I don't mean that as an insult. It's more like a clinical diagnosis.

In the same way you can have functional drunks, you can have functional idiots. The difference is that the drunks are more fun to hang out with, and much better for the ducks.

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 2:50 am 0

On The Livestream Ended: How I Got Off My Computer And Onto The Street At Occupy Oakland

Same thought here - got off the twitter, and went down to see for myself. Passive observer at first, then an enthusiastic wrangler of votes. Loved the "96.3% in favor" decision. The masses may have been unwashed, but they were very *very* articulate, and (unlike banks) very attuned to collateral damage, and the avoidance of it. Go humans.

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm 0

On What's Really Pornographic? The Point of Documenting Detroit

Between 400 and 450, when the barbarians were sacking shit left, right, and center, Rome's population dropped to 200k, down from a million or so ~100 CE. And it kept dropping, going down to 75k-100k by 500, and bottoming out in the 20k-30k range.

No ruin porn, though. That came later. http://bit.ly/omznEM

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm 0

On My Gigwalk Experiment

The job seems iffy, but your dress is spot on.

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm 0

On The Awesome Houseboat That Weed Built

Sort of unrelated, but sort of not, Salman Khan delivered a fantastic TED talk about education, about how it's presently back-asswards, and how his properly oriented model is kicking ass (with data!)

I mention this because 'David' sounds like exactly the kind of kid who gets shafted by the current approach, and who would be considered properly brilliant by a healthier, happier, and more humane educational system. I'm pretty sure that a society that got this right would also avoid the screaming error of sticking a dude like this in Rikers.

http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html

Posted on June 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm 0

On Do Not Under (Almost) Any Circumstances Buy a Home

@skyslang You mean when people realize that their mortgage + property tax + insurance + upkeep (and that includes time, hassle, and trips to Home Depot) is cheaper than their rent.

The mortgage deduction may tip things in favor of ownership. Then again, flat or declining market rates (i.e. a negative return on equity) may continue to work in factor of renting. But mortgage alone? That's just a fraction of it.

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm 0