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{ Monthly Archives } January 2007

Health Care

Coyote Blog has one of the best small essays on why the government should not be involved in the health care industry.  The whole thing is calm and reasoned and approached the issue from an angle I had not seen before. Government health care will act as a Trojan Horse for nanny fascism.  Because, you […]

All mixed up

“I’m all mixed up.  My nose runs and my feet smells.” This is actually something my Grandmother used to say.  I have no idea why it popped into my head.  It is certainly “apropos of nothing”. So, 2 points to the first person who can name the female pop singer who used the phrase “apropos […]

Catching up

I’ve been sick since the weekend.  Missed a couple of days at work.  Now I’m trying to catch up.  I spend a lot of time at the computer.  Probably more than I should.  Still, while I do spend a fair amount of time online reading blogs and doing research, it is rarely more than an […]

What’s a little brain damage amongst friends?

As a smoker, I take a lot of crap off of people about my choice to smoke.  Quite a bit of it is, frankly, mean-spirited and a simple expression of various individuals who seem to have 1) a need to feel superior, 2) nothing better to do than mind everybody’s business but their own, and […]


While I’m here and thinking about it, I’ve been listening to a lot of live concerts lately: The Radiators, Government Mule, Widespread Panic, moe., String Cheese Incident, and for some reason Lou Reed. One of the things that fascinates me is when bands do covers of songs that seem to me to turn out better […]

Re-inventing the wheel

Things have gotten ugly here in the Ratlands. As seems to be a permanent state of affairs, I’ve got personnel issues at work. We’ve got 6 or so inches of snow on the ground. I know that isn’t much of a big deal for most of the people who read this, but here in my […]

Why aren’t you reading this?

If you aren’t reading the Carbolic Smoke Ball regularly, you should be.  Failure to do so will result in you missing gems like this: BAGHDAD WEATHERMAN SLAIN BY SHIITE MILITIA AFTER DELIVERING FORECAST OF PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNI

Historical precedent for the RIAA to consider

There was a really interesting post on Techdirt last week entitled History Repeats Itself: How The RIAA Is Like 17th Century French Button-Makers.  From the article, part of a quote from a book by Robert Heilbroner: Shortly after the matter of cloth weaving has been disposed of, the button makers guild raises a cry of […]


One of the cool things I’ve been playing around with in the past month has been Torrents.  (If you are familiar with Torrents and Torrent clients, you might want to skip this and come back later.) Torrents are a cooperative way to share files.   In standard file sharing, if I have a file I want […]

Because I haven’t poked a stick at the Global Warming crowd in a while and I don’t have a biodegradeable accellerant

A Very British Dude has a reasonably well-written piece about carbon neutrality today.  It’s worth a read, but I especially like this bit: Because hysteria is what it is. In the 17th century it was witches. (Burn them) Now it is SUV drivers (Burn them, but only if you offset the carbon and use a […]

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