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  • Chill Out, Dads

    18 June 2013

    "I'M A DAD AND I'LL KICK YOUR ASS IF YOU TRY TO DATE OR HAVE SEX WITH MY DAUGHTER" is a perversion of chivalry. Wanting to protect your family is noble, and somehow baked into the male psyche, so I understand the impulse. However, like any noble impulse,...

  • South By Useless

    11 March 2013 ( #technology )

    Most people are full of shit (present company included), so South By Southwest Interactive is a tiring exercise of waiting for a genuine idea or practical piece of information to drop. In between these gems, it's just noises dressed up to sound like music....

  • A Guided Tour of "Battle Stations" by Winger

    20 March 2013 ( #music, #'90s )

    Right away, the combination of crunchy rhythm guitar and cymbal-heavy drumming signals that this isn't Kansas, Dorothy. We're square in the era of Cheese Rock, the mentally challenged cousin of the already mentally challenged Hair Metal phenomenon. This...

  • Saying Google's dead because Google Music is a bad idea?

    20 May 2011 ( #business, #movies, #music, #Uncategorized )

    With CD sales tanking, what is the major labels’ plan? We’ve got to go to subscription. It’s the only model that works. Getting a little from a lot. Hell, people don’t have a problem with buying Netflix subscriptions now, even though so much is unavailable...

  • Stop writing obituaries to books

    19 May 2011 ( #books, #business, #Uncategorized )

    It seems like every blog is jumping on a recent announcement that Amazon now sells more ebooks than physical books. The Millions uses the A-word. McArdle welcomes our new e-book overlords. I don't see the big woo. All this does is highlight that Amazon.com...

  • Alex Hannaford on the Campus Carry Movement in The Atlantic

    10 May 2011 ( #education, #politics, #Uncategorized )

    For me, the argument that you could prevent another Virginia Tech with more guns is fatuous. Guns are designed for one thing only -- and the more of them there are, the greater the chance of someone getting hurt. Texas Senator Rodney Ellis issued a statement...

  • Here's how the beginning goes

    18 May 2011 ( #fiction, #Uncategorized )

    Incredible Williams is not an easy name to live up to. It is given to the son of a baseball player, or a politician's castoff whelp, or an impossibly hyped protagonist. But Incredible goes by Incredible anyway, even though his middle name is a perfectly...

  • Idea: Stop Calling It Gay Marriage

    25 June 2011 ( #marriage, #Uncategorized )

    Now that we've got the third-largest state by population on board, I suspect the gay marriage movement will accelerate. The remarkable thing about this victory, to me, is that it was achieved through lawmaking by duly elected representatives, instead...

  • Dad Party

    22 June 2011 ( #dreams, #Uncategorized )

    I had an intense dream last night that was plotless and evocative. In it, I was hosting a party in a house, a pretty nice one with hardwood floors. I was wearing a sweater and khaki pants and socks, and I was walking around filling people's wine glasses....

  • DADT reaction

    18 December 2010 ( #DADT, #Uncategorized )

    It's only been a few hours, and I've already hit the stage where I can't believe #DADT ever existed. Explaining this will be like explaining that women couldn't vote, blacks couldn't use public water fountains, and Japanese-American families were put...

  • Gin & Tonic Kids

    12 May 2011 ( #education, #Uncategorized )

    "Memo to suburban voucher opponents who 'support public education': you're already sending your kid to private school. You're just confused because your tuition fees came bundled with granite countertops and hardwood floors." via theatlantic.com Great...

  • Driving Tax = Quadruple Ick

    19 May 2011 ( #politics, #Uncategorized )

    I tend not to get too worked up when a new idea starts kicking around Washington DC, because most truly radical changes to the way our government runs start in the states. But this CNN article says a group of lawmakers (the article is vague on the size...

  • Instead of Student Loans, Investing in Futures

    04 June 2011 ( #education, #Uncategorized )

    This NYT piece on an alternative to student loans just blows my mind. Instead of making student loans essentially great big unsecured debts to unemployed adults in which the government guarantees the lender (such a backward financial transaction it baffles...

  • Moving will kill me

    12 March 2013 ( #Life, #Parenting )

    Moving is the worst thing that can happen to you while you're alive, and the dead probably loathe it as well. Moving is all the most annoying tasks of adult life crammed into one awful fortnight: clean the closets out, call the utility company, carry...

  • Another Damn Political Rant

    17 April 2013 ( #politics )

    So I've been Libertarian -- on the streets and in the voting booth -- since my 18th birthday. I switched for one Presidential election in 2004 when the Libs nominated obvious opportunistic Republican turncoat Bob Barr and the Dems nominated a decent human...

  • Untitled

    28 September 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    Yo, diary how’s it hanging? The prudent thing to do is to keep a curtain of silence — I picture it as velvet, and navy blue — around the working hours. Mentioning what happens at work, especially while naming names … hell, mentioning where you work at...

  • Journalist asks follow-up questions of famous people with quippy quotes

    05 January 2011 ( #Uncategorized )

    A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. Gertrude Stein "As a women, what body part do you use?" To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo "During a break-up, does one get to see God's ass?" Absence sharpens...

  • What Our Decorations Sounded Like

    12 November 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    We got a portable record player as a wedding gift! (Thanks, Serial Box!) It plays up to six discs at a time. The best part is, this means we can listen to all the 45s we bought as coasters for the centerpieces at the reception. We picked the records based...

  • They Can't All Be Winners

    19 October 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    Today, I barely noticed the weather. Was it hot? Cool? Normal? Abnormal? I woke up at 5 a.m. to walk the anxious poodle, who was pacing the bedroom and panting. We stumbled around in the dark. I had no shoes or socks on. The pavement was rough, and bit...

  • If you're going to dream, dream crazy

    07 December 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    When we were talking about our honeymoon plans for next year, my wife delightfully chose to rekindle a childhood dream of mine to drive around the perimeter of the continental United States. It started when I was a young boy mowing the lawn. My parents'...

  • Ten years of gentle mockery: the charitable rise and (slight) fall of Peter Pan

    09 February 2011 ( #Uncategorized )

    Remember Randy Constan? He was one of the first Internet celebrities, and the most interesting person I came across when idly scanning the 10-year-old 2001 Webby Awards. (Maybe I'm slowly working on a decade retrospective of how the web has changed. Maybe...

  • Ideology™

    12 October 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    More than anything, before I die, I’d like to create an idea that takes root and passes through society. I want to be a virus when I grow up. This isn’t as hard as it used to be, with a technology built seemingly for the sole purpose of spreading ideas...

  • I found a legitimate reason for reactionary idiots to exist, but they aren't doing their job!

    16 November 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    Every day, all across the country, armed men and women in the employ of the federal government are groping our wives and children, fondling our testicles, and staring at naked pictures of us, all in a clear violation of the 4th Amendment. The right of...

  • Off-White Friday

    26 November 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    I have a fantasy version of myself who lives in a parallel universe and accomplishes life much more efficiently than me. For instance, Fantasy Chris works out a lot, and has all his Christmas shopping finished before Thanksgiving. "But Fantasy Chris,...

  • Emo-TMI

    06 October 2010 ( #Uncategorized )

    Like most guys, I try to avoid crying. I don’t know why. I cried all the time in high school, and man, it got results. Sure, I had to be the drama queen which took a lot of energy and a willingness to make people hate you, but the ability to channel strong...

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