Archive for September, 2010

Short Story: An Act of Terror

September 29, 2010
This is the second, and possibly the last of my attempts at more creative writing. I have no idea if I will attempt others.

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In the Style of: Sibling of Daedalus

September 10, 2010
A series (perhaps) where I try to write a post in the style of other bloggers. Today is Sibling of Daedalus.

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Bringing Style to Your Blog

September 9, 2010

You might not believe it by looking at the layout of this blog, but I do have an interest in aesthetics. I like WordPress, both as blogger and reader. One disadvantage to the free version is that you can not edit the stylesheet (stylesheets control most of the look of a theme). The problem with that is you are stuck with all the choices the theme designer made. Wouldn’t it be nice to add your own bit of flair, or mark out a piece of text in a certain way? Well you can do just that, and I will show you how.
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Random Thoughts on: The End of College?

September 8, 2010

A few bloggers have recently discussed college education. They, like me, seem dubious of the benefits. OneSTDV thinks it a bubble and a racket (but does offer advice), Ferdinand agrees.
[Update: Sept 10, 2010 Φ (Academy Watch) and Whiskey also have posts I did not orginally list]

I too have long thought college education was an expensive chore foisted on most people as a necessary condition of finding reasonable employment. So how do we change that? I have a plan. [Oh Oh!]
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Random Thoughts: USA Beta Provider

September 6, 2010

The USA is the Rodney Dangerfield of transnational set: it gets no respect. It gets no respect because it acts like the oft-maligned beta provider chump.
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Random Thoughts on: Labor

September 5, 2010

When it comes to offshoring, immigration, and inshoring (using H-1b visas to bring in cheaper replacements) a lot of upper middle class people disassociate themselves from the fears of the rest. They do not associate themselves with “labor.” They dismiss those anxieties in the name of “free trade.”

The bad news is, just because you have “Vice-President” on your business card, just because you sit in a Herman Miller Aeron chair does not mean you are not “labor.”
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Cat Food

September 5, 2010

A technique of politicians deploring any change to Social Security is to paint the picture of an old lady forced to live on cat food. I was always somewhat dubious of that pitch, I figured cat food might even be more expensive than other sources of protein.

In an attempt at investigative journalism, I checked prices on cat food versus tuna (a close human equivalent) and find the shocking truth.
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In the Style of: Pupu

September 3, 2010
A series (perhaps) where I try to write a post in the style of other bloggers. Today is Pupu

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You Might Not Have Seen: Sunshine Exposure and Vitamin D

September 3, 2010
A series (perhaps) where I point out sites that you may not have already seen. Today’s site shows you how much sunshine you need to ensure adequate vitamin D levels.

This Might Not Have Seen is just the thing for the coming long weekend of barbecues and (I hope) sunshine.
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