26 Dec 2014

Boxing Day

Boxing Day. On the day after Christmas… In feudal times the lord of the manor would give boxes of practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land. Many years ago on the day after Christmas servants would carry boxes to their employers

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24 Dec 2014

Marley was dead.

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.

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07 Dec 2014

Why Jane Curtin Hates Me

I have a life you know. Anyway I was part of this conference at the U.N. before they cleaned all the smoke off the walls and after the thrill of sitting in actual Ambassador chairs (Zimbabwe!) it was time for our box lunch (that’s what they call a stale ham

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09 Oct 2014

Trolling, trolling, trolling

Adapted from The Breakfast Club- Science and Tech Thursday Last week I was surfing my Tech sites when I ran across an article celebrating the demise of Windows 7 OEM pre-installation packages which HP and Dell (among others) buy in bulk and re-sell at a reasonable price to roll\-your\-own and

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09 Sep 2014

Turnout for Teachout and Wu

Unlike some I still have a thin shred of hope in the power of the ballot because I don’t think people are stupid as a whole, just slow to learn and easily influenced. We’ve had 40 years at least to prove that neo-liberal, trickle-down, perfect market economics do not work.

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11 May 2014

Happy Mother’s Day

I tease my mother by calling her Emily after Emily Gilmore both because overall my family reminds me very much of the Gilmores and because she’s never met a brand name she didn’t like whereas I’m perfectly content to buy generic. I thank her among many things for a thorough

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24 Dec 2013

Marley was dead.

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette and DocuDharma Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change,

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23 Dec 2013

For the rest of us

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette and DocuDharma Sometime around December 23rd, but canonically any time between December and May, we celebrate Festivus. Symbolically represented by the Festivus Pole (seen at right) an unadorned aluminium pole between 3′ to 6′ high stuck in some drab and out of the

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14 May 2013

Hurray! You’re back!

Jane, I don’t mind admitting I missed you. We lefties need to stick together.

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16 Apr 2013

Reinhart and Rogoff are WRONG!

Crossposted from The Stars Hollow Gazette How Much Unemployment Was Caused by Reinhart and Rogoff’s Arithmetic Mistake? Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy ReSearch Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:49 Just to remind folks, Reinhart and Rogoff (R&R) are the authors of the widely acclaimed book on the history of

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