Currently enjoying “Everything is New” by Jack PeƱate

, January 19, 2010

A few months ago, I tried to get myself into the habit of reviewing a different record on this site every week. Not necessarily a new record, of course; most of what I buy these days is actually older music that I’ve slept on. But I still felt like spreading the word about whatever I […]

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How my girlfriend tricked me into taking a little time off

, January 18, 2010

I don’t really like to spend a lot of time on the couch doing nothing. Given the opportunity, I’d rather work on this or that for as much of the day as I can. But everyone needs to relax and waste a little time now and then, and I’ll be the first to admit that […]

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Karma and the American Dream

, January 18, 2010

Karma, at its most basic and superficial level, is the notion that the universe rewards people who choose to live a good life. The flip side of that idea, of course, is that if the universe hasn’t rewarded you, then it must be because you haven’t chosen to live a good life. In other words, […]

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Babylon Telecom is back (almost)

, January 15, 2010

I took the day off sick today. I normally don’t like to take a day off like that, but it had to be done. I had to miss a couple of deadlines to do it, though, including a target date to launch a new podcast. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to tell […]

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Forty bucks, five gallons

, January 14, 2010

I really wish I’d watched Jarhead before I’d gotten to know John Krasinski as a television actor. I’ve talked about the book on this blog before, and although I’m usually one of those guys who likes to put the movie off until he’s read the source material, I’d totally recommend that you read the book […]

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How to build a voting bloc

, January 13, 2010

I’ve been going on about the whole Cathy Crowe thing for a while now (see this post and this post for background). I’d really like to see her win the by-election, but because I don’t live in her riding, I can’t vote for her. But I can encourage her constituents to vote for her, and […]

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Time management

, January 12, 2010

You know, there’s something about being at the office at four in the morning working on a bunch of code so I can meet a deadline tomorrow that makes me think I could probably tighten up the way I manage my workload.

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A letter to Tony Clement

, January 11, 2010

Mr. Clement, Today I read your remarks about “elites” and “chattering classes” being the only ones who care about this year’s prorogation of Parliament. You recently noted that you received “maybe three dozen emails” from your constituency expressing concern, and although I am not a member of your constituency, I would expect that this is […]

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Hey, what if I put on some weight?

, January 10, 2010

I’m thinking of trying to gain fifteen pounds or so by the spring. I’m a little under the average weight for my height, and I’d like to turn that around. I’m on the right track so far, but it’s going to take some work, especially on a relatively healthy vegetarian diet. I couldn’t get fat […]

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Congratulations, Big Red Button!

, January 9, 2010

I’m afraid this is a little overdue, but let’s hear it for Pier Van Tijn and Johnny Burns of Big Red Button, whose sharp and innovative Pablo the Drug Mule Dog campaign was recently named the “Most Effective Ad” of the year by the Guardian. Congratulations, guys! Visit Pablo’s group on Facebook if you’d like […]

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