Archives for: February 2009

Bureaucracy done right

February 26th, 2009
I was at the Department of Motor Vehicles about a month ago, and I have to say, my experience was really very positive. Here's a thumbs-up to the CA DMV. When the end of the year rolled around, we received in the mail the re-registration form for the… more »

Two Weeks?

February 24th, 2009
So I've been sick. Not just any sick, but out of work for an entire week sick. It began with deep chest coughing last Monday, turned rapidly into fever, and I remained in bed with fever from Monday afternoon through Thursday morning. Now it's Tuesday of… more »

Primary Source

February 11th, 2009
When I was writing high school papers, I was instructed that I could use an encyclopedia for reference but not as a primary source. Being as this was Before The Internet(tm), this meant some amount of time spent in libraries. Were I teaching a high s… more »

Amoral by Design

February 6th, 2009
If you'd like a good quick burst of indignation, check out this story. In its essentials: A woman passes away, and her son is wrapping up her estate. She has effectively no real assets, and a small (less than $1000) credit card debt. He calls Bank of Am… more »

Matt Taibbi on Thomas Friedman

February 3rd, 2009
I've never been a fan of bestselling pop econ/business/sociologist author Thomas Friedman; since I read The Lexus and the Olive Tree several years ago I rapidly came to the conclusion that he said things that were either obvious or stupid. But he did so… more »