Archives for: January 2009

Joke: Neighbor's Dog

January 29th, 2009
An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me and I gave him a few pats on his head; then he followed me onto my porch, slow… more »

Mix-up

January 29th, 2009
I stayed home sick yesterday (yes, I was sick), which gave me an extra high domesticity level; in addition to making dinner I did a bunch of other stuff, including baking cookies. My wife passed through the kitchen and nabbed some cookie dough, leavi… more »

Interlude: It's only a 3D representation of "work," anyway

January 26th, 2009
Or, "Our world may be a giant hologram." Because string theory didn't have a high enough SAN loss value: The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and somet… more »

Embracing Failure

January 26th, 2009
Lots of things have me rolling my eyes and/or spluttering in anger today, but this one seemed worthy of mention. Apparently, the over-budget and behind-schedule reconstruction of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge may be using defective Chinese steel. (… more »

Done vs. Done Well

January 26th, 2009
The major intellectual failing of conservatives and libertarians is a deliberate inability to understand the difference between "government" and "government done poorly". Any endeavor, any field can be done well or poorly or anything in between; private… more »