Monthly Archives: December 2009

Are we environmentalists so different from our religious brethren?

In Superfreakanomics, Levitt & Dubner quote Boris Johnson (journalist cum London mayor), who writes: Like all the best religions, fear of climate change satisfies our need for guilt, and self-disgust, and that eternal human sense that technological progress must be … Continue reading

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Things I Missed

Wait, how did I miss this? In 2002, Christopher Nolan directed a remake of Insomnia. Produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh. Starring Al Pacino and Hilary Swank. Watching it now. I hope it’s good! Also, things I missed: The … Continue reading

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Some Movies

Watched and enjoyed Food, Inc–the latest in a string of new documentaries on the food (a.k.a “corn”) industry. Great production values and engaging interviews (including Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma) make Food, Inc a rather more refined product … Continue reading

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Best 41 Albums of the Decade

I’m just going to throw this out there. My goal is sharing and discovery–but if you prefer to create controversy (no, I didn’t forget about Strawberry Jam…), go right ahead! (*Hint* – One of these albums does not belong. Hrm… … Continue reading

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some new year’s resolutions

.ind { margin-left: 40px; margin-bottom: 10px; } An unordered list: Learn to enjoy the company of strangers Achieve greater levity Smile longer Make new friends Be less self-conscious Share more music Consume less–and better–passive entertainment Live prolifically Be bigger (no, … Continue reading

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“We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor — we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.” -Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance … Continue reading

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lyrics are never so profound absent the song

Some lyrics I like: It’s a simple computationYou take easy conversationAdd erotic exploration, adorationBut when he said, “I love you, girl”It should have come with a warning. He said, “I’ve gotta go, go, go, ’cause it hurts to feelI’m gonna … Continue reading

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a flagrant bit of escapism

So: Socialism maximizes equality of opportunity — but at the expense of incentives to succeed. A capitalist economy without government is a barter economy. Given that government is necessary for capitalism (due to failures of the market economy) the question … Continue reading

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On time and under budget

At 7:00 am this morning, the clinic’s billing department will begin work in a new office. I’m excited and proud–from lease revisions to issuing key cards, the new office space has been (more or less) my project. I’m excited about … Continue reading

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