Monthly Archives: November 2013

A bicycle

By | November 30, 2013

“I think that one of the things that separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool-builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing of about a… Read More »


By | November 30, 2013

This is probably the most insightful thing I have ever read about Black Friday. I really like it when smart people make me think of something I never would’ve thought of on my own, that also explains human behavior I previously could not have made sense of. Of course the feeling of defeating capitalism at… Read More »

First world

By | November 30, 2013

I’m really tired of the phrase “first world problems.” Originally, it highlighted something that was relevant and worth paying attention to. Now it’s just used to dismiss people. For instance if my (nice, fast) car breaks down, yes that might indeed be a first world problem but it’s a real damn problem and I have… Read More »

Heavy boots

By | November 29, 2013

Myth: The astronauts didn’t float away because they had heavy boots. I don’t know why people seem to feel the need to apologize or excuse people who are freakin’ idiots. I would’ve gotten this question correct when I was four years old. I annoyed a teacher one time when I was seven or eight years… Read More »


By | November 28, 2013

Kappa Paul Band featuring Halie and Emma covering the Allman Brother’s “Midnight Rider.” Not sure why they instagrammed the video, but so be it – they are better live and recording all at once than most bands in the studio with multiple separate takes and all sorts of digital enhancement.

Essay say say

By | November 28, 2013

This is one of the best essays I’ve ever read. It might be the best. Whatever its ranking, it’s fucking fantastic. I linked it at my other blog but it really needs wider exposure. Usually when I read something, I think, Meh, I could’ve written that. Writing is an area (to paraphrase a movie from… Read More »

One of the few

By | November 28, 2013

One of the very few ways I was similar to regular kids is that I perceived adults as being much older than they actually were. (While often perceiving them accurately as mendacious incompetents at the same time.) For instance, in a movie I liked at the time and have since re-watched, a major character at… Read More »

Slated for disposal

By | November 27, 2013

It’s getting harder and harder to read Slate these days – nearly everything on there is some Matthew Yglesias-infected contrarian claptrap bullshit even if it’s not actually written by Matthew Yglesias. That piece I linked – like most of his – is filled with false dichotomies, statements backed by no evidence (because there isn’t any)… Read More »


By | November 27, 2013

I’ve deliberately made an effort lately to read more fiction by women. I already read something like 40% fiction by women naturally – now it’s more like 75%. Call it making up for lost time. I didn’t expect the quality of my reading material to go down, and it did not. However, there is a… Read More »