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I Coulda Been a Contendah!

July 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Oh man, if only I had noticed that Wired was holding a superhero costume contest in time! Apparently, supervillains are fair game as well, so I could have submitted: And at least arguably:

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Tags: Personal

A Query for My Readers

July 14th, 2008 · 25 Comments

Assuming those of you who are regular readers tend to get something or other out of my scribblings for various venues, do any of you have an opinion as to which of the following two focuses over, say, the next 1-2 years would generate more value added? Daily, hard-ish journalism focusing on a few specific […]

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Blogger, Can You Spare a Dime?

July 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

So, I’ve been to see Brian, and can confirm that he is, modulo “shot repeatedly,” doing well. But it looks like insurance will only cover part of the costs of treatment, so Spencer Ackerman has set up a PayPal fund, if anyone feels like chipping in; just click through to his site and hit the […]

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Tags: Personal · Washington, DC

But He Don’t Walk With a Limp

July 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

I feel like I ought to say something about this, now that the news is apparently out, but for the moment everything’s coming out as a string of profanities. So I’ll limit myself to this: (1) Brian Beutler is awesome. If you read his phenomenal reporting, count yourself lucky. If you know him, count yourself […]

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Tags: Personal · Washington, DC

But Do We Eat Arugula?

June 27th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Well, this is obviously incredibly flattering: Among the many dark tidings for American conservatism, there is one genuine bright spot. Over the past five years, a group of young and unpredictable rightward-leaning writers has emerged on the scene. These writers came of age as official conservatism slipped into decrepitude. Most of them were dismayed by […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Journalism & the Media · Libertarian Theory · Personal · Washington, DC

The Parli Style

June 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Something was bothering me as I watched Jonathan Zittrain‘s excellent and engaging talk at PDF the other day. I mean, beyond the fact that he looks approximately my age, which would cause me to weep bitter, bitter tears of shame and envy if it were true. No, it was something awfully familiar about his gestures, […]

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Tags: Personal · Sociology


April 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

My iPhone now works as a remote control for my laptop anywhere in the house, provided it’s on the same WiFi network. The laptop, in turn, can stream to speakers in the living room hooked up to the router. If I start morphing into Justin Long, you have permission to put me down like a […]

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Tags: Personal · Tech and Tech Policy

Hoover Bleg

March 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments

One thing that’s recently become clear to me is that I really need to read a biography of J. Edgar Hoover. Anyone care to recommend one?

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Tags: Language and Literature · Personal · Privacy and Surveillance

Free at Last, Free at Last

March 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Lemme just second Tom Lee: Jailbreaking = teh awesome. Not sure why I didn’t do it earlier. If you’ve got an iPhone you haven’t unlocked yet, go here.

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Tags: Personal · Uncategorized

How to Be Shrill

March 5th, 2008 · No Comments

The FISA battle is giving me some perspective on how the process of beshrillification unfolds: (1) Republicans make a series of dubious or straight-up false claims in support of their position. (2) Because the matter is complex, a relatively small number of people are actually paying close enough attention to know how and why the […]

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Tags: Personal · Privacy and Surveillance