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Entries from August 2005

He Regresado

August 29th, 2005 · Comments Off on He Regresado

Apologies for the radio silence; I’ve just returned from a Liberty Fund colloquium in Guatemala. I should probably post on some of the interesting discussion there, but what I actually find myself turning over and over in my head is: Why does everyone have the same goddamn black, dark-grey, or navy blue roller suitcase? It […]

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Tags: Personal


August 24th, 2005 · 5 Comments

Well, this is depressing. Via Daily Kos, I come across the following quotation: Like every other man of intelligence and education, I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised. Some wacky contemporary Christian-basher like Richard Dawkins, right? Actually, way back in 1922, it appears […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Thumbs, Still Your Twitching

August 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Thumbs, Still Your Twitching

Alas, it looks as though I’ll be out of town for the VideoGame Expo that comes to town this weekend, but those of you remaining should check it out. I’d really go more out of curiosity than fandom—I haven’t regularly played video games since high school. So something like this is probably more my speed.

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Tags: Washington, DC

No-Point Conversion

August 23rd, 2005 · 1 Comment

Arthur Silber works up more anger than I can manage over the Volokh Conspiracy debate on homosexual “conversion,” but his basic points strike me as right on. The core problem here is that Eugene is ultimately making a pretty trivial point, but framing it in the context of rebutting the idea that it’s a “myth” […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Pick Up the Hotline

August 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Pick Up the Hotline

Not that anything there will be news to those who are already reading this blog, but if you scroll down at this link, there’s a short interview with me at National Journal/Hotline‘s Blogometer.

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Tags: Self Promotion

Amazon: Not Just Stimulating Your Mind Anymore

August 19th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Who knew Amazon.com had solid selection of vibrators, and at some truly incredible discounts. Rabbits (the iPod of vibrators) run $35–$48 for models that ordinarly go for $80–$120. And you can apparently pick up some less chi-chi $20 models for under a dollar. How can they do that? They’re not, umm… used, are they?

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Intelligent Falling Theory

August 16th, 2005 · 2 Comments


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Tags: Science

Network Theory and the Blogoosphere

August 15th, 2005 · Comments Off on Network Theory and the Blogoosphere

So, a couple weeks back I did a panel for a seminar run by the Institute for Humane Studies, and ended up chatting afterward with a couple of the students and Dan Drezner. I mentioned in passing that I’d done a previous panel a year back on the application of social network theory—about which I’d […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Talking and Speaking

August 15th, 2005 · Comments Off on Talking and Speaking

So, if you’d asked me earlier today what speak and talk mean (in their verb forms), I probably would’ve said that, barring idiomatic constructions (you can talk someone into doing something, but not speak them into it) they’re pretty much exact synonyms. Or at any rate, I would’ve been hard pressed to articulate any difference […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Climbing Mount Unbloggable

August 15th, 2005 · Comments Off on Climbing Mount Unbloggable

So, apparently my post below on evolution and the psychology of religious belief has kicked off a little debate over at The Panda’s Thumb. For the most part, I think Tim Sandefur’s reply says what needed to be said, but let me just add something brief about the point of the original post. My point […]

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Tags: Science