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Small Language Gripe

I’m opposed to calling bribes to recalcitrant legislators “sweeteners.” High fructose corn syrup is a “sweetener.” The Senate lardering up a novel’s worth of incentives to get the House to change its mind on a bill it bounced… Read More

AOL Journals, 2003 – 2008

America Online has decided to pull the plug on AOL Journals, the blogging initiative I was a principal of for four and a half years, effective at the end of this month, and some of the folks who… Read More

Bowing to Popular Demand

Here’s the damn cat. I hope you’re happy. Don’t take this the wrong way, but she did not miss you as much as you missed her. She was off doing, you know, cat stuff. Keeps her busy, it… Read More

Two Charitable Things

Two people I know are pimping charities recently, so here’s a shoutout to them: 1. My pal Chad Orzel is trying to raise $6K for DonorsChoose, an educational charity, and he’s willing to dance like a monkey for… Read More

Your Not Exactly Deep Thought of the Day

Every time I put ham on a bagel, I feel… transgressive.

Hosting & Tech Geekery

I’m going to talk technical neepery here, so if that doesn’t interest you, you’ll probably just want to wait for the next entry. So, yesterday marked a year of using WordPress, and generally speaking it’s been a pretty… Read More

Xkcd Gets it Right Again: The Fiction Rule of Thumb

I post this partly to ward off having it sent to me a thousand times, but also to acknowledge its general truth. That said, Anathem wrecks this curve pretty handily. But note well, newbie authors: You are not… Read More

Whateveresque Registration Day, 10/1/08

If you’ve had a hankerin’ to register for Whateveresque, the Whatever reader forum, today’s the day: Registration is open until 10pm. Remember that you’ll be approved faster if I don’t think you’re a spambot; here’s how to avoid… Read More