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What I Want Out of Superman August 08th, 2011 Superman has always bugged me. The idea of dressing up in a special outfit and going to fight crime I can sort of understand, but it makes more sense for Batman than for Superman. Batman devotes nearly his whole life to fighting crime; even those token times spent as Bruce Wayne serve mostly ...

One Sentence Book Reviews, 2011, pt. 2 August 05th, 2011 I’ve gotten through another twenty books since last time. This puts me about a month ahead of schedule in my reading, which means that I might just have time to read Infinite Jest after all. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – Cynical and somehow still wondrous, and offers a nice variety of emotional impacts. Bossypants by ...

When Life Begins July 11th, 2011 Let me be upfront: this whole blog post is about how much I hate the phrase “Life begins at conception”. The problem is twofold. First, it’s incredibly ambiguous. “Life” can mean a whole bunch of things. I believe when pro-life people use the term, they mean it in the sense of “continuity of ...

One Sentence Book Reviews, 2011 May 10th, 2011 Okay, so this year I’m trying to get through 60 books, which I think it a reasonable goal that will keep me reading without getting sick of it. At year-end, I’ll throw the list up along with some graphs about what my genre tendencies tend to be, authors I read, etc., but for now ...

The Other Ending of Pulp Fiction January 01st, 2011 I keep having this same dream where there’s an alternate ending of Pulp Fiction which everyone hates and I find absolutely hilarious. The actual details of this alternate ending aren’t important, because like most dream stuff, they don’t actually make sense in the context of reality. Just imagine me laughing my ass off ...

The Total Disclosure Project May 08th, 2010 So I’ve said a couple of times on this blog that I’m not real big on privacy. Most of the time, the information that we generate every day is completely worthless, not only to people to know us, but to corporations. The only real concern is whether or not this information could be ...

Arizona Nazis April 27th, 2010 So there’s a new bill out of Arizona which (basically) requires people to carry their papers on them at all times in order to aid the police officers of that state in cracking down on illegal immigration, along with a number of other measures. Cue comparisons to the Nazis. There’s a famous quote by Ben Franklin, “They ...

Should the First Amendment Include Corporations? April 20th, 2010 Alright, so the grievously stupid invocation of the First Amendment when talking about corporations is quickly becoming a pet peeve of mine, as I seem to be finding it everywhere I look. Also, Google recently made a post about their approach to free expression. (Made just a few days after my blog post. ...

Corporations and Free Speech April 15th, 2010 So there’s recently been some murmuring about Apple and how awful it is that they block apps for political reasons. Phrases similar to “I guess Apple doesn’t care about the 1st Amendment” keep cropping up. This also gets tossed around when any online service starts to censor people for any reason. Let’s get this ...

Labor Implications of Content-Aware Fill April 14th, 2010 So I’ve been checking out a lot of the the videos and commentary on Adobe’s new Content-Aware Fill. I find several things about the online discussion to be fairly amusing. Firstly, there are the people who claim that this is fake. I can sort of understand this, as it was originally posted around April ...

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