Month: March 2010

  • Awkward Family Photos

    From awkward family photos. More fun under the fold.

  • John Denver parody protests mountain top removal

    Tonya Adkins uses a John Denver song to protest mountain top removal in West Virginia.  Lyrics by Bob Kinkaid. Eloquent and heartbreaking. As I listened to the original John Denver song, I was shocked to discover that the song was specifically about West Virginia mountains (making the parody all the more poignant). Almost heaven West…

  • Just the facts, Ma’am (Facts to enlighten our political discourse)

    Bruce Bartlett on the actual IRS rates vs. perceived rates: According to the CBO, the highest figure for all federal taxes since 1970 came in the year 2000, when they reached 20.6% of GDP. As we know, after that George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress cut federal taxes; they fell to 18.5% of GDP…

  • Awesome Free Shit Everywhere! (AFSE)

    From an anonymous comment on a free (and legal) music sharing site: "what people dont understand, is there is awesome free shit everywhere."   Although I avoid profanity here usually, the last four words of this quote convey the feeling as emphatically and eloquently. Henceforth, I will use the acronym AFSE to refer to gems…

  • Fake AP Stylebook (and other hilarities)

    I don’t normally promote twitter feeds, but the fake AP Stylebook is one of my faves.  Here are my fave entries (in random order): Advice columns should avoid the following phrases: “justifiable homicide,” “purifying flame,” “just cut it off.” The plural of apostrophe is “apostrophe’s.” It is not necessary to refer to the Mountain Time…

  • Singers Protest Mountain Top removal at Chase Bank

    Musical protesters protest Chase Bank’s financing of Mountain top removal efforts by Massey Energy et al.   I blogged earlier  that “every day, 3 million pounds of explosives are used to blow the tops off ancient mountain ridges in southern West Virginia to access thin seams of coal underneath.” That’s the equivalent of dropping 3…

  • Post-SXSW Linkdump

    Lots of small things to blog about. Allegory of the Cave as a claymation film (3 minutes). Great but it made me realize how much I missed the first time I read Plato! Here’s  Life after Tomorrow, a  delightful 70 minute documentary about some of the people who starred in the Annie Broadway play as…

  • Q&A about Ebooks

    (Here are some Q&A about ebooks which I wrote up for someone which I am reposting here). WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE DO YOU FIND ARE INTERESTED IN EBOOKS? IS THERE A TARGET AUDIENCE? Before answering any questions, I think I should define what an ebook is. There is honest disagreement, but I define an ebook …

  • New health insurance plan

    I just updated my guide to buying individual health insurance in Texas. For the record, as a 44 year old, I obtained health coverage with $5000 for $132 with Aetna Texas in Jan, 2009. By April, it had hit $188. I switched to a comparable plan with United Health  with $5000 deductible for $167. Even…

  • My ipad purchase

    I finally did it: I purchased an ipad.  I purchased the 32 gig device without 3g (although the monthly price was tempting indeed). My main purpose was professional: to see how it would change reading and to test ebook designs on it.  See Craig Mod’s article about book design on the ipad. I am not…

  • Lukewarm critical response

    In other news, a massive celebrity picks a random person to twitter about.  Joy ensues.  By the way, I am (ahem) on twitter. Lest it need to be repeated, I care so incredibly little about twitter. It is like lint or leftover dental floss: it will distract you before you toss it aside.  (Which reminds…

  • Novel in 2050 Plan B (SXSWi 2010) Sunday March 14 at 2:00 PM

    Description of a talk Robert Nagle will be organizing at 2010 SXSW Interactive

  • Shallowness of Sunday talk shows

    I noticed that mediamatters is now  factchecking the statements made on  the Sunday talk shows. I don’t know how hard this is, but it’s extremely convenient to have this as a reference.  Up until recently, TV commentary was provided only on Sunday talk shows. Now with 24 hour cable, we have news commentary shows that…

  • Robert’s SXSW Schedule

    I will be attending SXSW Interactive this year. Here is a tentative schedule of talks I plan to attend. Let me emphasize that I float among many rooms, so there’s no guarantee I’ll be at these places. Also, I go out of my way to attend things with a visual or multimedia component and to…

  • A moratorium please!

    Ok, I’ve had enough. Can someone please declare a moratorium on the use of creepy O Fortuna music on all political ads & car commercials &  sports events & video games & comedy skits & movie promos! If I never hear this melody again, I shall die a happy man. I am so weary of…

  • Best Blonde Joke Ever!

    Wow, I don’t normally go for Dumb Blonde jokes, but I gotta say. This one has become my all-time favorite.