Month: November 2009

  • Houston 2009 Runoff Voter’s Guide

    Here is the 2009 voters guide put out by the  League of Women Voters.  It’s a PDF and easily hidden on the League website. Incompetence! Chronicle Endorsements are here.

  • Political Humor Pt 3551

    David Letterman gives the top 10 presidential moments of George W. Bush. Here’s Letterman whining (and I do mean whining ) when John McCain cancelled an appearance. It’s funny how they have let Letterman become more political and opinionated over the past couple of years.

  • Robert Nagle, Personville, October 2009

    (Personville will be the name of a literary magazine I’ll be starting).

  • Vocabulary Resources for Kids

    Ever since I wrote my article about the importance of a good vocabulary, I’ve been looking for ways to help my 8 year old nephew and 10 year old niece learn new words. Here are some things I’ve found. By far, the most interesting thing I’ve found for children is the interactive vocabulary game from…

  • Shut Up and Let me Eat my Fish!

    I woke up at 4:00 AM in the morning determined to write a storm of fiction. Instead I end up catching on some random blogs! Time is a-wastin. Ok, let me get it out of the way. (Hey, it’s my birthday now). I really enjoy satirical blogs and don’t hype them enough. IOZ Interviews Malcolm…

  • Re: my 2 articles about green webhosting (Updates, Corrections, etc)

    Here are two major pieces I wrote about green web hosting and data centers. I actually spent a lot of time researching this. I’ll repost it on this blog eventually, but for now I recommend that you read it on the Houston Chronicle website and leave your comments there. (don’t worry; I’ll read them). Part…

  • My Resolution: Becoming Carbon-Neutral in 2010

    Texans bear a special responsibility for the problem of climate change. Texas emits so much carbon that if it were a nation, it would be the 7th largest emitter of carbon in the world. China’s per capita carbon emissions is 5.5 metric tons per person; the US per capita carbon emissions is 23.5 metric tons…

  • Robert’s Awesome Tricks for Improving your Vocabulary

    (2022 Update. To my delight, I have found a free offline dictionary for my android device which allows you to bookmark words you don’t know. (Definitions come from Wikidictionary — not the best, but it has a lot of words). I’ll be syncing the two word lists when I can. ) I haven’t tried the Apple vocabulary/dictionary…

  • Robert Nagle’s Ongoing Word List

    June 2019 Update. To my delight, I have found a free offline dictionary for my android device which allows you to bookmark words you don’t know. (Definitions come from Wikidictionary — not the best, but it has a lot of words). I’ll be syncing the two word lists when I can.  Here is a list…

  • More on Hoop Dreams

    Mike Wise writes a fascinating account of what happened to the 2 basketball players in Hoop Dreams. Details: Coach Pingatore and the school were parties to a suit to prevent the film from being released theatrically. the film wasn’t even nominated for a Oscar because Academy Members wanted the film stopped after 20 minutes one…

  • Correcting the errors of Superfreakonomics (Part 347)

    As much as I care about climate change, I am weary of the argumentation. Just today a friend sent me a wretched piece about global warming if only to make me mad. Realclimate.org is less argumentative (although the comments sometimes devolve), and if you read just the posts (not the comments), you gain a better…

  • Sexy Propaganda

    P.S. If you go to the Youtube site to watch the video, watch it in HD; you won’t regret it! See also: the babe theory of political movements . I never thought this theory was to be taken seriously, but it explains a lot. (Of course, female beauty is easily manipulated by commercial interests. I’m…

  • Enhancing your Brain Power: My Secrets

    Man, I seem to be really kicking butt at work. I have focus and concentration and energy. Ironically, when I work from home, I don’t seem to be as productive. I find 100s of things to distract me, but that is my problem, not my brain’s. I’ve developed a routine. Here it is. Don’t set…

  • Eco Link Dumps

    I’m doing research for an article about green computing. Here is just a jumble of great stuff I’ve been finding. Texas consumes more fuel generated from coal & petroleum than any US state. Per capita, Texas is 5th in energy consumption (behind Alaska, Wyoming, Louisiana & North Dakota). Curiously, CA & NY per capita energy…