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Normally I don’t claim to be an Internet graybeard, because I tend to hang in circles where there are many people who have been doing this online stuff even longer than me. Still, I’ve been using online communications since the days of 1200 baud modems, which is way longer than most people I run into. […]

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When Andrew Sullivan announced he was going indie, I saw many approving comments and excited commentary that he was “the future of journalism” and “pointing the way”. Has everyone forgotten? Why are so many dazzled by his current libertarian/pro-Obama stance, one that is so at odds with his many previous stances? I don’t get it. […]

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How do they even survive?

In the “Jeez, people are stupid” category, I was reminded yet again today how many folks just make you shake your head in amazement. I had a minor surgical procedure done earlier today. No big deal, but I’ve had a bad reaction (agonizing pain) in the past when it was done in the doctor’s office, […]

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We Voted

…and so should you, if you haven’t already. One of the things I’ve always treasured with Dori is how she values voting (and to a lesser extent, politics) as much as I do. Other than the very occasional elections where it’s only local judges or school boards where I don’t know enough to vote intelligently, […]

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I’m angry. I wrote this a week ago, in the aftermath of the latest US gun massacre, and decided to sit on it to see how I’d feel. But I haven’t changed my mind. I’m so damn tired of the fools mouthing the slogan “When you make guns illegal, only the criminals will have them.” […]

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Eleventh Annual Oscar blogging

And the Oscars went to: Multiple Oscar winners: Hugo: 5 The Artist: 5 The Iron Lady: 2 For those who are unfamiliar with me doing this, you can find previous year’s Oscarblogging at: 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Updates will be (mostly) placed at the end, so scroll down. After […]

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Virginia Republicans require women seeking abortions to be raped first

This is a transvaginal ultrasonic probe. Normally, it is a valuable diagnostic device that promotes women’s health. It is used by putting it into a woman’s vagina. The Virginia legislature now requires its use on women seeking abortions, whether or not she or her doctor agree, and for no medical reason. The only motivation for this bill is to obtain […]

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A while back, I mentioned how I had ordered a $99 Kindle Touch, and said that I’d report back after I’d had it for a while. Here are my mostly positive thoughts. Size: I like this thing a lot. It’s smaller than my iPad, which needs to either be in a bag or under my arm […]

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