Useless inventions

Somewhere out there, the next Thomas Edison is perspiring toward some great new invention — some ingeniusly clever New Thing that will prove to be indispensably useful and will launch the next great industry, creating thousands of rewarding, decent jobs for the future. While we’re waiting for her to do that, the rest of us [Read More…]

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The greatest degeneration

I’m a big fan of these homefront propaganda posters produced by the U.S. government during World War II. There’s a peppy, can-do spirit about them. The posters convey what folks back then might have called “moxie.” And they presumed that the people reading them would share that spirit. The assumption was that Americans were full [Read More…]

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A bit of housekeeping

You may have noticed I’ve started indexing the Left Behind posts in their new home here at Patheos. That should make it easier for anyone wanting to start at the beginning and read through them in order. (It should also make it easier to adapt those posts into some sort of e-book or some such, [Read More…]

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On the road to Weehawken

Or consider the role and duty of a ferry boat captain. Her job is to pilot a ferry boat from Point A to Point B and back again according to schedule while ensuring the safety of her passengers. That is her primary responsibility. It’s what she was hired to do and what she is paid [Read More…]

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Job Seekers Open Thread, Aug. 8

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. [Read more…]

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Bossypants and The Og Story

So last week my wife and I wound up stuck in a room — well, in a series of rooms — with no way to leave and just one book between us. The obvious solution to this dilemma was to have one of us read aloud to the other. The book we happened to have [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 Do not be too righteous, and do not act too wise; why should you destroy yourself? Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time? [Read more…]

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Tipping points

To get a good old-fashioned Thursday flame war warmed up, we could bring up one of the standard “controversial topics” — abortion, the existence/non-existence of God, libertarianism, Kirk/Picard, etc. Or we could really stoke the fire by linking to this: “10 Handy Rules for Tipping,” by the L.A. Weekly’s Jonathan Gold (via Off the Kuff). [Read More…]

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