Thor’s Day

There is a crack, a crack in everything … It’s Thor’s Day, when we traditionally honor the storm god here by unleashing the lightning of a robust, but hopefully civil, flamewar. One of the first questions when approaching the subject of human nature tends to be are we essentially good or essentially rotten? The Christian [Read More…]

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Mr. Sharky

I’ve successfully launched my personal, private-sector economic stimulus package: A 2008 Toyota Yaris. Like me, it is tall, skinny and frugal. A subcompact with head and legroom, who knew? Between my unanticipated car-shopping and the two-days-and-counting teacher’s strike in my girlfriends’ kids’ district, time for sleep and/or blogging are a bit hard to come by [Read More…]

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The Iron Horse

I did not expect, when I got into my car to drive home this morning, that my ride home would be quite so suspenseful, or that it would come to an end not at home but, instead, at a local auto repair shop. The news that it would need a new radiator was, by that [Read More…]

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Chain of command

Fresh thread for your Thursday flame war. … This is just a guess. I don’t know what you do for a living or how well you do it, so all I can do is guess. I’m guessing that your immediate supervisor, your boss, knows what you do and how well you do it. If you [Read More…]

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Biblical names

The annual list of popular baby names from the Social Security Administration is chock full of biblical names on the boy’s side — 13 out of the top 20. Less so on the girl’s side — only six of the top 20. Inspired by that imbalance, I present the following. 7 biblical women’s names that [Read More…]

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Super-Duper Tuesday

Here’s what I’m trying to figure out about “Super-Duper Tuesday” — the ridiculously early multi-state primary-palooza on Feb. 5: How are the candidates going to manage their concession/victory speeches? Here’s the Feb. 5 list (copied from TPM/Election Central): Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho (D), Illinois, Massachusetts, Minesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New [Read More…]

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Hostile environments

I spent a year getting out of debt by doing corporate training — lots of three-day weekends in hotel meeting rooms with our account managers talking about sexual harassment and not creating a hostile workplace environment. If I were still working in that capacity, I would have to advise our managers not to hang this [Read More…]

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Crafty

“In the real world they pay professionals. That’s why we call them pros.” — Carver I finally caught the first episode of Season 5 of The Wire. Now that the show’s focus has widened to include my own trade, its almost Aristotelian* emphasis on virtue and craft seems even more emphatic. This thread runs throughout [Read More…]

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