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How to Be Polite

How to Be Polite People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. […]

Like a Girl

I've been guilty of saying this in the past few years, despite having a daughter who might very well have kicked the shit out of the 10-year-old me at lots of things. And I'm aware of that… but it's just so baked in as "something you say" that I've said it without thinking. So, this […]

A hue angle of 270 degrees, a saturation of 50% and a lightness of 40% Eric Meyer is an expert on the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) system used to control the appearance of web documents. He's the author of multiple books on CSS, and the "chaperone" of the css-discuss mailing list. His daughter, Rebecca, passed […]

Physicists Detect Gravity Waves, Lifting the Veil on the Beginning of the Universe. I could have sworn I posted about this before. I guess perhaps not? Fascinating stuff.

How Americans Die

How Americans Die. It's a nice presentation. With some surprising information on suicide in particular.

I'm writing the gist of this in the future by a few days. I just had a conversation with someone I respected. He equated - because his religion compels him to - homosexuality with child molestation. He steadfastly believes that homosexuality is 100% choice, and is never biological. He's quite firm on that point. I […]

Ukraine Burning

I have no clue what's going on in the Ukraine. And now I do.

Myth of the Bell Curve

The Myth Of The Bell Curve: Look For The Hyper-Performers

Michael Sam is Gay

The NYTimes has the piece: N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay. I'm glad to see that we're moving in the right direction. Even as little as five years ago, this would have been a bigger story than it is today. Asked if he was nervous about the step he is […]

Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate. I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.

Nye vs. Ham

Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity. More than once, Bill Nye addressed the […]

The Upside of Failure

I once told Carey that Natalie had to "learn to fail." She reacted strongly at the time, basically telling me that I was stupid, and what did I know about failing at anything? I've learned a lot about failing, and it's important to learn to fail. You can't learn how to avoid future failures if […]

I don't understand the "I'm not vaccinating my child" position.

The NSA: An Inside View reminds me of the conversations I've had with my wife about liberties, storing emails, etc. She has said "They can keep and read all my emails, I don't care. I'm not doing anything wrong and I'm boring." I'm more on the side of don't talk to the police (though not […]

Kids These Days

"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control." - Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb "When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and […]

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