Monday, February 28, 2005

Read this

A couple of eloquent and relevant posts at The Gadflyer on wooing Southern voters and the conservative tax gambit. Go read.

Accidents happen

Profgrrrl writes today about how she accidentally fell into a top-tier academic job..

This story actually rings true with me. I never made big plans to go into academia. In fact, I can trace my decision to October of my senior year in college. I was sitting in a class after lunch, mind wandering, and I thought suddenly "This time next year I won't be here. I wonder what I will do? I know. I'll apply to grad school." Not that I didn't work hard to shape the direction of my career once I was already there, but the fact remains that it was basically apathy and inertia that drove me in the first place.

And then I left. Maybe my lack of a lifelong dream to be there made it easier to walk away in the end. I do know that it would be hard to envision going back now. I still go to professional conferences and am left with a feeling of gratitude that I am no longer one of my academic colleagues.

To Howard Dean

I'm already on board with your sentiments that Republicans are evil. I don't need to be reminded of it. It's probably the case that every single person willing to pay $100 a head to hear you speak is on board as well. So why give your detractors something to distract us from the very important party organizing that needs to be done?

Sunday, February 27, 2005

At least she has a sense of perspective

A friend of Paris Hilton's, commenting on the hacking of her Sidekick:

"She was pretty upset about it," someone told MSNBC. "It's one thing to have people looking at your sex tapes, but having people reading your personal e-mails is a real invasion of privacy."



As an aside, why are conservatives so against the estate tax? Paris Hilton is the poster child for why we need one. You would think that the family values crowd would agree with me here.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

80s Music

Even as I write this, I am listening to 80s alternative streaming audio. The current track is "Something About You" by Level 42. Quick, can you remember who they were or what that song sounds like? Thought not.

The funny thing is that at the time I thought that Level 42 was banal noise. Now, well, I guess they are still banal but I am actually enjoying the sound. Nostalgia, or has popular music regressed?

Now it is Aztec Camera. Yet another resident of the "where are they now" file.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Fun with Hannidate

Via the incomparable TBogg, we discover that Sean Hannity has set up an online dating service for Conservatives. If you are a "good conservative Christian woman" and are into "assperations" then perhaps this guy has a place in your future.

Unlike most reputable dating services, the email addresses of the participants are available to the whole wide world. Good thing that nobody would think of taking advantage of this, right? Right?

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Strange

I had a post and it disappeared. Is this one of those Blogger things that people seem to complain about?

Well, you get what you pay for.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tired of hearing about it

Republicans go on and on about how we are in the minority and need to get on board with their short-sighted, destructive, bigoted ideas. And I'm tired of hearing about it, because they are just 100% flat out wrong.

Austrian Subtraction

Clancy at Culture Cat writes about Austrian versus American subtraction. And she's right. The Austrian method is, at least to me, much more natural.

In fact, despite the fact that I was never taught it, I use a form of it when doing hand calculations. Besides being quicker, you get an estimate of the result immediately, which is often quite useful.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

New Home!

After laying low for four months, I've decided to move from Typepad. I'm just not enough of a fanatic about posting to spend a measly five clams a minth for that which I can get for free.

Eventually I'll try and move my old posts over here. Maybe. If apathy doesn't take hold and if I am up to date on my latest self-improvement project: learning Danish. Until then, you can view my old writing here.