Alas, No : Uber opens the company store

Inside Uber’s Auto-Lease Machine, Where Almost Anyone Can Get a Car - Bloomberg:

Xchange caters to people who have been rejected by other lenders. The program is run by Andrew Chapin, who pitched it to Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick in 2012. Before joining Uber, Chapin was a Goldman Sachs commodities trader. He oversees all of Uber's auto-financing efforts, including a partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and vehicle-purchase discounts. "I want the driver to get an option that is best for them," Chapin said. "I try to provide a menu of options that the industry thus far has not provided."

Xchange isn't intended to be a moneymaker, said an Uber spokesman. But it has plenty of critics who accuse the company of looting the pockets of its drivers. The program is plagued by a lot of questions that surround other subprime lending programs aimed at risky borrowers with bad credit. Is Xchange really offering good deals? Does it ensnare drivers with commitments they can't meet? "You can buy the car for what they're charging you in weekly payments," said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at personal-finance website Bankrate.com. But for many drivers who sign up with Xchange, it's their only option.

The terms of an Xchange lease run 28 pages. Drivers pay a $250 upfront deposit and then make weekly payments to Uber over the course of the three-year life of the lease. As the video promoting the arrangement puts it: "The best part: Payments are automatically deducted from your Uber earnings." At the end of three years, Uber keeps the $250 deposit to release the drivers from the lease. If they want to buy it, they'll need to fork over the residual value of the car, which could run many thousands of dollars. Uber declined to provide an average figure.

But remember, everyone—they're just a platform, enabling business agreements between consenting individuals.

By Pete Brown

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  1. Blogging didn't die. It was killed.
  2. Call me crazy, but I think Clinton probably knows what she's doing.
  3. Atrios on Uber
  4. Trophies for participating
  5. Adventures in disaster recovery
  6. "If we look at Column AK on Tab 3 of this list of open tickets…"
  7. Clay Shirky on protest voting
  8. Blair Witch
  9. We are broadcasting from the year 2016…
  10. Your third party won't save you.
  11. Nathan Robinson on voting for the lesser of two evils
  12. And this is the book that made Trump famous.
  13. Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas
  14. Michael Arnovitz on Hillary Clinton
  15. Not every problem is a software problem.
  16. The second most terrifying thing about this election
  17. Profiles In Courage, featuring Speaker Of the House Paul Ryan
  18. Describes most of my Facebook these days…
  19. A reminder that writers and readers of tech blogs are not ordinary people
  20. Martin Longman on voting v. organizing
  21. Josh Marshall on New York's closed primary system
  22. Rutger Bregman on universal basic income
  23. Jurgen Appelo on why information radiators don't work
  24. Ulysses app is kind of nice
  25. Democrats
  26. If your solution is to shuttle employees to the main office on a supertechnotrain, you're doing it wrong.
  27. Paul Ford on free but kind of crappy hotels
  28. I might trust the algorithm if I thought it were any good.
  29. Iowa
  30. On Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
  31. Audiobooks, podcasts, and the challenges of building stuff oneself
  32. There is no such thing as a structureless organization.
  33. God-damned Internet of Things
  34. Switching to Reeder for RSS
  35. Stringing small tools together wins again.
  36. Spoilers
  37. "Egalitarian" organizations and internalized control
  38. Richard Kaufman on *The Thing*
  39. Benjamin Brooks on working from home
  40. Laurie Ruettimann on open floor plan offices
  41. I really hope Bimodal IT is intended as descriptive, not prescriptive.
  42. There is a reason that stuff happens.
  43. The grand evasion of gun control
  44. Zach Holman on remote-first vs. remote-friendly
  45. Feeling kinda meh about the X-Files trailer
  46. Is the pope Catholic?
  47. Right-wing kook likes right-wing kook
  48. Sure, Google—blame the humans.
  49. Yep, we're fine on the schedule, except that everyone hates the schedule.
  50. If it walks like a Trump and quacks like a Trump…
  51. It's not just politics. The tech community's objectivity is a myth.
  52. Larry Lessig's plan is ridiculous.
  53. Nuts-McCubbins 2016!
  54. Those impolite protesters
  55. "The Other Sixties"
  56. Why I (mostly) stopped using Linux
  57. Trump trump trumpity trump
  58. Education and the health of democracy
  59. Yeah, still not feeling the Bern.
  60. Trump's "campaign" is the perfect illustration of the GOP circus and its media enablers.
  61. So, Conway, Jevons, and Sturgeon walk into a planning meeting…
  62. LastPass (and basically any other password manager) is still more secure than your homegrown password scheme.
  63. Maybe throwing out the Agile bath water is a good idea, regardless of what's in the tub.
  64. The insistence that children be forced to learn harsh lessons early is bizarre.
  65. The diminishing returns of the GOP welfare circuit
  66. "This OS is buggy because my upgrade failed!"
  67. Single-issue voting, or "Rand Paul is still a nutcase."
  68. Decentralizing GitHub
  69. The doofus dad stereotype is bullshit and needs to be tossed in the bin.
  70. Funny definition of government oppression you've got there…
  71. A great post about continuous delivery of infrastructure services
  72. Uber is terrible, Part… oh, I've lost track now.
  73. But this method doesn't work with a tomato.
  74. My prediction for tonight's *Mad Men* series finale…
  75. Who will explain the explainers?
  76. Cormac McCarthy's *The Road* and manipulative storytelling
  77. The uselessness and vacuity of David Brooks
  78. I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.
  79. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  80. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  81. What's good for me must be good for you.
  82. The police state and its enablers
  83. A new Craw Kickstarter
  84. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  85. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  86. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  87. People are not resources.
  88. Chewie, we're home.
  89. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  90. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  91. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  92. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  93. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  94. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  95. Happy birthday, Merle!
  96. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  97. Bigots gonna bigot
  98. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  99. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  100. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  101. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  102. TV - *Bloodline*
  103. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  104. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  105. Why I like minimalist art.
  106. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  107. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  108. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  109. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  110. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  111. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  112. A new Aliens movie?
  113. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  114. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  115. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  116. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  117. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  118. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  119. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  120. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  121. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  122. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  123. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  124. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  125. Rand Paul is a kook.
  126. Due is a nice reminders app.
  127. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  128. Dan Burton, still a moron
  129. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  130. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  131. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  132. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  133. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  134. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  135. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  136. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  137. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  138. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  139. No, blogging is not dead.
  140. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  141. Scott Walker is terrible.
  142. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  143. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  144. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  145. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  146. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  147. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  148. Phrases that should be banned
  149. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  150. A novel twist in gameplay
  151. An entrepreneur in every pot
  152. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  153. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  154. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  155. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  156. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  157. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  158. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  159. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  160. So long, 2014.
  161. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  162. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  163. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  164. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  165. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  166. Flash photography
  167. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  168. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  169. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  170. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  171. Uber needs poor people.
  172. The problem with Radiolab
  173. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  174. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  175. The Star Wars teaser
  176. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  177. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  178. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  179. It's morning in America.
  180. My *Serial* think-piece
  181. Cod vacations
  182. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  183. Railing
  184. Found a sunny spot
  185. 1970s Legos
  186. DANZIG!
  187. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  188. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  189. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  190. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  191. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  192. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  193. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  194. A very helpful related search
  195. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  196. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  197. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  198. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  199. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  200. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  201. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  202. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  203. Dilbert is not funny.
  204. Pink Floyd
  205. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  206. Mobile friendly
  207. Dave Winer's Radio3
  208. Resistance to change
  209. That pope
  210. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  211. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  212. Your data-mining sucks.
  213. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  214. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  215. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  216. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  217. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  218. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  219. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  220. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  221. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  222. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  223. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  224. Massachusetts Republicans
  225. Birthright #1
  226. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  227. Kids these days
  228. *Aliens* documentary
  229. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  230. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  231. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  232. Jack Bruce
  233. You seem to have missed something.
  234. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  235. Meg & Mog
  236. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  237. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  238. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  239. Technological change vs. cultural change
  240. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  241. Sleater-Kinney
  242. BE AFRAID!
  243. Medium's on it, bro!
  244. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  245. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  246. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  247. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  248. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  249. A useful roadmap
  250. Not much longer now…
  251. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  252. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  253. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  254. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  255. Deliberately missing the point
  256. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  257. Freshman year of college is calling.
  258. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  259. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  260. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  261. What's the worst that could happen?
  262. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  263. Both sides do it.
  264. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  265. With friends like these…
  266. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  267. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  268. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  269. Hell #9438
  270. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  271. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  272. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  273. War forever
  274. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  275. IT'S NOT A TOOMAH!
  276. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  277. Disconnecting pay from performance
  278. Hosting my own stuff
  279. All Ebola, all the time
  280. The kids these days
  281. Laboratories of democracy!
  282. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  283. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  284. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  285. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  286. The new phone is here.
  287. Crap Architecture
  288. iPhone Parking Lot
  289. Starting Proust
  290. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  291. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  292. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  293. The Apple tech press is weird.
  294. VHS v. Betamax
  295. The answer is always "n + 1".
  296. Conservative intellectuals
  297. Zappos is creepy.
  298. Your phone is not the problem.
  299. Deconstruction
  300. Inspirational
  301. Process improvement
  302. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  303. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  304. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  305. Complicated things are complicated.
  306. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  307. That technology thing you like
  308. Priorities, people
  309. WAR!
  310. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  311. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  312. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  313. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  314. 42
  315. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  316. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  317. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  318. Trying out Beats Music
  319. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  320. The synthetic unity of experience
  321. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  322. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  323. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  324. State of the Union predictions
  325. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  326. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  327. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  328. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  329. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  330. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  331. Thinking before you write
  332. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  333. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  334. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  335. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  336. Hate the show, not the venue.
  337. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  338. FUD As a Service
  339. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  340. Crippling injuries build character.
  341. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  342. Saving bookstores
  343. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  344. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  345. Internet activism
  346. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  347. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  348. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  349. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  350. Your tax dollars at work
  351. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  352. Holacracy
  353. Yes, people really do still blog.
  354. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  355. Duck Dynasty
  356. No one cares about your private cloud.
  357. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  358. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  359. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  360. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  361. Money is speech
  362. Clearly
  363. Parking
  364. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  365. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  366. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  367. Unhelpful advice
  368. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  369. People don't scale
  370. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  371. Movies that scared me
  372. Epistemology
  373. Bespoke
  374. Califone, *Stitches*
  375. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  376. We want INFORMATION!
  377. Passive-aggressive politeness
  378. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  379. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  380. Google cars
  381. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  382. Really, DC? REALLY?
  383. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  384. Suspension of disbelief
  385. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  386. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  387. Personal experience v. policy
  388. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  389. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  390. The Washington Post and AWS
  391. St. Patrick’s Day
  392. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  393. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  394. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  395. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  396. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  397. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  398. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  399. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  400. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  401. Meetings
  402. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  403. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  404. Time-tracking
  405. Prophecy
  406. More guns
  407. Guns
  408. Bold Leadership
  409. Hanlon's Razor
  410. That legacy stuff
  411. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  412. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  413. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  414. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  415. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  416. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  417. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  418. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  419. That Kant was a smart guy.
  420. Petraeus
  421. The World War Z trailer
  422. You should have bicycles
  423. The technorati fallacy
  424. One of my favorite types of requests
  425. The Lucasfilm thing
  426. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  427. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  428. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  429. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  430. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  431. Undecided voters
  432. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  433. Found a new philosophy podcast
  434. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  435. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  436. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  437. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  438. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  439. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  440. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  441. Safety nets
  442. So, the Romney thing
  443. Your data-mining sucks
  444. Started watching Homeland
  445. The Clint Eastwood thing
  446. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  447. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  448. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  449. The Lance Armstrong thing
  450. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  451. A lot of Can
  452. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  453. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  454. Writing apps
  455. Distorted markets
  456. App.net, or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  457. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  458. A bit more on the HBO thing
  459. OS upgrades
  460. Or I could just go listen to the album
  461. Monster Movie Week!
  462. As goes Sparrow...
  463. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  464. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  465. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  466. Nope, advertising just sucks
  467. Reading
  468. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  469. Who needs it!
  470. Advantage, Mutt
  471. Do you want the answer, or not?
  472. ACA coverage and systems failure
  473. To-do lists
  474. So long, Weather Underground
  475. Checked baggage
  476. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  477. From the $2 bins at the record store
  478. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  479. The HBO thing
  480. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  481. Not exactly random, but good listening
  482. The Dark Knight... meh
  483. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  484. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  485. Memorial Day
  486. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  487. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  488. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  489. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  490. Experimenting with Pelican
  491. Readlists
  492. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  493. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  494. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  495. War Hazard Eliminated!
  496. Unintended Consequences
  497. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  498. You’re playing their game
  499. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  500. Breitbart
  501. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  502. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  503. A bit more on The Shining
  504. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  505. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  506. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  507. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  508. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  509. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  510. Ip Man
  511. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  512. Bogeyman
  513. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  514. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  515. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  516. BASIC
  517. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  518. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  519. My power is beyond your understanding!
  520. Out-stupiding the TSA
  521. I see what you did there
  522. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  523. That "15 albums" thing
  524. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  525. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  526. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  527. That's an interesting definition you have there
  528. James Cameron v. the philistines
  529. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  530. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  531. Whither censure?
  532. Stealing TV, Part II
  533. OCTOBER?!
  534. Chasing boogeymen
  535. Nice vetting job, folks
  536. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  537. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  538. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  539. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  540. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  541. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  542. Supporting the freedom-haters
  543. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  544. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  545. Music update - February 2006
  546. The Corporation
  547. Watching TV without having TV
  548. Google strikes again (2006)
  549. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  550. Touchy subject
  551. Take my ports. Please.
  552. NUTS!
  553. One year older than I was at this time last year
  554. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  555. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  556. Lewis Black
  557. Uhhhhhhh...
  558. The Yes Men
  559. And again, my apologies
  560. I did it for you, Damien
  561. DRUNKEN CHENEY KILLS AGAIN!!!
  562. The site may be slow today
  563. Electronic mediocrity
  564. Maybe they are better off...
  565. Angry Dick strikes again
  566. Capote
  567. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  568. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  569. Wherein Pete despairs
  570. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  571. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  572. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  573. Hide your puppies
  574. I like VoIP
  575. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  576. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  577. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  578. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  579. The hearings are on.
  580. Apples and oranges
  581. And in somewhat less serious news...
  582. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  583. War in name only
  584. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  585. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  586. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  587. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  588. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  589. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  590. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
  591. Flirting with the dark side
  592. Countdown to a big waste of time
  593. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  594. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  595. Weekend music update
  596. The New York Times finally throws down
  597. Today’s project
  598. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  599. The broken record continues to spin
  600. Long time, no music
  601. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  602. At least someone is putting up a fight
  603. More legal contortions
  604. More on Iran
  605. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  606. Only 20 more hours to go
  607. Original intent
  608. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  609. You say Alito, I say whatever
  610. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  611. I don’t want to live with the bears
  612. Quick TV update
  613. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  614. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  615. Reading too much into The West Wing
  616. A question, sir...
  617. Blogging about blogging
  618. A few changes
  619. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  620. Year-end music round-up
  621. Again with the wire-tapping
  622. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  623. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  624. I’m genuinely shocked
  625. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  626. Angry Dick
  627. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  628. Sorry for the delay
  629. The time grows near
  630. Site news - October 2005
  631. Quote of the Day
  632. Serenity
  633. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  634. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  635. Forensic Show #23
  636. It’s TV time again
  637. Nothing to see here
  638. Going from bad to worse to...
  639. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  640. Google Talk
  641. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  642. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  643. Voting != Democracy
  644. He’s not lying
  645. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  646. The perfect album?
  647. Movies, movies, movies
  648. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  649. A bit of background
  650. Leaving, on a jet plane
  651. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  652. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  653. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  654. Again with this story
  655. Music update - July 2005
  656. PLAME NAME BLAME GAME!
  657. Whither Rove?
  658. How quaint.
  659. Intellects vast and cool...
  660. and... They’re off!
  661. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  662. I’m back
  663. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  664. Thank you, FARK
  665. ZOMBIES!
  666. On second thought...
  667. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  668. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  669. So it actually didn’t suck
  670. More on the filibuster debate
  671. YES!!
  672. Going nuclear/constitutional
  673. Worth a listen?
  674. Music update - May 2005)
  675. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  676. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  677. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  678. More on taxes
  679. Happy April 15th
  680. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  681. Long live the Death Tax
  682. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  683. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  684. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  685. METAL!!!
  686. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  687. This is the coolest thing EVER
  688. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  689. April Fools Day
  690. Groundhog Day, Part II
  691. The devil movies always get me.
  692. IM Annoyances
  693. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  694. What the hell?
  695. I suggest we start a pool...
  696. Drill, drill, drill!
  697. This is getting out of hand.
  698. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  699. the gates... THE GATES!!
  700. More “indecency”
  701. And again...
  702. Where have I heard this before?
  703. Anybody want gmail?
  704. Dirty, dirty titties
  705. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  706. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  707. One man’s Conservative...
  708. Google strikes again! (2005)
  709. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  710. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  711. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  712. Argh, I say.
  713. A rose is a rose.
  714. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  715. Sorry...
  716. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  717. Amusement
  718. The bottom-end of 2004
  719. How Bush Won
  720. New Music
  721. Foolishness
  722. Good news, I think...
  723. The first of many, I’m sure...
  724. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  725. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  726. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  727. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  728. Site news - November 2004
  729. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  730. More good web radio
  731. Another post-election site
  732. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  733. Sorry, everybody
  734. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  735. Apologies
  736. Nonsense
  737. Some new music
  738. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  739. The music is back online
  740. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  741. Odds and Ends
  742. SCIENCE!
  743. Making a bad situation worse
  744. Derrida, Part II
  745. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  746. The Faith-Based Presidency
  747. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  748. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  749. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.