Alas, No : Most anti-immigration arguments make no sense to me.

If you've got:

  1. An aging population
  2. Big entitlement and social welfare programs that depend on a broad and self-sustaining tax base
  3. A lot of people who want to emigrate to your country to find paying work and make a better life for themselves

…then it seems to me like the sensible solution is to welcome those people and make it as easy as possible for them to become taxpayers.

When you start coming up with convoluted rationales for why that is not sensible, I tend to start wondering what it is that you are actually afraid of.

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