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On why I hate my phone

On why I hate my phone

I'm thinking of upgrading from my Android. To Jitterbug. In general I hate phone user interfaces. They're always pretty awful. What whoever programs these things doesn't seem to understand is that every alert - especially audio alerts - is ...

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How is Pandora so Bad at Business?

There’ve been a few articles posted in recent weeks* about Pandora’s music licensing fees. Most notably, a Pitchfork article wherein a band complains that they don’t make ...

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Grand Unified Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

Right now, I live in the South, right smack-dab in the middle of the Bible Belt. This means that the concentration of Christians is very high. Further, this means that the concentration of people with Officially-endorsed Conservative Values (tm) when ...

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I Declare War On War!

I think it’s time to complain about wars. Here are the wars that we should give up on.

1. The war on drugs. It clearly isn’t working. People are still doing drugs. Perhaps we should try treating people who have addiction problems instead of ...

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Bike Safety 101

So you’re driving along in your car when suddenly you see a cyclist on the road. Oh no! It’s a non-standard vehicle! How do you handle this situation to make sure that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of flattening some jerk on a bike or ...

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Semi-annual griping about other musicians' hair post! (new download)

Last November, as you may recall, I wrote a blog post complaining about a certain Canadian musician who may have stolen my haircut.

Well, it's that time ...

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Rant: EULAs (nerding with the nerds in the nerdery!)

You know what annoys me? End User License Agreements (EULAs sometimes also called Terms of Service). They’re these giant legal documents that corporate lawyers draw up as the agreement between them (the software creator) and you (the customer). ...
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Dear Iowa, Please don't kill me! Love, Steve

Let me preface this by saying that some consider me a bad driver, and, to be fair, I did get my license in San Antonio, where half of the population doesn't speak English well enough ...

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Adventures with the city utilities department!

I live in what I like to refer to as the "ghetto" of Dubuque. It's a lower-income part of town, and it also happens to be where most of the African American population in the city lives. This probably means that calling it "the ghetto" is a little ...

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