Google, please stop being evil

Lately I’ve been finding myself getting increasingly upset with Google’s tendency to be evil. This is made more unsettling by the tendency of John Q Internetuser to view them as being generally above reproach.

For the most part, ...

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Our state fair is a great state fair...

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, one of the high points of the year was always the county fair. Everyone would get together and play games and have contests and what not. My mom, being a culinarily-minded woman would enter some kind of cooking contest ...

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What's next for words?

The written word is a pretty impressive piece of technology. Have you ever really thought about it? Our ability to transfer ideas across time and distance using written language is incredibly useful!

What’s really interesting about written ...

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More like "unfair"-itocracy

SCIENCE! has, unfortunately, demonstrated that the premise of meritocracy tends to not work very well. People in power tend to be not very good at ...

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Other Bands We Enjoy: Blue Matches (also, nepotism)

Jul 20 , 2012 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | Other bands we enjoy | 0 Comments

I didn't have time to write this week's blog post last night because I was busy playing a show with my other band Blue Matches. I'm the bassist (it's downright weird only playing one ...

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Making an A** Out of U and Me

I got into an argument about religion this week (a terrible habit, I know). As usually happens with these conversations, I find myself considering our philosophical assumptions. I like to think that any reasonable person, given the same set of axioms ...

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Ethnocentrism is Weird

Obligatory post-4th-of-July jingoism post!

Ok. Maybe not recall, but I am talking about ethnocentrism today. Specifically, I’m talking about ethnocentrism in music.

A lot of the music that I listen to caters to an American audience. ...

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Obviously, I’m not making huge piles of money at this “music” thing. (What with the bit where almost no one is.) This means that I have to have a day job. As it stands, my day job is programming computers. In fact, that what I went for college ...

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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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Maybe Walker was Right (but for the wrong reasons)

Last week there was a recall election in Wisconsin. A lot of my friends from the area have been fighting to get to get Governor Walker recalled for the past year or so. One of the tipping points that made a lot of people really dislike him was that he ...

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