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Dabblers And Blowhards
04.04.2005
I actually worry a lot that as I get "popular" I'll be able to get away with saying stupider stuff than I would have dared say before. This sort of thing happens to a lot of people, and I would *really* like to avoid it - Paul Graham, posting on lemonodor.com About …


Dating Without Kundera
11.16.2005
One of the terrors of dating is Milan Kundera, and specifically, The Unbearable Lightness of Being , the sexually-transmitted book that this Czech-born author has inflicted on a generation of American youth. I fully recognize the important role of the dating book, that is, the carefully selected work you lend a prospective lover someti…


100 Years of Turbulence
12.17.2003
A century ago today, the Wright brothers took turns steering one of the first powered heavier-than-air aircraft on a series of controlled flights, the longest of which lasted fifty-seven seconds. I say "one of the first" because there is a bit of controversy ab…


An Annotated Letter From Roman Polanski
05.04.2010
Roman Polanski, who is in Switzerland awaiting extradition to the US for the 1977 rape of a thirteen year old girl * , has just released a fascinating open letter, which I have reprinted here with my comments. Polanski's letter reads: Throughout my seven months since September 26, 2009, the date of my arrest at Zurich Airport, where I had landed with…


Shell Game
03.24.2009
Кто кого? — В. И. Ленин There are two ways you can look at the current banking crisis. The first is that we are in the middle of a panic, and that this panic has frozen the markets for various complex assets. As a result, the few of these assets that do sell get sold for far less than their actual value. …


An Audioblogging Manifesto
08.31.2004
I demand four minutes and twenty seconds of your life [ mp3 ]. …


Scott And Scurvy
07.03.2010
Recently I have been re-reading one of my favorite books, The Worst Journey in the World Despite Or Perhaps Because Of
04.14.2003
Despite - or perhaps because of - the fact that I learned English as a second language, I get irrationally worked up sometimes about questions of usage. Some cliché string of words will rear its ugly head once too often, catch my attention, and then I just see it everywhere. This begs the question: is it better to try and stamp out these abominations, or just learn to live with them? …


A Rocket To Nowhere
08.03.2005
The Space Shuttle Discovery is up in orbit, safely docked to the International Space Station, and for the next five days, astronauts will be busy figuring out whether it's safe for them to come home. In the meantime, the rest of the Shuttle fleet is grounded (confined to …


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Dabblers and Blowhards
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Attacked By Thugs
Warsaw police hijinks

Dating Without Kundera
Alternatives to the Slavic Dave Matthews

A Morning in Iceland
The best layover in the world

A Rocket To Nowhere
Space Shuttle rant

Best Practices For Time Travelers
The story of John Titor

French Week 3/03 (Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6)

100 Years Of Turbulence
Wright Brothers exposed

NYC Marathon 2003
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Poland Joins The EU
Report from Warsaw


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