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Culture Politics Post Serious

Hunters and their guns

So, my wife and I had a lit­tle con­ver­sa­tion today about hunters and their guns in light of my pre­vi­ous post. We eat meat, and that meat has to be killed; hunters kill ani­mals, and some of them eat that meat… she won­dered if there was a prob­lem with my argu­ment in that con­text. I […]

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Culture Me and my life Post Serious

Scouting Dilemma

On the one hand, the Boy Scouts of Amer­i­ca are (offi­cial­ly) a dis­crim­i­na­to­ry orga­ni­za­tion of whom I real­ly do not approve. On the oth­er hand, my boys are in Boy Scouts (Cub Scouts, tech­ni­cal­ly). They enjoy the peer social activ­i­ties, and I enjoy the oppor­tu­ni­ties they would not have if they were not in an […]

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Hell yeah Politics Post Serious

My thoughts on the election

So, the elec­tion is over. And I am pret­ty pleased with the results. I don’t have any­thing real­ly grandiose to say about it, no procla­ma­tions or pre­dic­tions, but through­out the night (I was up until 1 am local) and this morn­ing I have had some ran­dom thoughts. There may be pro­fan­i­ty below. There will def­i­nite­ly […]

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Politics Post Serious

I voted. Also, donuts.

Last night we got togeth­er with some like-mind­ed neigh­bors to kvetch about the elec­tion. It was tons of fun, and we are eter­nal­ly grate­ful to the host for track­ing us down (she showed up at our door with an invi­ta­tion, based on our yard signs). Then this morn­ing we got up before the crack of […]

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Post Serious Technology

In Defense of Apple’s Maps

We got iPhones 5 a few weeks ago now, and I have been very pleased with it. The extra screen space is nice (the key­board does­n’t cov­er every­thing up now!) and the speed is espe­cial­ly wel­come. But my favorite fea­ture, by far, is the new Maps app. We’ve been liv­ing in Kansas City (KS) for […]

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Culture Politics Post Serious

The Legacy of Nine Eleven?

Dri­ving to work today, I drove by a home in our neigh­bor­hood where they had mount­ed a huge Amer­i­can flag on a flag­pole attached to a tree. I thought of all the peo­ple who had their lives tak­en from them on 9/11/2001, and all the peo­ple who had some­one ripped from their hearts on that […]

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Me and my life Post Serious

My health is good, how’s yours?

I remem­ber hear­ing this sto­ry on NPR back at the start of the year. Basi­cal­ly what it says is that if you get to mid­dle age as a non-smok­er, with good cho­les­terol, glu­cose, and blood pres­sure, your chance of dying of a heart attack is super-low. But if you have two or more of these […]

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Serious Technology

Password strategery is confirmed!

So, you all prob­a­bly remem­ber my rant­i­ng about pass­words here pre­vi­ous­ly. Today i ran­dom­ly came across Jason Kot­tke’s page of stu­pid pass­word require­ments, and he linked to an arti­cle by Thomas Baek­dal on good pass­words that says exact­ly what I said, only bet­ter and with more research. He also post­ed a FAQ lat­er that answers […]

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Culture Politics Serious

This is not the religious freedom you are looking for

Atten­tion, reli­gious con­ser­v­a­tives decry­ing the gov­ern­men­t’s crack­down on your reli­gious free­dom: you’ve got it all wrong. See, you think reli­gious free­dom means you have the right to prac­tice your reli­gion wher­ev­er, and when­ev­er, you like. Not true. Reli­gious free­dom actu­al­ly means “free­dom from reli­gion.” Let me explain. Clear­ly, you are free to prac­tice what­ev­er reli­gion […]