I Am a Filthy Liar

April 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm (Education, Environment, Family, Uncategorized)

So, just days after my musings about a post-apocalyptic future and my own current and future inability to survive in those conditions, on account of a lack of time to invest in such skills, I find myself compelled to eat at least a little bit of crow. Luckily, it is still fairly warm, which makes it less offensive than it might otherwise be. :o) Behold: Read the rest of this entry »

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I Have a Small Brain…

April 28, 2008 at 11:38 am (Economics, History, Writing)

…so I love it when really smart people come up with really simple explanations for apparently very complex problems. Case in point: NPR on the current credit crisis, specifically why people just don’t seem to save money. I strongly suggest you listen to the article, rather than just read the synopsis, since it is, in fact, only a synopsis, and (as that name might suggest) leaves out some of the most interesting and compelling details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Survival of the Poorest

April 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm (Comics, Economics, Education, Environment, History, Horror, Wine)

I was thinking today about what would happen to our society if we ran out of oil, and therefore could not afford to transport food between cities, states and nations the way that we currently do, and it occurred to me that the wealthiest people in the world, those inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere who have embraced the economic promise of cities and the specialization of labor, will be the group most affected, and hardest hit, by said (still hopefully hypothetical) collapse. After all, the bulk of the world’s population is much closer to the land than your average Angelino, and is either capable of, or knows people who are capable of, large-scale agriculture, animal husbandry, and other activities associated with pre-industrial human life. It’s only us city-slickers, who are used to our frozen pizzas and two-dollar lattes, who will find ourselves suddenly without food when the crash comes. Although that’s kind of terrifying, since I am one of those city-slickers, it’s also kind of heartening, since it means that, whatever happens to the population of North America, humanity will almost certainly survive and prosper somewhere else, whether it be Africa, Asia, Australia or elsewhere.
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Gut-Buster 2008

April 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m sure you’ve heard of “sympathy weight.” That’s the weight that a husband gains during his wife’s pregnancy through some occult process, ostensibly in sympathy with her own accumulation of pounds. But what do you call it if you already had a little extra weight on before your wife became pregnant? Apparently, you call it “fat.”
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Guilt-Free (or, at least, reduced)

April 5, 2008 at 8:49 pm (Economics, Environment, Family)

With the baby on the way, Heather and I are talking about getting a second car. I’ve resisted getting a second car for years, for a number of reasons, foremost being that I just don’t want to deal with the darn thing. I hate having to worry about maintenance, cleanliness, parking (especially in our neighborhood). On top of that, there’s the cost: Both the cost of the car and the high (and ever rising) cost of gas. As most of you know, I’m rather frugal (okay, I’m a cheap bastard), so dropping thousands on a car is not something I view with glee. Finally, there are the environmental benefits of not owning another car. I walk to the bus stop five days a week, and I like doing it. I like not contributing to global warming, and I like the exercise. It means I can’t stay late at school or party with my friends often, but I spin that as an additional savings, in both time and money. I’ve built a whole life around not owning a car, and I’m comfortable in it.
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