Alas, No : The job is so much more enjoyable when there aren't any rules you have to follow.

An article in the New York Times, [talking about Trump's roundups of undocumented immigrants:

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Tuesday that the president wanted to “take the shackles off” of agents, an expression the officers themselves used time and again in interviews to describe their newfound freedom.

“Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders,” the unions representing ICE and Border Patrol agents said in a joint statement after President Trump issued the executive orders on immigration late last month.

Well thank goodness agency morale is up! I am certainly glad we have our priorities in order.

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  1. Most anti-immigration arguments make no sense to me.
  2. Two true statements about Trump and the press
  3. Removing street lanes to reduce congestion
  4. I just called the Governor’s office about his position on making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  5. Stop calling it "the winter White House."
  6. This sentence is a lie.
  7. Charles Pierce on the DeVos confirmation
  8. "You'll like it better with me."
  9. Josh Marshall is right.
  10. Trump attacks the judiciary
  11. Trump is a lot of things, but claiming that he is mentally ill is silly.
  12. What Trump's authoritianism will look like
  13. Link: Liberals on the edge of a nervous breakdown
  14. Ohio! Call Rob Portman about DeVos!
  15. A question for Facebook and Twitter
  16. Let's not make our job even more difficult than it already is.
  17. Link: Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump?
  18. Link: Throw sand in the gears of everything.
  19. I just called Warren and Markey's offices about delaying the Sessions and Tillerson votes.
  20. What's the record for the shortest time to a Constitutional crisis?
  21. What does the Secretary of Defense think of Trump's Muslim ban?
  22. A proposal regarding the executive orders
  23. If you're okay with this, I'm not sure I have much to say to you.
  24. I just called Gov. Charlie Baker's office about declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  25. Trump's voter fraud lies don't even make internal sense.
  26. Link: Trump is a dangerous, delusional lunatic.
  27. Millionaires are terrible people.
  28. I called Sen. Warren's office about her decision to support Ben Carson for HUD.
  29. Calling senators to oppose Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions
  30. Who do I know in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, or Washington?
  31. Calling senators about Betsy DeVos
  32. PopMatters' list of the 50 best post-punk albums
  33. Link: How to culture jam a populist
  34. Thank you, everybody.
  35. Women's March on Washington, Sister Rally - Greenfield, MA
  36. People getting punched is generally bad, but I'm not going to lose much sleep over this one.
  37. And with that done…
  38. The inauguration
  39. "Deals"
  40. Music: William Basinski's *The Disintegration Loops*
  41. Thanks to National Geographic, I now know that Goldfish have been VANILLA GRAHAM FLAVOR BLASTED!!!
  42. Advice from the EFF on talking to your Congressional representatives
  43. Today in business newspeak: "Delightful"
  44. There are words to describe what Trump is doing. We just have to start using them.
  45. Trump’s denial-of-service attack on democracy and government
  46. Call your Senators, tell them you don't support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
  47. The main argument I've seen for Trump not being a fascist is people's reluctance to use the word "fascist."
  48. Republicans have no interest in actually governing.
  49. Discussing health insurance with the British
  50. A Nemosine Singularity with a medium nib
  51. Resisting Trump and the Republicans is just work.
  52. If the Republicans say they are going to repeal Obamacare, we should take them at their word.
  53. Book review: Emma Cline's *The Girls*
  54. Last night, I wrote a letter for the first time in ages.
  55. Christmas, 2016
  56. It's not fake news, it's propaganda.
  57. Telling people they have been conned doesn't generally work.
  58. What Trump says on Twitter is not the only problem, but it’s still a problem.
  59. Betsy DeVos is awful.
  60. Trump decides to grace the *New York Times* an interview.
  61. Things that have happened since yesterday
  62. The Sessions nomination and the Senate
  63. All of Trump's cabinet picks should be blocked.
  64. The protests need to continue, but I fear it will not end well.
  65. Rooting for Trump to fail
  66. It’s not much, but it’s something.
  67. Priebus as chief of staff is not a good thing.
  68. Link dump for the week ending 2016-11-13
  69. How long do we wait?
  70. White People Problems are not the only problems.
  71. It’s not just about economics.
  72. Some true statements
  73. Understanding something doesn’t mean you agree with it.
  74. It's not all going to be okay.
  75. That feeling you're feeling
  76. Trump won for a lot of reasons. Racism is one of them, and it’s a big one.
  77. Things for which I have no time or patience right now
  78. So.
  79. The Republicans aren’t going to learn any lessons from this election.
  80. Something to keep in mind while watching the results this evening
  81. Jay Rosen on Trump and the right-wing assault on facts
  82. Just thinkin' about tomorrow.
  83. Because upgrading is never simple.
  84. A bit more on Jonathan Safran Foer's *Here I Am*
  85. A touchscreen laptop would be a usability nightmare.
  86. Locker room talk
  87. What Republicans can live with
  88. "Yeah, but he's *our* loser!"
  89. The thing about Mike Pence
  90. Fact-checking Donald Trump
  91. The first debate
  92. Don't get your hopes up that Trump will pay a price for his continued birtherism.
  93. Most parenting advice is terrible.
  94. Not everyone gets sick days.
  95. Hillary Clinton's secret policy trove
  96. "A six-foot-tall painting of himself"
  97. Justin Trudeau, "a living TED Talk"
  98. Missing the entire point of *ST:TNG*
  99. "Looking presidential"
  100. Tim Murphy's *Christodora* is the best novel I have read so far this year.
  101. The party of Lincoln
  102. Getting rid of comment sections
  103. "The transformative potential of deliberative democracy"
  104. Clinton calling out the entire GOP might have been more satisfying, but probably less effective.
  105. Cal Newport on Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy
  106. A few things have happened since the Civil War and Robert Byrd.
  107. Sports and patriotism displays are sort of creepy.
  108. Keeping books on shelves
  109. Good times at Fukushima
  110. Of *course* Trump isn't going to bother with building anything.
  111. Uber opens the company store
  112. Blogging didn't die. It was killed.
  113. Call me crazy, but I think Clinton probably knows what she's doing.
  114. Atrios on Uber
  115. Trophies for participating
  116. Adventures in disaster recovery
  117. "If we look at Column AK on Tab 3 of this list of open tickets…"
  118. Clay Shirky on protest voting
  119. Blair Witch
  120. We are broadcasting from the year 2016…
  121. Your third party won't save you.
  122. Nathan Robinson on voting for the lesser of two evils
  123. And this is the book that made Trump famous.
  124. Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas
  125. Michael Arnovitz on Hillary Clinton
  126. Not every problem is a software problem.
  127. The second most terrifying thing about this election
  128. Profiles In Courage, featuring Speaker Of the House Paul Ryan
  129. Describes most of my Facebook these days…
  130. A reminder that writers and readers of tech blogs are not ordinary people
  131. Martin Longman on voting v. organizing
  132. Josh Marshall on New York's closed primary system
  133. Rutger Bregman on universal basic income
  134. Jurgen Appelo on why information radiators don't work
  135. Ulysses app is kind of nice
  136. Democrats
  137. If your solution is to shuttle employees to the main office on a supertechnotrain, you're doing it wrong.
  138. Paul Ford on free but kind of crappy hotels
  139. I might trust the algorithm if I thought it were any good.
  140. Iowa
  141. On Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
  142. Audiobooks, podcasts, and the challenges of building stuff oneself
  143. There is no such thing as a structureless organization.
  144. God-damned Internet of Things
  145. Switching to Reeder for RSS
  146. Stringing small tools together wins again.
  147. Spoilers
  148. "Egalitarian" organizations and internalized control
  149. Richard Kaufman on *The Thing*
  150. Benjamin Brooks on working from home
  151. Laurie Ruettimann on open floor plan offices
  152. I really hope Bimodal IT is intended as descriptive, not prescriptive.
  153. There is a reason that stuff happens.
  154. The grand evasion of gun control
  155. Zach Holman on remote-first vs. remote-friendly
  156. Feeling kinda meh about the X-Files trailer
  157. Is the pope Catholic?
  158. Right-wing kook likes right-wing kook
  159. Sure, Google—blame the humans.
  160. Yep, we're fine on the schedule, except that everyone hates the schedule.
  161. If it walks like a Trump and quacks like a Trump…
  162. It's not just politics. The tech community's objectivity is a myth.
  163. Larry Lessig's plan is ridiculous.
  164. Nuts-McCubbins 2016!
  165. Those impolite protesters
  166. "The Other Sixties"
  167. Why I (mostly) stopped using Linux
  168. Trump trump trumpity trump
  169. Education and the health of democracy
  170. Yeah, still not feeling the Bern.
  171. Trump's "campaign" is the perfect illustration of the GOP circus and its media enablers.
  172. So, Conway, Jevons, and Sturgeon walk into a planning meeting…
  173. LastPass (and basically any other password manager) is still more secure than your homegrown password scheme.
  174. Maybe throwing out the Agile bath water is a good idea, regardless of what's in the tub.
  175. The insistence that children be forced to learn harsh lessons early is bizarre.
  176. The diminishing returns of the GOP welfare circuit
  177. "This OS is buggy because my upgrade failed!"
  178. Single-issue voting, or "Rand Paul is still a nutcase."
  179. Decentralizing GitHub
  180. The doofus dad stereotype is bullshit and needs to be tossed in the bin.
  181. Funny definition of government oppression you've got there…
  182. A great post about continuous delivery of infrastructure services
  183. Uber is terrible, Part… oh, I've lost track now.
  184. But this method doesn't work with a tomato.
  185. My prediction for tonight's *Mad Men* series finale…
  186. Who will explain the explainers?
  187. Cormac McCarthy's *The Road* and manipulative storytelling
  188. The uselessness and vacuity of David Brooks
  189. I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.
  190. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  191. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  192. What's good for me must be good for you.
  193. The police state and its enablers
  194. A new Craw Kickstarter
  195. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  196. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  197. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  198. People are not resources.
  199. Chewie, we're home.
  200. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  201. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  202. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  203. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  204. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  205. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  206. Happy birthday, Merle!
  207. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  208. Bigots gonna bigot
  209. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  210. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  211. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  212. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  213. TV - *Bloodline*
  214. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  215. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  216. Why I like minimalist art.
  217. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  218. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  219. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  220. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  221. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  222. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  223. A new Aliens movie?
  224. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  225. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  226. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  227. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  228. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  229. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  230. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  231. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  232. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  233. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  234. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  235. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  236. Rand Paul is a kook.
  237. Due is a nice reminders app.
  238. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  239. Dan Burton, still a moron
  240. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  241. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  242. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  243. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  244. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  245. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  246. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  247. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  248. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  249. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  250. No, blogging is not dead.
  251. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  252. Scott Walker is terrible.
  253. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  254. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  255. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  256. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  257. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  258. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  259. Phrases that should be banned
  260. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  261. A novel twist in gameplay
  262. An entrepreneur in every pot
  263. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  264. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  265. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  266. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  267. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  268. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  269. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  270. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  271. So long, 2014.
  272. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  273. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  274. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  275. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  276. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  277. Flash photography
  278. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  279. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  280. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  281. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  282. Uber needs poor people.
  283. The problem with Radiolab
  284. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  285. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  286. The Star Wars teaser
  287. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  288. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  289. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  290. It's morning in America.
  291. My *Serial* think-piece
  292. Cod vacations
  293. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  294. Railing
  295. Found a sunny spot
  296. 1970s Legos
  297. DANZIG!
  298. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  299. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  300. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  301. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  302. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  303. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  304. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  305. A very helpful related search
  306. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  307. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  308. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  309. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  310. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  311. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  312. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  313. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  314. Dilbert is not funny.
  315. Pink Floyd
  316. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  317. Mobile friendly
  318. Dave Winer's Radio3
  319. Resistance to change
  320. That pope
  321. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  322. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  323. Your data-mining sucks (2014).
  324. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  325. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  326. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  327. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  328. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  329. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  330. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  331. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  332. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  333. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  334. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  335. Massachusetts Republicans
  336. Birthright #1
  337. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  338. Kids these days
  339. *Aliens* documentary
  340. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  341. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  342. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  343. Jack Bruce
  344. You seem to have missed something.
  345. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  346. Meg & Mog
  347. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  348. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  349. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  350. Technological change vs. cultural change
  351. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  352. Sleater-Kinney
  353. BE AFRAID!
  354. Medium's on it, bro!
  355. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  356. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  357. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  358. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  359. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  360. A useful roadmap
  361. Not much longer now…
  362. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  363. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  364. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  365. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  366. Deliberately missing the point
  367. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  368. Freshman year of college is calling.
  369. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  370. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  371. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  372. What's the worst that could happen?
  373. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  374. Both sides do it.
  375. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  376. With friends like these…
  377. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  378. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  379. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  380. Hell #9438
  381. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  382. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  383. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  384. War forever
  385. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  387. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  388. Disconnecting pay from performance
  389. Hosting my own stuff
  390. All Ebola, all the time
  391. The kids these days
  392. Laboratories of democracy!
  393. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  394. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  395. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  396. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  397. The new phone is here.
  398. Crap Architecture
  399. iPhone Parking Lot
  400. Starting Proust
  401. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  402. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  403. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  404. The Apple tech press is weird.
  405. VHS v. Betamax
  406. The answer is always "n + 1".
  407. Conservative intellectuals
  408. Zappos is creepy.
  409. Your phone is not the problem.
  410. Deconstruction
  411. Inspirational
  412. Process improvement
  413. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  414. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  415. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  416. Complicated things are complicated.
  417. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  418. That technology thing you like
  419. Priorities, people
  420. WAR!
  421. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  422. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  423. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  424. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  425. 42
  426. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  427. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  428. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  429. Trying out Beats Music
  430. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  431. The synthetic unity of experience
  432. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  433. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  434. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  435. State of the Union predictions
  436. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  437. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  438. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  439. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  440. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  441. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  442. Thinking before you write
  443. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  444. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  445. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  446. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  447. Hate the show, not the venue.
  448. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  449. FUD As a Service
  450. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  451. Crippling injuries build character.
  452. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  453. Saving bookstores
  454. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  455. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  456. Internet activism
  457. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  458. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  459. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  460. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  461. Your tax dollars at work
  462. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  463. Holacracy
  464. Yes, people really do still blog.
  465. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  466. Duck Dynasty
  467. No one cares about your private cloud.
  468. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  469. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  470. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  471. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  472. Money is speech
  473. Clearly
  474. Parking
  475. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  476. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  477. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  478. Unhelpful advice
  479. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  480. People don't scale
  481. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  482. Movies that scared me
  483. Epistemology
  484. Bespoke
  485. Califone, *Stitches*
  486. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  487. We want INFORMATION!
  488. Passive-aggressive politeness
  489. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  490. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  491. Google cars
  492. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  493. Really, DC? REALLY?
  494. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  495. Suspension of disbelief
  496. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  497. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  498. Personal experience v. policy
  499. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  500. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  501. The Washington Post and AWS
  502. St. Patrick’s Day
  503. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  504. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  505. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  506. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  507. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  508. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  509. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  510. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  511. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  512. Meetings
  513. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  514. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  515. Time-tracking
  516. Prophecy
  517. More guns
  518. Guns
  519. Bold Leadership
  520. Hanlon's Razor
  521. That legacy stuff
  522. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  523. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  524. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  525. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  526. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  527. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  528. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  529. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  530. That Kant was a smart guy.
  531. Petraeus
  532. The World War Z trailer
  533. You should have bicycles
  534. The technorati fallacy
  535. One of my favorite types of requests
  536. The Lucasfilm thing
  537. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  538. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  539. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  540. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  541. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  542. Undecided voters
  543. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  544. Found a new philosophy podcast
  545. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  546. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  547. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  548. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  549. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  550. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  551. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  552. Safety nets
  553. So, the Romney thing
  554. Your data-mining sucks
  555. Started watching Homeland
  556. The Clint Eastwood thing
  557. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  558. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  559. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  560. The Lance Armstrong thing
  561. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  562. A lot of Can
  563. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  564. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  565. Writing apps
  566. Distorted markets
  567., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  568. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  569. A bit more on the HBO thing
  570. OS upgrades
  571. Or I could just go listen to the album
  572. Monster Movie Week!
  573. As goes Sparrow...
  574. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  575. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  576. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  577. Nope, advertising just sucks
  578. Reading
  579. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  580. Who needs it!
  581. Advantage, Mutt
  582. Do you want the answer, or not?
  583. ACA coverage and systems failure
  584. To-do lists
  585. So long, Weather Underground
  586. Checked baggage
  587. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  588. From the $2 bins at the record store
  589. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  590. The HBO thing
  591. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  592. Not exactly random, but good listening
  593. The Dark Knight... meh
  594. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  595. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  596. Memorial Day
  597. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  598. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  599. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  600. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  601. Experimenting with Pelican
  602. Readlists
  603. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  604. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  605. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  606. War Hazard Eliminated!
  607. Unintended Consequences
  608. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  609. You’re playing their game
  610. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  611. Breitbart
  612. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  613. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  614. A bit more on The Shining
  615. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  616. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  617. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  618. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  619. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  620. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  621. Ip Man
  622. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  623. Bogeyman
  624. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  625. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  626. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  627. BASIC
  628. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  629. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  630. My power is beyond your understanding!
  631. Out-stupiding the TSA
  632. I see what you did there
  633. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  634. That "15 albums" thing
  635. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  636. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  637. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  638. That's an interesting definition you have there
  639. James Cameron v. the philistines
  640. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  641. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  642. Whither censure?
  643. Stealing TV, Part II
  644. OCTOBER?!
  645. Chasing boogeymen
  646. Nice vetting job, folks
  647. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  648. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  649. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  650. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  651. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  652. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  653. Supporting the freedom-haters
  654. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  655. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  656. Music update - February 2006
  657. The Corporation
  658. Watching TV without having TV
  659. Google strikes again (2006)
  660. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  661. Touchy subject
  662. Take my ports. Please.
  663. NUTS!
  664. One year older than I was at this time last year
  665. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  666. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  667. Lewis Black
  668. Uhhhhhhh...
  669. The Yes Men
  670. And again, my apologies
  671. I did it for you, Damien
  673. The site may be slow today
  674. Electronic mediocrity
  675. Maybe they are better off...
  676. Angry Dick strikes again
  677. Capote
  678. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  679. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  680. Wherein Pete despairs
  681. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  682. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  683. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  684. Hide your puppies
  685. I like VoIP
  686. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  687. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  688. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  689. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  690. The hearings are on.
  691. Apples and oranges
  692. And in somewhat less serious news...
  693. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  694. War in name only
  695. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  696. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  697. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  698. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  699. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  700. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  702. Flirting with the dark side
  703. Countdown to a big waste of time
  704. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  705. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  706. Weekend music update
  707. The New York Times finally throws down
  708. Today’s project
  709. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  710. The broken record continues to spin
  711. Long time, no music
  712. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  713. At least someone is putting up a fight
  714. More legal contortions
  715. More on Iran
  716. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  717. Only 20 more hours to go
  718. Original intent
  719. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  720. You say Alito, I say whatever
  721. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  722. I don’t want to live with the bears
  723. Quick TV update
  724. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  725. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  726. Reading too much into The West Wing
  727. A question, sir...
  728. Blogging about blogging
  729. A few changes
  730. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  731. Year-end music round-up
  732. Again with the wire-tapping
  733. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  734. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  735. I’m genuinely shocked
  736. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  737. Angry Dick
  738. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  739. Sorry for the delay
  740. The time grows near
  741. Site news - October 2005
  742. Quote of the Day
  743. Serenity
  744. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  745. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  746. Forensic Show #23
  747. It’s TV time again
  748. Nothing to see here
  749. Going from bad to worse to...
  750. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  751. Google Talk
  752. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  753. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  754. Voting != Democracy
  755. He’s not lying
  756. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  757. The perfect album?
  758. Movies, movies, movies
  759. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  760. A bit of background
  761. Leaving, on a jet plane
  762. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  763. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  764. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  765. Again with this story
  766. Music update - July 2005
  768. Whither Rove?
  769. How quaint.
  770. Intellects vast and cool...
  771. and... They’re off!
  772. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  773. I’m back
  774. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  775. Thank you, FARK
  776. ZOMBIES!
  777. On second thought...
  778. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  779. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  780. So it actually didn’t suck
  781. More on the filibuster debate
  782. YES!!
  783. Going nuclear/constitutional
  784. Worth a listen?
  785. Music update - May 2005)
  786. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  787. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  788. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  789. More on taxes
  790. Happy April 15th
  791. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  792. Long live the Death Tax
  793. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  794. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  795. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  796. METAL!!!
  797. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  798. This is the coolest thing EVER
  799. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  800. April Fools Day
  801. Groundhog Day, Part II
  802. The devil movies always get me.
  803. IM Annoyances
  804. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  805. What the hell?
  806. I suggest we start a pool...
  807. Drill, drill, drill!
  808. This is getting out of hand.
  809. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  810. the gates... THE GATES!!
  811. More “indecency”
  812. And again...
  813. Where have I heard this before?
  814. Anybody want gmail?
  815. Dirty, dirty titties
  816. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  817. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  818. One man’s Conservative...
  819. Google strikes again! (2005)
  820. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  821. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  822. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  823. Argh, I say.
  824. A rose is a rose.
  825. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  826. Sorry...
  827. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  828. Amusement
  829. The bottom-end of 2004
  830. How Bush Won
  831. New Music
  832. Foolishness
  833. Good news, I think...
  834. The first of many, I’m sure...
  835. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  836. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  837. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  838. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  839. Site news - November 2004
  840. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  841. More good web radio
  842. Another post-election site
  843. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  844. Sorry, everybody
  845. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  846. Apologies
  847. Nonsense
  848. Some new music
  849. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  850. The music is back online
  851. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  852. Odds and Ends
  853. SCIENCE!
  854. Making a bad situation worse
  855. Derrida, Part II
  856. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  857. The Faith-Based Presidency
  858. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  859. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  860. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.