Alas, No : Some advice for my fellow dudes

mansplaining statueI am currently looking over a Facebook comment thread that is roughly the eighty-seventh iteration I have seen in the past couple of weeks of the following pattern:

  1. Women are discussing something amongst themselves.
  2. Dude jumps in with something like “Well, here’s what I think…” or “Let me point out the several ways you are wrong…”
  3. Women in the discussion come back with “Thanks, but you’re not really helping” or “That hasn’t been my experience.”
  4. Dude gets really huffy and starts shouting about freedom of expression, then declares that he’s had enough and was only trying to help.

Okay, guys, look—I understand the urge you feel to speak up in these situations. Most of us have been told all our lives to stand up for ourselves, to speak out when we've got something to say. We live in a culture where the default mode for dudes is action and assertiveness, where anything that suggests otherwise seems like some sort of infringement.

But seriously? You don't have to say anything, and if you really want to do your lady friends a favor, maybe think about shutting up for a while and listening. You've got nothing to lose. Your freedom of speech is not threatened by you not saying anything, and you might actually learn something by just observing the conversation.

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  1. *The Joshua Tree*, thirty years later
  2. Confederate monuments
  3. The only way out for Republicans is through.
  4. Yes, your team mascot is racist.
  5. That's not how any of this works.
  6. The Justice Department's public comment line is (202) 353-1555.
  7. Who is left to check Trump’s power? Basically no one.
  8. It is deeply disturbing that Trump just fired James Comey.
  9. The handling of race in Hulu's adaptation of *The Handmaid's Tale* is weird.
  10. You get from Star Wars what you bring into it.
  11. You should go read Lawfare's post about Trump and Russia.
  12. If the robots are taking all the jobs and the market is broken anyway, just give people a basic income.
  13. Bannon never left, and neither will Gorka.
  14. Republican claims about pre-existing conditions are bullshit.
  15. American identity has not collapsed. The GOP has abandoned it.
  16. Trump's base isn't going to turn on him.
  17. Trolls, or What do we do when tactical responses and right/just responses do not align?
  18. The limited redemption of Anakin Skywalker
  19. Trump’s *Face The Nation* interview
  20. Trump’s agenda is Trump, and at that, he is succeeding—for now.
  21. The FCC is coming after network net neutrality again.
  22. Trump's "tax plan" (quotes intentional) is gibberish and ought to be treated as such.
  23. We probably need to accept that complicated things are complicated.
  24. Luke Skywalker is right. It’s time for the Jedi to end.
  25. There are many more Juiceros out there.
  26. Jevons, Hanlon, and Conway walk into a bar…
  27. The marketplace of ideas cuts both ways.
  28. No, the Internet is not really democratic.
  29. Empathy as an indicator of political opinions
  30. In what order do you read book series?
  31. The Republican party is intellectually bankrupt.
  32. Telling people they've been suckered is not a winning argument, even if it's true.
  33. Trump is a deadbeat, and the Republicans are his latest creditors.
  34. A missing chapter of parenting books
  35. It's weird how Republicans keep supporting a racist asshole.
  36. At least some of these rogue government Twitter accounts probably aren't for real.
  37. Paul Ryan is a terrible person.
  38. I just called Scott Pruitt's office.
  39. My question for Sean Spicer
  40. Poor people's iPhones
  41. The job is so much more enjoyable when there aren't any rules you have to follow.
  42. Most anti-immigration arguments make no sense to me.
  43. Two true statements about Trump and the press
  44. Removing street lanes to reduce congestion
  45. I just called the Governor’s office about his position on making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  46. Stop calling it "the winter White House."
  47. This sentence is a lie.
  48. Charles Pierce on the DeVos confirmation
  49. "You'll like it better with me."
  50. Josh Marshall is right.
  51. Trump attacks the judiciary
  52. Trump is a lot of things, but claiming that he is mentally ill is silly.
  53. What Trump's authoritianism will look like
  54. Link: Liberals on the edge of a nervous breakdown
  55. Ohio! Call Rob Portman about DeVos!
  56. A question for Facebook and Twitter
  57. Let's not make our job even more difficult than it already is.
  58. Link: Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump?
  59. Link: Throw sand in the gears of everything.
  60. I just called Warren and Markey's offices about delaying the Sessions and Tillerson votes.
  61. What's the record for the shortest time to a Constitutional crisis?
  62. What does the Secretary of Defense think of Trump's Muslim ban?
  63. A proposal regarding the executive orders
  64. If you're okay with this, I'm not sure I have much to say to you.
  65. I just called Gov. Charlie Baker's office about declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  66. Trump's voter fraud lies don't even make internal sense.
  67. Link: Trump is a dangerous, delusional lunatic.
  68. Millionaires are terrible people.
  69. I called Sen. Warren's office about her decision to support Ben Carson for HUD.
  70. Calling senators to oppose Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions
  71. Who do I know in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, or Washington?
  72. Calling senators about Betsy DeVos
  73. PopMatters' list of the 50 best post-punk albums
  74. Link: How to culture jam a populist
  75. Thank you, everybody.
  76. Women's March on Washington, Sister Rally - Greenfield, MA
  77. People getting punched is generally bad, but I'm not going to lose much sleep over this one.
  78. And with that done…
  79. The inauguration
  80. "Deals"
  81. Music: William Basinski's *The Disintegration Loops*
  82. Thanks to National Geographic, I now know that Goldfish have been VANILLA GRAHAM FLAVOR BLASTED!!!
  83. Advice from the EFF on talking to your Congressional representatives
  84. Today in business newspeak: "Delightful"
  85. There are words to describe what Trump is doing. We just have to start using them.
  86. Trump’s denial-of-service attack on democracy and government
  87. Call your Senators, tell them you don't support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
  88. The main argument I've seen for Trump not being a fascist is people's reluctance to use the word "fascist."
  89. Republicans have no interest in actually governing.
  90. Discussing health insurance with the British
  91. A Nemosine Singularity with a medium nib
  92. Resisting Trump and the Republicans is just work.
  93. If the Republicans say they are going to repeal Obamacare, we should take them at their word.
  94. Book review: Emma Cline's *The Girls*
  95. Last night, I wrote a letter for the first time in ages.
  96. Christmas, 2016
  97. It's not fake news, it's propaganda.
  98. Telling people they have been conned doesn't generally work.
  99. What Trump says on Twitter is not the only problem, but it’s still a problem.
  100. Betsy DeVos is awful.
  101. Trump decides to grace the *New York Times* an interview.
  102. Things that have happened since yesterday
  103. The Sessions nomination and the Senate
  104. All of Trump's cabinet picks should be blocked.
  105. The protests need to continue, but I fear it will not end well.
  106. Rooting for Trump to fail
  107. It’s not much, but it’s something.
  108. Priebus as chief of staff is not a good thing.
  109. Link dump for the week ending 2016-11-13
  110. How long do we wait?
  111. White People Problems are not the only problems.
  112. It’s not just about economics.
  113. Some true statements
  114. Understanding something doesn’t mean you agree with it.
  115. It's not all going to be okay.
  116. That feeling you're feeling
  117. Trump won for a lot of reasons. Racism is one of them, and it’s a big one.
  118. Things for which I have no time or patience right now
  119. So.
  120. The Republicans aren’t going to learn any lessons from this election.
  121. Something to keep in mind while watching the results this evening
  122. Jay Rosen on Trump and the right-wing assault on facts
  123. Just thinkin' about tomorrow.
  124. Because upgrading is never simple.
  125. A bit more on Jonathan Safran Foer's *Here I Am*
  126. A touchscreen laptop would be a usability nightmare.
  127. Locker room talk
  128. What Republicans can live with
  129. "Yeah, but he's *our* loser!"
  130. The thing about Mike Pence
  131. Fact-checking Donald Trump
  132. The first debate
  133. Don't get your hopes up that Trump will pay a price for his continued birtherism.
  134. Most parenting advice is terrible.
  135. Not everyone gets sick days.
  136. Hillary Clinton's secret policy trove
  137. "A six-foot-tall painting of himself"
  138. Justin Trudeau, "a living TED Talk"
  139. Missing the entire point of *ST:TNG*
  140. "Looking presidential"
  141. Tim Murphy's *Christodora* is the best novel I have read so far this year.
  142. The party of Lincoln
  143. Getting rid of comment sections
  144. "The transformative potential of deliberative democracy"
  145. Clinton calling out the entire GOP might have been more satisfying, but probably less effective.
  146. Cal Newport on Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy
  147. A few things have happened since the Civil War and Robert Byrd.
  148. Sports and patriotism displays are sort of creepy.
  149. Keeping books on shelves
  150. Good times at Fukushima
  151. Of *course* Trump isn't going to bother with building anything.
  152. Uber opens the company store
  153. Blogging didn't die. It was killed.
  154. Call me crazy, but I think Clinton probably knows what she's doing.
  155. Atrios on Uber
  156. Trophies for participating
  157. Adventures in disaster recovery
  158. "If we look at Column AK on Tab 3 of this list of open tickets…"
  159. Clay Shirky on protest voting
  160. Blair Witch
  161. We are broadcasting from the year 2016…
  162. Your third party won't save you.
  163. Nathan Robinson on voting for the lesser of two evils
  164. And this is the book that made Trump famous.
  165. Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas
  166. Michael Arnovitz on Hillary Clinton
  167. Not every problem is a software problem.
  168. The second most terrifying thing about this election
  169. Profiles In Courage, featuring Speaker Of the House Paul Ryan
  170. Describes most of my Facebook these days…
  171. A reminder that writers and readers of tech blogs are not ordinary people
  172. Martin Longman on voting v. organizing
  173. Josh Marshall on New York's closed primary system
  174. Rutger Bregman on universal basic income
  175. Jurgen Appelo on why information radiators don't work
  176. Ulysses app is kind of nice
  177. Democrats
  178. If your solution is to shuttle employees to the main office on a supertechnotrain, you're doing it wrong.
  179. Paul Ford on free but kind of crappy hotels
  180. I might trust the algorithm if I thought it were any good.
  181. Iowa
  182. On Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
  183. Audiobooks, podcasts, and the challenges of building stuff oneself
  184. There is no such thing as a structureless organization.
  185. God-damned Internet of Things
  186. Switching to Reeder for RSS
  187. Stringing small tools together wins again.
  188. Spoilers
  189. "Egalitarian" organizations and internalized control
  190. Richard Kaufman on *The Thing*
  191. Benjamin Brooks on working from home
  192. Laurie Ruettimann on open floor plan offices
  193. I really hope Bimodal IT is intended as descriptive, not prescriptive.
  194. There is a reason that stuff happens.
  195. The grand evasion of gun control
  196. Zach Holman on remote-first vs. remote-friendly
  197. Feeling kinda meh about the X-Files trailer
  198. Is the pope Catholic?
  199. Right-wing kook likes right-wing kook
  200. Sure, Google—blame the humans.
  201. Yep, we're fine on the schedule, except that everyone hates the schedule.
  202. If it walks like a Trump and quacks like a Trump…
  203. It's not just politics. The tech community's objectivity is a myth.
  204. Larry Lessig's plan is ridiculous.
  205. Nuts-McCubbins 2016!
  206. Those impolite protesters
  207. "The Other Sixties"
  208. Why I (mostly) stopped using Linux
  209. Trump trump trumpity trump
  210. Education and the health of democracy
  211. Yeah, still not feeling the Bern.
  212. Trump's "campaign" is the perfect illustration of the GOP circus and its media enablers.
  213. So, Conway, Jevons, and Sturgeon walk into a planning meeting…
  214. LastPass (and basically any other password manager) is still more secure than your homegrown password scheme.
  215. Maybe throwing out the Agile bath water is a good idea, regardless of what's in the tub.
  216. The insistence that children be forced to learn harsh lessons early is bizarre.
  217. The diminishing returns of the GOP welfare circuit
  218. "This OS is buggy because my upgrade failed!"
  219. Single-issue voting, or "Rand Paul is still a nutcase."
  220. Decentralizing GitHub
  221. The doofus dad stereotype is bullshit and needs to be tossed in the bin.
  222. Funny definition of government oppression you've got there…
  223. A great post about continuous delivery of infrastructure services
  224. Uber is terrible, Part… oh, I've lost track now.
  225. But this method doesn't work with a tomato.
  226. My prediction for tonight's *Mad Men* series finale…
  227. Who will explain the explainers?
  228. Cormac McCarthy's *The Road* and manipulative storytelling
  229. The uselessness and vacuity of David Brooks
  230. I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.
  231. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  232. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  233. What's good for me must be good for you.
  234. The police state and its enablers
  235. A new Craw Kickstarter
  236. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  237. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  238. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  239. People are not resources.
  240. Chewie, we're home.
  241. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  242. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  243. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  244. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  245. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  246. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  247. Happy birthday, Merle!
  248. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  249. Bigots gonna bigot
  250. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  251. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  252. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  253. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  254. TV - *Bloodline*
  255. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  256. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  257. Why I like minimalist art.
  258. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  259. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  260. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  261. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  262. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  263. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  264. A new Aliens movie?
  265. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  266. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  267. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  268. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  269. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  270. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  271. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  272. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  273. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  274. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  275. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  276. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  277. Rand Paul is a kook.
  278. Due is a nice reminders app.
  279. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  280. Dan Burton, still a moron
  281. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  282. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  283. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  284. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  285. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  286. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  287. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  288. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  289. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  290. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  291. No, blogging is not dead.
  292. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  293. Scott Walker is terrible.
  294. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  295. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  296. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  297. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  298. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  299. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  300. Phrases that should be banned
  301. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  302. A novel twist in gameplay
  303. An entrepreneur in every pot
  304. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  305. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  306. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  307. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  308. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  309. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  310. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  311. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  312. So long, 2014.
  313. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  314. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  315. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  316. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  317. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  318. Flash photography
  319. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  320. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  321. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  322. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  323. Uber needs poor people.
  324. The problem with Radiolab
  325. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  326. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  327. The Star Wars teaser
  328. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  329. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  330. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  331. It's morning in America.
  332. My *Serial* think-piece
  333. Cod vacations
  334. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  335. Railing
  336. Found a sunny spot
  337. 1970s Legos
  338. DANZIG!
  339. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  340. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  341. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  342. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  343. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  344. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  345. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  346. A very helpful related search
  347. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  348. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  349. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  350. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  351. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  352. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  353. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  354. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  355. Dilbert is not funny.
  356. Pink Floyd
  357. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  358. Mobile friendly
  359. Dave Winer's Radio3
  360. Resistance to change
  361. That pope
  362. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  363. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  364. Your data-mining sucks (2014).
  365. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  366. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  367. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  368. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  369. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  370. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  371. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  372. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  373. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  374. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  375. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  376. Massachusetts Republicans
  377. Birthright #1
  378. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  379. Kids these days
  380. *Aliens* documentary
  381. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  382. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  383. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  384. Jack Bruce
  385. You seem to have missed something.
  386. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  387. Meg & Mog
  388. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  389. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  390. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  391. Technological change vs. cultural change
  392. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  393. Sleater-Kinney
  394. BE AFRAID!
  395. Medium's on it, bro!
  396. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  397. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  398. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  399. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  400. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  401. A useful roadmap
  402. Not much longer now…
  403. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  404. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  405. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  406. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  407. Deliberately missing the point
  408. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  409. Freshman year of college is calling.
  410. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  411. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  412. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  413. What's the worst that could happen?
  414. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  415. Both sides do it.
  416. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  417. With friends like these…
  418. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  419. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  420. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  421. Hell #9438
  422. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  423. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  424. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  425. War forever
  426. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  428. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  429. Disconnecting pay from performance
  430. Hosting my own stuff
  431. All Ebola, all the time
  432. The kids these days
  433. Laboratories of democracy!
  434. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  435. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  436. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  437. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  438. The new phone is here.
  439. Crap Architecture
  440. iPhone Parking Lot
  441. Starting Proust
  442. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  443. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  444. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  445. The Apple tech press is weird.
  446. VHS v. Betamax
  447. The answer is always "n + 1".
  448. Conservative intellectuals
  449. Zappos is creepy.
  450. Your phone is not the problem.
  451. Deconstruction
  452. Inspirational
  453. Process improvement
  454. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  455. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  456. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  457. Complicated things are complicated.
  458. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  459. That technology thing you like
  460. Priorities, people
  461. WAR!
  462. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  463. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  464. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  465. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  466. 42
  467. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  468. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  469. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  470. Trying out Beats Music
  471. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  472. The synthetic unity of experience
  473. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  474. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  475. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  476. State of the Union predictions
  477. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  478. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  479. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  480. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  481. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  482. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  483. Thinking before you write
  484. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  485. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  486. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  487. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  488. Hate the show, not the venue.
  489. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  490. FUD As a Service
  491. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  492. Crippling injuries build character.
  493. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  494. Saving bookstores
  495. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  496. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  497. Internet activism
  498. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  499. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  500. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  501. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  502. Your tax dollars at work
  503. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  504. Holacracy
  505. Yes, people really do still blog.
  506. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  507. Duck Dynasty
  508. No one cares about your private cloud.
  509. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  510. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  511. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  512. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  513. Money is speech
  514. Clearly
  515. Parking
  516. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  517. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  518. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  519. Unhelpful advice
  520. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  521. People don't scale
  522. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  523. Movies that scared me
  524. Epistemology
  525. Bespoke
  526. Califone, *Stitches*
  527. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  528. We want INFORMATION!
  529. Passive-aggressive politeness
  530. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  531. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  532. Google cars
  533. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  534. Really, DC? REALLY?
  535. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  536. Suspension of disbelief
  537. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  538. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  539. Personal experience v. policy
  540. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  541. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  542. The Washington Post and AWS
  543. St. Patrick’s Day
  544. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  545. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  546. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  547. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  548. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  549. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  550. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  551. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  552. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  553. Meetings
  554. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  555. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  556. Time-tracking
  557. Prophecy
  558. More guns
  559. Guns
  560. Bold Leadership
  561. Hanlon's Razor
  562. That legacy stuff
  563. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  564. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  565. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  566. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  567. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  568. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  569. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  570. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  571. That Kant was a smart guy.
  572. Petraeus
  573. The World War Z trailer
  574. You should have bicycles
  575. The technorati fallacy
  576. One of my favorite types of requests
  577. The Lucasfilm thing
  578. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  579. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  580. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  581. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  582. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  583. Undecided voters
  584. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  585. Found a new philosophy podcast
  586. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  587. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  588. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  589. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  590. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  591. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  592. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  593. Safety nets
  594. So, the Romney thing
  595. Your data-mining sucks
  596. Started watching Homeland
  597. The Clint Eastwood thing
  598. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  599. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  600. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  601. The Lance Armstrong thing
  602. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  603. A lot of Can
  604. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  605. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  606. Writing apps
  607. Distorted markets
  608., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  609. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  610. A bit more on the HBO thing
  611. OS upgrades
  612. Or I could just go listen to the album
  613. Monster Movie Week!
  614. As goes Sparrow...
  615. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  616. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  617. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  618. Nope, advertising just sucks
  619. Reading
  620. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  621. Who needs it!
  622. Advantage, Mutt
  623. Do you want the answer, or not?
  624. ACA coverage and systems failure
  625. To-do lists
  626. So long, Weather Underground
  627. Checked baggage
  628. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  629. From the $2 bins at the record store
  630. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  631. The HBO thing
  632. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  633. Not exactly random, but good listening
  634. The Dark Knight... meh
  635. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  636. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  637. Memorial Day
  638. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  639. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  640. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  641. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  642. Experimenting with Pelican
  643. Readlists
  644. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  645. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  646. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  647. War Hazard Eliminated!
  648. Unintended Consequences
  649. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  650. You’re playing their game
  651. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  652. Breitbart
  653. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  654. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  655. A bit more on The Shining
  656. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  657. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  658. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  659. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  660. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  661. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  662. Ip Man
  663. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  664. Bogeyman
  665. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  666. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  667. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  668. BASIC
  669. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  670. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  671. My power is beyond your understanding!
  672. Out-stupiding the TSA
  673. I see what you did there
  674. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  675. That "15 albums" thing
  676. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  677. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  678. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  679. That's an interesting definition you have there
  680. James Cameron v. the philistines
  681. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  682. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  683. Whither censure?
  684. Stealing TV, Part II
  685. OCTOBER?!
  686. Chasing boogeymen
  687. Nice vetting job, folks
  688. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  689. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  690. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  691. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  692. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  693. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  694. Supporting the freedom-haters
  695. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  696. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  697. Music update - February 2006
  698. The Corporation
  699. Watching TV without having TV
  700. Google strikes again (2006)
  701. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  702. Touchy subject
  703. Take my ports. Please.
  704. NUTS!
  705. One year older than I was at this time last year
  706. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  707. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  708. Lewis Black
  709. Uhhhhhhh...
  710. The Yes Men
  711. And again, my apologies
  712. I did it for you, Damien
  714. The site may be slow today
  715. Electronic mediocrity
  716. Maybe they are better off...
  717. Angry Dick strikes again
  718. Capote
  719. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  720. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  721. Wherein Pete despairs
  722. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  723. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  724. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  725. Hide your puppies
  726. I like VoIP
  727. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  728. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  729. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  730. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  731. The hearings are on.
  732. Apples and oranges
  733. And in somewhat less serious news...
  734. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  735. War in name only
  736. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  737. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  738. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  739. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  740. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  741. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  743. Flirting with the dark side
  744. Countdown to a big waste of time
  745. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  746. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  747. Weekend music update
  748. The New York Times finally throws down
  749. Today’s project
  750. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  751. The broken record continues to spin
  752. Long time, no music
  753. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  754. At least someone is putting up a fight
  755. More legal contortions
  756. More on Iran
  757. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  758. Only 20 more hours to go
  759. Original intent
  760. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  761. You say Alito, I say whatever
  762. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  763. I don’t want to live with the bears
  764. Quick TV update
  765. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  766. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  767. Reading too much into The West Wing
  768. A question, sir...
  769. Blogging about blogging
  770. A few changes
  771. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  772. Year-end music round-up
  773. Again with the wire-tapping
  774. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  775. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  776. I’m genuinely shocked
  777. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  778. Angry Dick
  779. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  780. Sorry for the delay
  781. The time grows near
  782. Site news - October 2005
  783. Quote of the Day
  784. Serenity
  785. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  786. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  787. Forensic Show #23
  788. It’s TV time again
  789. Nothing to see here
  790. Going from bad to worse to...
  791. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  792. Google Talk
  793. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  794. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  795. Voting != Democracy
  796. He’s not lying
  797. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  798. The perfect album?
  799. Movies, movies, movies
  800. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  801. A bit of background
  802. Leaving, on a jet plane
  803. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  804. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  805. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  806. Again with this story
  807. Music update - July 2005
  809. Whither Rove?
  810. How quaint.
  811. Intellects vast and cool...
  812. and... They’re off!
  813. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  814. I’m back
  815. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  816. Thank you, FARK
  817. ZOMBIES!
  818. On second thought...
  819. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  820. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  821. So it actually didn’t suck
  822. More on the filibuster debate
  823. YES!!
  824. Going nuclear/constitutional
  825. Worth a listen?
  826. Music update - May 2005)
  827. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  828. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  829. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  830. More on taxes
  831. Happy April 15th
  832. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  833. Long live the Death Tax
  834. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  835. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  836. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  837. METAL!!!
  838. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  839. This is the coolest thing EVER
  840. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  841. April Fools Day
  842. Groundhog Day, Part II
  843. The devil movies always get me.
  844. IM Annoyances
  845. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  846. What the hell?
  847. I suggest we start a pool...
  848. Drill, drill, drill!
  849. This is getting out of hand.
  850. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  851. the gates... THE GATES!!
  852. More “indecency”
  853. And again...
  854. Where have I heard this before?
  855. Anybody want gmail?
  856. Dirty, dirty titties
  857. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  858. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  859. One man’s Conservative...
  860. Google strikes again! (2005)
  861. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  862. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  863. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  864. Argh, I say.
  865. A rose is a rose.
  866. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  867. Sorry...
  868. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  869. Amusement
  870. The bottom-end of 2004
  871. How Bush Won
  872. New Music
  873. Foolishness
  874. Good news, I think...
  875. The first of many, I’m sure...
  876. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  877. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  878. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  879. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  880. Site news - November 2004
  881. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  882. More good web radio
  883. Another post-election site
  884. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  885. Sorry, everybody
  886. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  887. Apologies
  888. Nonsense
  889. Some new music
  890. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  891. The music is back online
  892. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  893. Odds and Ends
  894. SCIENCE!
  895. Making a bad situation worse
  896. Derrida, Part II
  897. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  898. The Faith-Based Presidency
  899. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  900. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  901. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.