Alas, No : What Trump says on Twitter is not the only problem, but it’s still a problem.

I keep seeing hot takes about how we should not pay attention to what Trump is saying on Twitter because it is a distraction from the real issues.

“The real issues,” in these arguments, tend to be his dreadful cabinet appointments, his $25 million fraud settlement, his massive conflicts of interest, and the rampant nepotism in his transition team.

To a certain extent, it is true that his Twitter diarrhea is a distraction, or at least an attempt at one. When the news broke that he was paying $25M to make the Trump University fraud case go away, he was suddenly picking a fight on Twitter with the cast of Hamilton. In a traditional political analysis, the fraud case would certainly be a bigger deal than whatever he was going on about on Twitter, and anyone worrying about the Twitter stuff would be rightly criticized for wasting valuable time and attention on something meaningless.

However, at the risk of beating a dead horse, these are not normal times.

The fraud settlement was a big deal and deserves more attention than it has been getting. But then, the president-elect of the United States threatening a Broadway cast for its exercise of political speech is a pretty big deal as well. The same can be said for this weekend’s juxtaposition of the New York Times’ in-depths reporting on Trump’s business conflicts of interest versus his series of tweets about he potential recounts in Wisconsin and other states.

The reason the Twitter stuff is important is that it is not just a crazy or stupid person spouting off on the internet. It is propaganda, and it needs to be evaluated as such. It is also worth noting that it is entirely possible to pay attention to both the Trump organization’s blatant propaganda efforts and the deep swamp of conflicts, corruption, and craziness that has characterized his campaign and will be at the heart of his presidency. Moreover, given that these two layers are interrelated, it is foolish and misguided to insist that we must ignore one in favor of the other. It all needs to be addressed as a system..

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