Alas, No : Trump’s agenda is Trump, and at that, he is succeeding—for now.

At Vox, Matt Yglesias argues that Trump is not failing:

Yet since his ascension to the White House, conventional wisdom has developed an odd tendency to describe his inability to make major legislative changes as an indication that his presidency is failing. It's certainly true that Paul Ryan’s speakership of the House is failing, arguable that Mitch McConnell’s tenure as majority leader of the Senate is failing, and indisputably true that the Koch brothers’ drive to infuse hardcore libertarian ideological zeal into the GOP is failing.

But Trump isn’t failing. He and his family appear to be making money hand over fist. It's a spectacle the likes of which we've never seen in the United States, and while it may end in disaster for the Trumps someday, for now it shows no real sign of failure.

Despite the fact that I often find Yglesias's stuff needlessly contrarian, I think he is mostly right in his assessment here.

Trump has exactly one policy objective: Trump. There are two legs to this policy: financial gain and personal aggrandizement. The financial gain is currently proceeding quite well—as Yglesias details in his post—and it shows no sign of stopping in the near term.

What will be interesting (in the Chinese curse sense of the word) to watch is the second bit—the personal aggrandizement. Trump always wants to feel like a Big Man, and took to politics as the venue for that pursuit once the world of real estate and finance was finally closed off to him due of his miserable record of continuous failure.

Thus far, politics has worked as an outlet and ameliorative for Trump’s insecurities. He gets to jet back and forth between the White House and his private resort, be feted by the media and favor-seeking foreign diplomats and businesspeople, and run his family and hangers-on through his weird little power games. Throughout, he has managed to maintain a sufficient level of dog-whistling and grievance-stoking to keep the tribalist fires burning with his core supporters—angry, resentful white people. Meanwhile, the Republican party’s seemingly unresolvable internal conflicts have allowed Trump to skate by as that bunch fights among themselves, while Trump’s “I’ll sign anything as long as I can make it look like a win for Trump” policy gives them hope of converting their wildly unpopular and vile policy agenda into law.

Where it gets interesting is if any of that starts to change. If Trump starts to feel like the world of politics is making him look small and pathetic, if his lack of any actual policy agenda or accomplishments starts to erode the loyalty of his base, if the GOP starts to turn against him… what then?

The best-case scenario is that he walks away from it, either literally or figuratively. And to be clear, when I say “best-case” here, I mean it only in a relative sense, because that scenario leaves us with either a) an executive branch that is even more rudderless and unpredictable than it is right now, or b) Mike Pence in charge of things.

That said, I tend to think that the “He’s going to get tired of it and walk away” predictions are wishful thinking. Trump is a con man, and this is his last con. He has nowhere else to go. His real estate empire is hollow, no banks will lend him any more money, and absent the shield of the White House, the vultures will swoop in to pick clean the carcass of his brand. Trump is all in, and if he starts getting desperate, he will begin pulling every lever he can get his hands on. If you think things are scary and disturbing now, that prospect ought to terrify you.

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