Alas, No : Not every problem is a software problem.

Maciej Ceglowski, from a panel on "the moral economy of tech" at last week's conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics:

But the real world is a stubborn place. It is complex in ways that resist abstraction and modeling. It notices and reacts to our attempts to affect it. Nor can we hope to examine it objectively from the outside, any more than we can step out of our own skin.

The connected world we're building may resemble a computer system, but really it's just the regular old world from before, with a bunch of microphones and keyboards and flat screens sticking out of it. And it has the same old problems.

Approaching the world as a software problem is a category error that has led us into some terrible habits of mind.

He is talking about the tendency of software developers (and technologists in general) to view real-world problems through the same lens as software problems.

The whole thing is worth reading.

By Pete Brown

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