Alas, No : Trophies for participating

If you are considering some concern-trolling about how Kids These Days get a trophy just for participating, here are a few things to think about:

  1. In real life, that hardly ever actually happens.
  2. There are a lot of kids (and grown-ups, too) for whom group activities, crowds, etc. are really hard to cope with and for whom "participation" is a pretty big deal.
  3. You're a heartless jackass intent on ruining things for everyone else under the guise of "just telling it like it is," and perhaps the problem is actually you.
By Pete Brown

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