Alas, No : Paul Ford on free but kind of crappy hotels

Paul Ford wrote a quick essay on latest Twitter brouhaha:

So: Remember six or so years ago, when we all moved out of the houses we owned, into the big free hotel? I mean, could you blame us? Keeping up a house is a nightmare, things are always flooding and you have to wash your own sheets, and all of our friends kept telling us we had to come to the free hotel. It was fun.

Then after some years had passed, management changed the wallpaper to advertisements for branded goods. That was annoying at first. We all came to realize that giant free hotels can be alienating, compared to having your own small house and neighbors — but it still beat having a leaky roof. So we’re all still living here.

It’s a thorny problem and Ford does not provide any answers, but it’s a pretty good analogy.

This question comes down to the fundamental balance between the cost and trouble of maintaining a service yourself versus a free service over which you have no control versus paying for a service that you at least control. The challenge with Twitter is that, for the specific service they provide, they have been the dominant player for long enough that there really are not any alternatives.

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