Alas, No : "Egalitarian" organizations and internalized control

Why Companies Are So Bad at Treating Employees Like People:

As I listen to the current debate about humanizing the corporation, I’m reminded of an award-winning 1993 ethnography by Professor James Barker of Marquette University that shows how even the best intended of management initiatives can evolve in paradoxical ways. Studying one organization’s transformation from a traditional hierarchy to self-managing teams, Barker was surprised to find that the change produced even tighter control than what existed under the old-fashioned hierarchy.

Ronald, one of the technical employees Barker interviewed for the study, told him that he felt more closely watched under the new egalitarian system. While his former boss might have overlooked him coming in a little late occasionally, for example, his team had a “no tolerance” policy on tardiness. They monitored members’ behaviors closely and imposed sanctions for non-compliance.

Instead of loosening the “iron cage,” as sociologist Max Weber famously called the sort of rule-based, bureaucratic control that we know associate with lumbering corporations, Baker argued that flatter, more egalitarian systems sometimes tighten the cage more powerfully, thanks to peer pressure and what psychologists call “internalized control,” our zealous adherence to norms of our own creation.

Once again, I am struck by how much time and energy is wasted rediscovering ideas and conceptual frameworks that have been explored extensively.

In other words, these people really need to read some Foucault.

By Pete Brown

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