Alas, No : Sure, Google—blame the humans.

From an article in the New York Times about Google's driverless cars:

For now, there is the nearer-term problem of blending robots and humans. Already, cars from several automakers have technology that can warn or even take over for a driver, whether through advanced cruise control or brakes that apply themselves. Uber is working on the self-driving car technology, and Google expanded its tests in July to Austin, Tex.

Google cars regularly take quick, evasive maneuvers or exercise caution in ways that are at once the most cautious approach, but also out of step with the other vehicles on the road.

“It’s always going to follow the rules, I mean, almost to a point where human drivers who get in the car and are like ‘Why is the car doing that?’” said Tom Supple, a Google safety driver during a recent test drive on the streets near Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

Since 2009, Google cars have been in 16 crashes, mostly fender-benders, and in every single case, the company says, a human was at fault.

Reading this article, I am reminded of any number of post-mortems, after-action reviews, or lessons-learned sessions I have through in which the failure of a complex technical system is inevitably blamed on the people who operate it.

Later in the same article:

Dmitri Dolgov, head of software for Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, said that one thing he had learned from the project was that human drivers needed to be “less idiotic.”

That's not some random guy they have quoted. It is the HEAD OF SOFTWARE for these self-driving cars. And his answer is that humans need to be less idiotic. Good luck, pal.

My hope is that Google will eventually realize that it is not worth pouring more millions into this hopeless vanity project before one of these toys kills someone.

By Pete Brown

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