Quitting Jobs

October 15, 2007

So, I quit my job last week. I’ve been working at High Country News for the last 4 years, which is actually a record for me. It’s a little difficult to walk away from, because in comparison to any number of other jobs, it was pretty good: interesting work, cool co-workers, positive mission… That said, […]

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buy me a democracy!

April 26, 2007

Every so often I start thinking that we have a functioning democracy in the United States. And then something like this crops up, where the guys with the money get to dictate the playing field. The Postal Service will be raising rates by massive proportions on small, independent periodicals, while keeping the rates low for […]

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Scalzi for Prez

March 16, 2007

John Scalzi, in a moment of obvious insanity is running a write-in campaign for SFWA President. After reading his platform, I dusted off my ballot, wrote in his name and sent it in. He had me at “Hello.” Seriously, I think he’s nailed a lot of important issues, and I like seeing someone with energy […]

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My son, My mentor

March 10, 2007

As my wife and I were kibitzing over how garam masala got cooked into the taco meat instead of cumin, my son, from the kitchen table where he was busily devouring a bowl of cottage cheese, said: “Dad, you don’t need to bother Mommy. That’s my role.” Thank goodness someone’s got the job covered.

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Enviros want you to stop breathing!

March 8, 2007

Those greeniacs are probably going to put a nice plastic (recycled, of course) bag over the head of the girl who shows up in the end of this video. That’ll teach her to stop her damn out-gassing. This video has been around for a little bit, but the Competitive Enterprise Institute, funded in part by […]

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A pound of strawberries… and a little something special

March 3, 2007

One of the things that interested me about last years’ e.coli in spinach thing was that it underlined how little we know about where/how our food is produced. There’s a whole vast network of growers, packagers, distributors, and sales outlets and we have a pretty imperfect understanding of what happens to, say, our lettuce or […]

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