The Forbes Fictional Fifteen

Asparagirl gets a chuckle out of the Forbes Fictional Fifteen, and indeed, so do I. It’s a list of the all-time richest fictional characters: Santa Claus tops the list, with his net worth calculated, rationally it seems to me, as infinite…

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Weblog MetaData Initiative: Volunteers Needed!

For those of you who are interested in the more geeky side of the weblog world, the Weblog MetaData Initiative — formerly known as “BlogMD” — is looking for folks to help test out a preliminary, alpha-level specification for encoding metadata in weblogs. All it takes is enough knowledge to know how to edit your […]

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They like me!

Neat! Somebody nominated TTLB for a Bloggy award for best design. Flattered, I am. I think the voting is open until the end of the month, so go cast your ballots…

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Kaus as Kingmaker

I attempted to send this to Kausguy via email, but he’s having mail troubles, so I guess I’ll just have to make a post of it. I’m sure Mickey is spending his emailless hours hitting the refresh button compulsively on TTLB, so he’ll see it right away anyway of course. Sir Kaus continues to search […]

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The What Underground?

Jane Galt points us to an absolutely priceless declaration by the administrator of a discussion forum on Democratic Underground.com that his little piece of the web is now a First Amendment-free zone. Now, of course he has every right to do exactly that, but wow, he sure did manage to make himself look silly in […]

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Replay: The Bear Doctrine

We’re in the midst of much “why are we talking about invading Iraq and not North Korea, since North Korea just admitted they’re working on nukes” nonsense right now. So I figured I’d reach back into the good old archives and repost a simple set of rules I declared for when I believe the United […]

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People on ludes should not dictate foreign policy.*

TTLB is a public-service oriented kinda blog, and in that spirit, I offer the following words of wisdom from Sean Penn, from an advertisement he placed in the Washington Post today opposing war against Iraq: Reuters says: In an open letter to Bush taking up most of a page in the main section of the […]

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Meryl on Chickenhawks

Meryl provides us with the definitive “chickenhawk” argument, following the logic of those who say non-soldiers should not call for war to its (illogical) extreme. My personal favorite: “John Edward can’t talk to the dead unless he has first been dead (and I volunteer to help him achieve that state).” Now Meryl, be nice… nah, […]

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An Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto: Addendum

Eric S. Raymond is back, and has penned an Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto. I agree with most of Eric’s sentiments; while there are a few points where I might quibble the overall core is sound. My concern, however, is that while the Manifesto is a fine statement of principles, it is sorely lacking in action. It is […]

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Really a shame. To go so suddenly.*

Flipping through the radio the other day, I came across a brief snippet of a quote that fascinated me. I never got the context; so I present it here in its splendid isolation: “…this rush to war for the past year…” Now it’s of course leaping to conclusions to conclude, well, anything without some semblence […]

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Psst. Wanna know where to find cheap stuff?

Since I seem to be in consumer protection mode this week, might as well go with that feeling. The website of the day here at TTLB is SalesCircular.com. It provides a simple service, but one I’ve rapidly grown addicted to: identifying sales, discounts, and rebates on common products at retail (brick-and-mortar) stores in a given […]

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Spam Be Gone

Part II of my series on privacy tools; see Part I if you’re searching for ways to foil spammers of the telephone type. E-mail spam is, of course, evil, and must, of course, be destroyed. After years of mostly ignoring it, I finally reached a point recently where I decided to do something about it, […]

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Telemarketers Be Gone

VodkaGuy has provided a guide for online advertisers, which reminded me of my recent efforts to protect my own privacy from those who would attempt to harass, annoy, and cudgle me into partaking of their products. First, telemarketers. I am convinced that my primary mistake was to actually donate to my local police officer’s association. […]

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