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An Historic Election

Politics is interesting to talk about, but usually not very inspiring. Or, more accurately, looking back at some of my earlier political posts, it looks like politics inspires cynicism, incredulity, anger, and pit-of-your-stomach, world-is-going-to-hell depression. I’ve always believed that you have to be an egotistical asshole to be a politician, Read more…

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Getting a New Passport

A couple of things drive me into a mental state of complete anger and anxiety: getting lost, George W Bush, religious crazies, and losing important travel documents. Let’s examine that last one a bit more shall we? But first a little background. So I’m on a business trip in Germany. Read more…

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WORSE Economics

What the hell is goign on? Didn’t every trader on Wall Street read the news. There’s a bailout! Everything’s alright. We can all sleep safe tonight. Why the hell are you depressing the value of my 401k 30 FREAKING PERCENT! Now that’s just not very nice. I don’t understand? Why Read more…

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Music for a Found Harmonium

I was in an Irish bar a few weeks ago having drinks with Jen and her friend Shari and these two guys were playing folksy Irish music. At some point I look at Jen and say, “I’ve heard this before… in the movie Napoleon Dynamite I think.” Jen looks back Read more…

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New Computer

I guess it was time. My last computer was bought in 2002. It’s so old and slow and infected with viruses that for the past six months it hasn’t been working. I’ve been keeping it in a corner because something in me simply refuses to throw away so much circuitry Read more…

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Brian’s Travel Map

This is a test to see if the cool app from Facebook will work embedded in a post on my site. This is a map of all the cities I’ve ever been to (the criteria here being that I had to have actually walked around the city, not just landed Read more…

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Shameless Plagarism

I shamelessly plagarized my own blog post. Just after writing my post on travel, I had to run an innovation workshop at a meeting of my department. So to get everyone in the mood I made a few slides that tried to show how innovations over time for various things Read more…

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Hooray!

Cross-posting between WordPress and Facebook works! Hooray for technology! Three cheers for open source software! (Yes, I am just writing gratuitously to fill up my mini-feed on my Facebook profile. So what? Who are you to judge me!)

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I’m on Facebook

I just couldn’t hold out any longer. I’m usually an early adopter of all techy things, just because I love being able to say: “Oh yeah, [insert trendy Web 2.0 service]? I’ve been on that for ages.”  I mean, after all, I do have my very own self-hosted blog (thanks Read more…

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Goodbye Bridge Suites

I have to thank Jen for waiting for me for ten minutes at the California Pizza Kitchen while I “checked out” of apartment 243 of the famous(ly sucky) Bridge Suites. Thanks Jen. I know I was overextending myself when I planned to meet you for lunch on the East side, Read more…

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