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May 27, 2014

Lore Sjoberg on solving complex problems

For those who don't know who he is, he's a humorist and former columnist for Wired.

I stole this bit of advice from a column of his years ago and find it very appropriate:

"Write what you know," or "Your ideas on how to bring peace to the planet are stupid and wrong."

"So you were in the Gifted and Talented Education program. So was practically every other saliva-pot with a domain name and a text editor. For that matter, so was the guy next door who believes that Mars is made of styrofoam. The world is not waiting for your revealed truth. Crime, war, prejudice, and hate have not been hanging around all these millennia waiting for your mom to forget her pill so that you can eradicate them. Complex problems don't have simple solutions. Any five-paragraph essay that claims to be able to end any problem that's been around for more than a three years has no more worth than a program that fills the screen with the sentence "I TOOK MY PARENTS' PRAISE TOO SERIOUSLY."

May 23, 2014

Establishment Republicans

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rob Rogers:

May 14, 2014

"The tea party has a big fundraising problem"

"On Monday, we looked at how the tea party isn't fairing so well thus far in 2014 primaries.

The main culprit: fundraising."

Whole article from Aaron Blake here:


May 13, 2014

Tom Toles on Benghazi!

May 12, 2014

Get Well Gifts for the Unvaccinated

From Jen Sorenen's "Slowpoke"

May 8, 2014

The cliff climbing dinosaurs of Bolivia


"Located 5 km (3 miles) from downtown Sucre, Bolivia is Cal Orko, an imposing limestone slab 1.5 km (0.9 miles) long and over 100 meters high (328 ft). On this steep face (inclination of 72 degrees), visitors can peer through time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth over 68 million years ago.

At Cal Orko you will find 462 distinct dinosaur tracks from at least 8 different species, totaling an incredible 5,055 individual dinosaur footprints. So how do thousands of dinosaur footprints come to be, on a seemingly vertical rock face hundreds of feet high?"

Whole article and more pics here:

May 7, 2014

Racist Idiots PR: "Who let the dog whistles out?"

From Jen Sorensen's "Slowpoke"

PS. Jen won a well-deserved 2014 Herblock Prize for her political cartooning. Congrats, Jen.

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