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2011 in Review

2011 was kind of a busy year for me, especially during the latter half of the year when — after 10 years in the part-time consulting racket — I returned to full-time employment. It really cut into my blogging time, and I want to thank all of my loyal readers for sticking around. In any […]

Why SOPA is Bad and What You Can Do About It

This is a great explanation of how and why the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R.3261) is going to do a lot of damage to the Internet: And this is what you can do about it. Make waves. Talk to people. Tell your congresscritters to vote against it. If you want to know more, you can […]

I AM an SEO Badass!

That’s right! When it comes to search engine optimization, I can now claim to be one of the giants. Thanks to this post, Windypundit now owns the #1 and #2 Google search results for the phrase “Obama’s left testicle”.

The More I Learn About the Mortgage Crisis, the Less I Know

I’m reading Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. It’s an account of the collapse of the subprime mortgage market at the beginning of our current economic mess. The book tells the story at an odd level of detail: It doesn’t give a lot […]

A Brief Word of Advice to Mystery Writers

I’m not naming any names or spoiling any books, but here’s a plotting tip from a longtime reader: If you want us to be surprised that one of your characters is a bad guy, don’t have him quoting Friedrich Nietzsche the first time we see him. It’s not subtle foreshadowing. It’s giving the game away.


I spend a day away from the internet and come back to find out that Vaclav Havel died. Update: Oh, but there’s good news too. Kim Jong Il is also dead.

Boys Beware

I generally find anti-gay bigotry disturbing, but sometimes it’s also kind of amusing. I know that’s wrong — that gay people face real threats of discrimination and violence — but some anti-gay nonsense just makes me want to point and yell, “I didn’t know they still made people like you!” Which brings me to Rick Perry’s culture-war […]

Death to Pennies

Here’s something I never thought about before: It’s time to stop using pennies. Aside from its actual subject — the uselessness of pennies — this video is also worth watching because it’s a terrific example of how to make an argument. It’s clear, it’s concise, and in four minutes and 31 seconds I went from […]

A Less Sincere Form of Flattery

Over at Reason, they’re boasting because Business Insider chose Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie for its list of the only pundits you need to pay attention to between now and the election. I’m happy for Matt and Nick, but I want to draw your attention to something else that caught my eye. Go ahead and […]

Life at Conception

A few days ago, at the conservative Illinois Review, an unnamed author who I assume is editor Fran Eaton got excited about some basic science in a post titled “Biology Textbook Author Asserts Life Begins at Conception”: When does life begin?  At conception?  When the fertilized egg begins to multiply cells?  When the zygote embeds itself […]