Category Archives: Irony

A Contradiction I Found in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”

John Galt says to Dagny Taggart, “Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.” So what does it mean that Rand uses a fictional character to express her philosophy (Galt’s epic and exhausting speech) as well as a … Continue reading

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Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv, or A Fistful of Super Web Strangeness

I received an email from a fellow named Igor. I assumed it was your garden variety, botnet-generated spam. It did, however, include a link to a Youtube video and, feeling secure that the Russians or Estonians or Ukrainians or whoever … Continue reading

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Underground Economies Understand the Power of Marketing

What got me thinking about this was a story about black tar heroin in the LA Times back in February. The sub-headline read, “Sugar cane farmers from a tiny Mexican county use savvy marketing and low prices to push black-tar … Continue reading

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Publish and Perish

There are many reasons why my academic career didn’t pan out, but among them is undoubtedly the fact that I didn’t publish very much. For example, I never turned my dissertation on the Baader-Meinhof Gang into a book (though part … Continue reading

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Similes That Make Me Smile

Reading two NYT articles today reminded me of how much fun with similes writers over there can have. First, in “The Great Unalignment,” writer Matt Bai says that, in the aftermath of Scott Brown’s Senate victory here in Masschusetts, Democratic … Continue reading

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Getting Serious about #onewordwednesday

I launched the incredibly successful Twitternet phenomenon, #onewordwednesday, in May 2009, at least by my reckoning. The fact that on every subsequent Wednesday (and sometimes earlier) the hashtag has seen action, and not just due to my own fervid zealotry, … Continue reading

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Jazzhole

The fact that I was grooving on Andrew Hill, coupled with the fact that I decided to check out  his Andrew!!! (literally, I got the cd at the library) because I saw that John Gilmore, longtime collaborator of Sun Ra, … Continue reading

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Sons of Surgeons

I was once in an alt-rockin’ trio called “Spanking Machine.”  The fellow who played bass, Kurt, was the son of a brain surgeon. My father, it just so happened, was an orthopedic surgeon. One day, Kurt said that we should … Continue reading

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MarketingProfs Digital Mixer, Here I Come!

I’m off to MarketingProfs’ Digital Mixer in Chicago this morning and I’m practically giddy. Look, I’m a people person and if there is one thing that conferences like this have, it’s people. The bonus is that in this case, I’ve … Continue reading

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First Principles

Chaos is our mother. ∞ The entire history of the universe unwinds in the transition of diverse high energy states into a single low energy state. When the universal stuff has achieved a uniform temperature, it will be completely and … Continue reading

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