January 31, 2014

The Latest



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January 23, 2014

Most Improved Synchronized Swimmer, '88


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January 22, 2014

A lot can happen in six months

The Washington Post has now absorbed two of the blogosphere's most important, long-standing libertarian-ish voices, Radley Balko and the Volokh Conspiracy.

I haven't read any commentary on this (though I'm sure it's out there) but it's obviously reason enough to appreciate the new Bezos/Amazon WaPo regime. These are voices that deserve to be heard, and amplified, particularly Balko's.

Unfortunately, there's a (deferred) cost: after a six month adjustment period, this content will, it appears, be trundled behind the WaPo's fairly breach-able paywall. (This is true of the Volokh blog at least; but I've been reading Balko since it began and haven't hit any walls yet.) It won't affect the casual reader overmuch, and as the Volokh post points out, there are easy if cumbersome ways around it if you are determined to find them, but it also undermines the voices-that-deserve-to-be-heard cheer rationale mentioned above. Nevertheless, a lot can happen in half a year.

At any rate, two cheers for Bezos. There are ways to earn that third cheer. Including access in the Amazon Prime package would work for me.

Posted by Dr. Frank at 05:16 PM

January 17, 2014


Never been a video gamer, but this one could well tempt me...


(Thanks Jean!)

Posted by Dr. Frank at 05:42 PM

January 16, 2014

Guess what I'm typing right now...


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January 15, 2014

Widows and Orphans

Ah, finally figured out how to turn off the thing in Pages where it changes "--" to an m-dash (or something) and miniaturizes "..." It's "Substitutions" in the edit menu. I wrote a whole book being helplessly incensed by that effrontery. (Of course it is miles and miles better than MSW, which seems to change random things randomly and to switch them back on mysteriously even when you do manage to find the strange places where the off-switches are hidden.)

I can't be the only person who would prefer that the default be that what you actually type is what is displayed and saved, but at least I figured this one out.

Incidental to my search, I found a check box for "prevent widows and orphans," under a category called "More." It never occurred to me to expect my word processor to address this issue, but it seems like a laudable goal. Glad to know my typing is doing its part. You can thank me by buying my book.

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January 07, 2014

Altis vocibus Baphometh invocaverunt

Satanic Temple unveils 7-foot goat-headed Baphomet statue for Oklahoma Capitol:

Posted by Dr. Frank at 12:23 AM

January 06, 2014

Children's Authors Read On-line Reviews of Their Own Books

Parts 2 and 3 here.

(via Bookshelves of Doom.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at 09:50 PM

January 02, 2014

Inlayed and Fretted


Posted by Dr. Frank at 05:22 PM

Guitar Lesson


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