Archive for September, 2010

Mother 93

September 13, 2010

There have been many surreal moments in popular music during my (and your) lifetime, moments in which you could consciously feel that something bigger than usual was happening. The most obvious (for me) was the release of the Smells Like Teen Spirit video, and then the ascendency of Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Piolots, and...
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Fahrenheit 451

September 11, 2010

I give up. I thought for sure American politics had hits its local maxima for ridiculousness at several points this past year, but now we’re having a national debate over book burning. I know. The President has dispatched some shuttle diplomacy down to the Confederacy in order to negotiate a pre-emptive cease-burning with an...
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On The Idea of Repealing the 17th Amendment

September 8, 2010
On The Idea of Repealing the 17th Amendment

It sure looks like the summer of 2010 is destined to be remembered as the time when everyone seemed to want to get themselves some Constitutional amending. And I’m not talking about your garden-variety balanced-budget amendment or flag-burning amendment or school prayer amendment or line-item veto amendment or any of the other 75 or...
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How valuable is a great kicker?

September 1, 2010

Simple question: What is the minimum value of X that would make the following proposition true? If the worst team in the league had a field goal kicker that was automatic from inside X yards, they would immediately be the favorite to win the championship. Some things to consider as you formulate an answer:
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