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Stop — Don’t Stop!

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 14:44:16 +0000

(I performed this story at the Houston Liars’ Contest about 6 months ago). Last Friday I was taking a walk through my neighborhood when I happened to lean against a stop sign. To my surprise, the sign started tilting, and before I could do anything, it fell into the street. “You idiot!” a voice cried. […]

Who will NOT be president in 2021

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:58:50 +0000

Exactly 4 years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about who would be president in 2017 by figuring out who could not possibly win. (I basically predicted it would be Jeb Bush vs.  Andrew Cuomo). I had fun writing this article and I tried to take the exercise seriously even though it was just an […]

Movie Recommendations for 1st Year College Students

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:22:15 +0000

When I was  a teenager,  I watched way too  many  mainstream  movies specifically targeted to my age group. I generally hated these things.    Thanks to a decent art-house  theatre in my city, an intellectually adventurous  high school girlfriend, a new Blockbuster video rental store   and a brilliant film lover at my college, I had no […]

Take my online survey about music listening habits!

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:24:29 +0000

I am writing an article (and eventually a book) on music listening habits. For this article I prepared this survey (which should take about 8-15 minutes to complete). As an aside, I am curious exactly how hard it will be to recruit people to fill out this survey. I plastered the URL on my other […]

“Must Have 5+ Years Experience” Fallacy

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:07:56 +0000

I originally wrote this article in Spring 2002 — during a long and painful bout of unemployment). I have more up-to-date thoughts on the topic which I will  post eventually. Why does every job ad require 5 years of experience? What does this mean anyway? 5 years experience with the same job title? That is […]

Are Meetings Productive?

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00:29 +0000

This is one of the first articles I created for the Internet on my domain. I wrote it July 2001. I’m reproducing it here. While working at Dell, I spent an an extraordinary amount of time at meetings. A good number seemed to be a waste of time or could have easily taken place […]

Ok, what happened to my old stuff?

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:59:00 +0000

In 2000 or so I bought the domain. I had intended it to be my professional portfolio site, with some bloggy articles on it. This would contrast that with my personal domain which would contain my (nonpseudonymous) personal/creative stuff.    About 5 or 10 years ago, I decided not to renew the domain […]