Doubling Down on Destruction

Austerity’s Cost: Abandoned Children in Europe (CNBC via yahoo.com) I should have known better than to blog here about how I hadn’t been subjected to much right-wing advertising about the coming election given my position in a “swing state” and the obscene amounts of money likely to be spent on advertising this year. Earlier this week I got hit with the same video seven times in one day from one of those right-wing PACs advocating for debt reduction, recycling the same canards about how the…

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.photography update

New in .photography: Downtime at the University of Toledo. I headed over there yesterday to take more photos for the .musecast and check out all the changes there since I hadn’t been there in a few years. It was definitely an interesting time, and I made sure to get plenty of interior and exterior shots so you all can take a virtual tour of one of my old haunts. (I also made the thumbnails bigger — it is 2012, after all — so you should…

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The Only Difference Between Genius and Insanity is Success

Although I’ve heard that statement throughout my life, I associate it most with Donnie D’Amato, whom I first became aware of through his amazing dance game performances when I got into dance games about nine years ago. (His new site, schema.tc, is really worth checking out.) In a way the statement embodies American pragmatism, but it’s also kind of a sad statement to me, because I think when you consider that it implies that anything that doesn’t succeed must therefore be insane, it shows the…

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The Power of Labels

One of the least palatable parts of working to increase the potential audience for your writing — what’s called “building an author platform” in industry lingo — is making comments on other sites, blogs and news sites and such. Although intelligent debate is possible online, it can be hard to come by, especially in political circles. Given that there are significant political undercurrents in The Prostitutes of Lake Wobegon, I really can’t avoid political sites because the politically-minded are one of my target demographics. Recently one…

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Married to Hatred

Democrats look to back gay marriage at convention (Reuters) In the wake of the whole controversy over Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy coming out forcefully against same-sex marriage, I got treated to one of my Facebook friends trying to argue the issue with a Chick-Fil-A supporter who repeatedly asserted that homosexuality is morally equivalent to murder. It reminded me of my recent observations on the difficulties in trying to have real conversations with people on issues like reforming drug laws and legalizing prostitution, as did the…

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