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Perhaps you can meet her now. Her blog is woefully out of date, though this twitter appears possibly to be the real mccoy: http://twitter.com/cmcglade
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CarolynMichele: "Equal rights for all should trump the notion of one section of the population being able to vote to take rights away from another segment of the population." So...would you have this apply to gays, immigrants, 18 year olds, and fetuses? All four are segments of society who have had rights taken away from them. (18 year olds used to be able to drink legally in many states.) As to the last in the series, personally, I believe the rights of the pregnant mother should trump the rights of the unborn fetus, but I know that some people disagree with me. The problem is that when the interests of multiple segments of society come into conflict, the only way to resolve the conflict is by a vote. A_C: "it seems the same people who want their voices heard are now pissed that the majority didn't agree with their voices. Sorry, but isn't that the democracy so many cheer for?" When one of those two segments loses the vote, their duty as citizens is not to roll over and shut up, but to continue to press their case. Which is what Wil and others are doing. Making the case for the next time a vote occurs. As Victor Hugo once said: "No army can resist an idea whose time has come." But sometimes the idea marches more slowly than some would like.
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CarolynMichele: "Equal rights for all should trump the notion of one section of the population being able to vote to take rights away from another segment of the population." So...would you have this apply to gays, immigrants, 18 year olds, and fetuses? All four are segments of society who have had rights taken away from them. (18 year olds used to be able to drink legally in many states.) As to the last in the series, personally, I believe the rights of the pregnant mother should trump the rights of the unborn fetus, but I know that some people disagree with me. The problem is that when the interests of multiple segments of society come into conflict, the only way to resolve the conflict is by a vote. A_C: "it seems the same people who want their voices heard are now pissed that the majority didn't agree with their voices. Sorry, but isn't that the democracy so many cheer for?" When one of those two segments loses the vote, their duty as citizens is not to roll over and shut up, but to continue to press their case. Which is what Wil and others are doing. Making the case for the next time a vote occurs. As Victor Hugo once said: "No army can resist an idea whose time has come." But sometimes the idea marches more slowly than some would like.
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It doesn't solve the problem of current users - but I HOPE as our education system is teaching students how to use computers, it is also teaching them *safety*. Not that teens taught safe driving habits in Driver's Ed utilize them. Or those who are taught safe sexual habits. But that's generally because driving fast is fun, and well obviously... Being suckered is never fun, so if we are taught early safe computing habits, maybe there will be less idiots.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2008 on the ghosts in the machine at WWdN: In Exile
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It doesn't solve the problem of current users - but I HOPE as our education system is teaching students how to use computers, it is also teaching them *safety*. Not that teens taught safe driving habits in Driver's Ed utilize them. Or those who are taught safe sexual habits. But that's generally because driving fast is fun, and well obviously... Being suckered is never fun, so if we are taught early safe computing habits, maybe there will be less idiots.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2008 on the ghosts in the machine at WWdN: In Exile
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The metaphor I like is "The Mule". You can plot out your novel like Hari Seldon mapped out his psychohistory, but you can't predict The Mule that will appear and disrupt everything you had planned.
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The metaphor I like is "The Mule". You can plot out your novel like Hari Seldon mapped out his psychohistory, but you can't predict The Mule that will appear and disrupt everything you had planned.
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The metaphor I like is "The Mule". You can plot out your novel like Hari Seldon mapped out his psychohistory, but you can't predict The Mule that will appear and disrupt everything you had planned.
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The metaphor I like is "The Mule". You can plot out your novel like Hari Seldon mapped out his psychohistory, but you can't predict The Mule that will appear and disrupt everything you had planned.
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Hillary's problem is not that she inspires hatred in Republicans -- as has been pointed out, Republicans will vote Republican. (The more conservative ones may not vote for McCain. They may actually stay home. But I think that is regardless of whether Clinton or Obama are the Democratic nominee.) I know Independents who are tired of the GOP, but who will not vote for Clinton. They'd probably vote third party with Romney. Which doesn't help or hurt Clinton, but I worry that McCain might convince them he's still moderate. On a sidenote: Go Brattleboro!
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Hillary's problem is not that she inspires hatred in Republicans -- as has been pointed out, Republicans will vote Republican. (The more conservative ones may not vote for McCain. They may actually stay home. But I think that is regardless of whether Clinton or Obama are the Democratic nominee.) I know Independents who are tired of the GOP, but who will not vote for Clinton. They'd probably vote third party with Romney. Which doesn't help or hurt Clinton, but I worry that McCain might convince them he's still moderate. On a sidenote: Go Brattleboro!
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Another reason political correctness won't ever get ahold of it is that it is the "International Astronomical Union" not the "American Astronomical Union". There are already asteroids named after Russkies, Krauts, and Japs. And there's even an asteroid called Rumpelstiltsken! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meanings_of_asteroid_names
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2007 on oh my! at WWdN: In Exile
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Another reason political correctness won't ever get ahold of it is that it is the "International Astronomical Union" not the "American Astronomical Union". There are already asteroids named after Russkies, Krauts, and Japs. And there's even an asteroid called Rumpelstiltsken! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meanings_of_asteroid_names
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2007 on oh my! at WWdN: In Exile
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It's not age. I'm older than you, but understood the 2nd msg with absolute clarity the first read through. "When you get me can you take me and danny to john's house to do homework please for school” The 1st msg was a little more confusing, but it was still readable. "Mom will be gone. You're going to dinner thing right? But 5 is fine then, Ok.”
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2007 on ill communication at WWdN: In Exile
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It's not age. I'm older than you, but understood the 2nd msg with absolute clarity the first read through. "When you get me can you take me and danny to john's house to do homework please for school” The 1st msg was a little more confusing, but it was still readable. "Mom will be gone. You're going to dinner thing right? But 5 is fine then, Ok.”
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2007 on ill communication at WWdN: In Exile
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Well, maybe you can publish a 2-for-1 edition, so those who didn't buy the first book because it was only about 92 pages, and wouldn't buy your new one because it is only about 88 pages, will think "180 pages is closer to a real book." It's probably not going to have an effect on the price, so those who didn't mind the page count and bought the first book, would still buy the combined book for the new half, and be happy they have the original 'now collectible' version of the first. (I am basing word count above on the standard estimate of 250 words = 1 page)
Toggle Commented May 20, 2007 on about that new book . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Well, maybe you can publish a 2-for-1 edition, so those who didn't buy the first book because it was only about 92 pages, and wouldn't buy your new one because it is only about 88 pages, will think "180 pages is closer to a real book." It's probably not going to have an effect on the price, so those who didn't mind the page count and bought the first book, would still buy the combined book for the new half, and be happy they have the original 'now collectible' version of the first. (I am basing word count above on the standard estimate of 250 words = 1 page)
Toggle Commented May 20, 2007 on about that new book . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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But it is a UFO. Until we identify it. Then it becomes an IFO. If we identify it as a spaceship, it is still an IFO. I believe in UFOs because there are many objects in the sky I can't identify on sight. Of course, if it isn't moving, it's an Uunidentified Stationary Object.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2007 on as a matter of fact, it's all dark at WWdN: In Exile
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But it is a UFO. Until we identify it. Then it becomes an IFO. If we identify it as a spaceship, it is still an IFO. I believe in UFOs because there are many objects in the sky I can't identify on sight. Of course, if it isn't moving, it's an Uunidentified Stationary Object.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2007 on as a matter of fact, it's all dark at WWdN: In Exile
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it'd be like the shoemaker's kids being barefoot, if they weren't geeks at all, and only listened to reality shows and top-40 music. Or it's like a shoemaker's kids choosing to go barefoot because they don't like shoes. Which is different. In your case, your kids like shoes, just not the ones you make/made. And while I haven't watched Monday night's episode yet, Heroes is that great.
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it'd be like the shoemaker's kids being barefoot, if they weren't geeks at all, and only listened to reality shows and top-40 music. Or it's like a shoemaker's kids choosing to go barefoot because they don't like shoes. Which is different. In your case, your kids like shoes, just not the ones you make/made. And while I haven't watched Monday night's episode yet, Heroes is that great.
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So...psychohistory, catch-22, and malaprop are cro-sniglets? Words that should have beeen in the dictionary and weren't, but created prior to 1980.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2007 on what are words for? at WWdN: In Exile
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So...psychohistory, catch-22, and malaprop are cro-sniglets? Words that should have beeen in the dictionary and weren't, but created prior to 1980.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2007 on what are words for? at WWdN: In Exile
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I misread the words in the final link, but while the pictures weren't what I was expecting, they were still well done.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2006 on cold shore at WWdN: In Exile
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I misread the words in the final link, but while the pictures weren't what I was expecting, they were still well done.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2006 on cold shore at WWdN: In Exile
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