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Book review: The Best American Essays 2022, ed. by Alexander Chee

posted: June 16, 2024

tl;dr: An above-average essay anthology for both quality and quantity...

Not everything can be fixed

posted: June 8, 2024

tl;dr: The reasons that some products just cannot be repaired, no matter what...

Why your refrigerator won’t tell you the temperature

posted: June 2, 2024

tl;dr: You might think your refrigerator’s top priority is keeping your food at the desired temperature, but it isn’t...

Performance review: David Sedaris at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, May 10, 2024

posted: May 25, 2024

tl;dr: A pleasant evening of Sedaris reading Sedaris while the audience laughs and sometimes cries along...

Parsing Francis Collins’s comments on what happened in D.C.

posted: May 4, 2024

tl;dr: Collins openly states the main error made in the U.S. government’s pandemic response...

Dodging the cold at Big Sky

posted: April 28, 2024

tl;dr: It’s going to take an awful lot of global warming to turn Montana into the next Colorado...

A 20th century biker rides a 21st century bike

posted: April 20, 2024

tl;dr: First and foremost a motorcycle should be fun, and the e-motorcycle I rode certainly was...

Book review: Ghost Town Living: Mining for Purpose and Chasing Dreams at the Edge of Death Valley, by Brent Underwood

posted: April 13, 2024

tl;dr: Fans of the YouTube channel will enjoy the stories, revelations, and confessions in this book...

Performance review: George Thorogood and the Destroyers at WestWorld of Scottsdale, April 5, 2024

posted: April 6, 2024

tl;dr: Definitely still rocking after fifty years...

Forty year lookback at my Commodore 64, part two

posted: March 23, 2024

tl;dr: What I did with my Commodore 64...

Forty year lookback at my Commodore 64, part one

posted: March 23, 2024

tl;dr: I have a hard time remembering my second computer, but I will never forget my first...

In praise of landfills

posted: March 16, 2024

tl;dr: If you don’t like landfills, try living without them...

Book review: The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

posted: March 10, 2024

tl;dr: A detailed look at the U.S.’s bioweapons programs and how they led to the COVID-19 pandemic...

The smartphone will help you rent your home now

posted: February 18, 2024

tl;dr: With some prep and perseverance, you can rent a home with your phone...

The perfect number of resources

posted: February 11, 2024

tl;dr: Zero, one, and infinity are the only perfect numbers for resources...

Avoiding overkill

posted: January 30, 2024

tl;dr: There’s a downside to doing more than is necessary...

Book review: Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall, by Zeke Faux

posted: January 27, 2024

tl;dr: A series of vignettes to remind us of the excesses and inanities of the cryptocurrency boom of 2020-2022...

Book review: The Best American Short Stories 2022, ed. by Andrew Sean Greer

posted: January 20, 2024

tl;dr: A healthy dose of fantasy makes this an above average anthology of short stories...

Movie review: Pluto

posted: January 7, 2024

tl;dr: An eight hour-long futuristic anime that addresses one of the major themes from Blade Runner...

The #OriginOfCovid raccoon dog that did not bark

posted: January 6, 2024

tl;dr: If B necessarily follows A, and B is not observed, then we can conclude something about A...