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This blog gets about 10,000 unique visitors a week and the podcasts (one per week) get 1,000 visitors (and around 100 downloads) per week. Since our fans tend to be smarter and better looking than the average humans we have decided to give you this rare chance to introduce your business to them directly. Our fans tend to be 25+ years old, college educated and have full time jobs. In other words, they can afford the stuff you’re selling. And, if they like it, they will tell their friends. ****************…

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Panspermia Hysteria?

Panspermia (Greek: πανσπερμία from πᾶς/πᾶν (pas/pan) “all” and σπέρμα (sperma) “seed”) is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, comets and planetoids. That little thought is the basis for some fun movies, like Evolution, and some wildly inaccurate ramblings about ancient aliens. The latter annoy me but the ancient alien adherents are easy enough to debunk when you stick to logic and easy to verify facts. I’ve done so before and will probably have to do so again some day. All that being said, that…

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Ghost of the Gods

I enter contests all the time. I never win any of them, but I enter them anyway. My ex wife used to buy $20 worth of lottery tickets, get $10 back and claim she’d won. I’m not like that. I don’t enter contests for money, just the fun ones. Due to the interactive nature of this interweb thingie which encompasses our little worlds I have, nevertheless, made friends this way. Maybe not BFFs, but still neat new people I would otherwise have missed. So my life is a little richer…

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Shallow End Of The Gene Pool

Once upon a time in a land not that far away I knew a guy who was a complete and total loser. And, yes, I realize that that’s redundant. I don’t care. He took epic fail to heretofore unimagined heights. I will give you an example; He found the love of his life in a brothel. Not once did it occur to him that her kindness and willingness to do fun stuff might, just might, be a part of her profession. To her credit, and I met her a few…

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Stuff and Nonsense

Today my magic robot – it’s part unicorn, part Tobor – brought me stories from everywhere but with no common theme. While that can, occasionally, be disconcerting, today I found it oddly refreshing. No overwhelming levels of Floridian stupidity, no depressing kittens being sacrificed at raves, no bizarre political stuff that makes my brain hurt …. in fact, it was just a collection of stuff that was so weird it seemed normal to me. Technically, according to the Internet, I’ve written lots of crap about nothing at all so why…

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9/11

On September 11, 2001, I was starting my day as I usually did. I was at Richard’s, at the corner of Halsted and Grand, drinking grapefruit juice and coffee. Some mornings Gene Siskel would be there. This morning he wasn’t. The news was on because that’s how we rolled back then. They were showing the first tower as it burned. Details were sketchy. All anyone knew was that a plane may have crashed into the tower. People forget now how little anyone knew as the day was unfolding. Certainly no…

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Planning is Key

There are times when you have to shield your eyes because the stupid shines so bright. Today I was going to write about naked criminals in Florida. The state appears to be festooned with them. But then I received an email, which I will quote without naming the author, that changed my whole day. It said, “How come you don’t write about the AG asteroid (AG means Alien Grown) that the aliens have aimed at us? Are you one of their lackeys?” Now, to be fair, seeing “lackey” used in…

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What Year is This Again?

You and I both know that racism isn’t dead. Back in November of 2011 Eric Ries wrote a tremendous article about the homegeny of the tech world. It contained one of my favorite lines, and it echoed a theme I have long espoused. “This is why I personally care about diversity: it’s the canary in the coal mine for meritocracy. When we see extremely skewed demographics, we have very good reason to suspect that something is wrong with our selection process, that it’s not actually as meritocratic as it could…

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