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    Anyone who works in any aspect of publishing has...

    Anyone who works in any aspect of publishing has seen huge changes in technology that have resulted in huge gains in productivity.

    The worth of what we produce is a separate question:

    “We are...
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    It's more than just minerals. It's sand...

    It's more than just minerals. It's sand. Greenland's rapidly melting ice sheets are creating millions of tons of sand. Trump is using his superior brain to corner the market on sand. We lesser...
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    If the Danes are willing to sell, I'm prepared to...

    If the Danes are willing to sell, I'm prepared to go as high as $499.
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    Some interesting background on the real Fredo...

    Some interesting background on the real Fredo, as well as on John Cazale, the wonderful actor who played him and who died too young.

    My favorite Cazale role wasn't Fredo, though, it was Sal, Al...
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    I'm fairly tuned into NYC Italian-American...

    I'm fairly tuned into NYC Italian-American culture, and I was unaware that "Fredo" is some kind of deadly insult. An insult, sure, but a dismissive one. Certain not equivalent to "the n-word."

    In...
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    When I was in high school my sister went with...

    When I was in high school my sister went with some friends to see a new sensation named Bette Midler. She liked Bette, but was even more captivated when her music director played a few songs during...
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    Talk about false equivalence. Someone who mows...

    Talk about false equivalence. Someone who mows down 22 (by the latest report) people with an assault rifle is the same as some bunch of politically correct whiners on Twitter?

    Listen to yourself....
  8. This is my main beef with modern life--it's too...

    This is my main beef with modern life--it's too damn complicated. I have by far the simplest life of anyone I know, and I still can't keep track of all the stuff that I'm supposed to keep track of....
  9. Thread: Bicycling....

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    I'd like to bike where I live, but I'm frankly...

    I'd like to bike where I live, but I'm frankly terrified. Too much traffic, and roads that were in no way designed to accommodate both cars and bikes.

    I don't think this is an idle fear, either. A...
  10. Thread: Bad words.

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    Forgive me if I'm skeptical of all this. I've...

    Forgive me if I'm skeptical of all this. I've been subjected to plenty of sensitivity training in my day, most of which managed to insult my intelligence, my integrity, or more usually both. But I've...
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    Cable news is the main culprit. They have to be...

    Cable news is the main culprit. They have to be in a lather about something all the time, and the Trump show has been a godsend for them. This is true regardless of political bias. The talking heads...
  12. Thread: New England

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    It's God's country.

    It's God's country.
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    It seems to me that I think I could make the case...

    It seems to me that I think I could make the case that virtually all your reasoning here is laughable. But whatever makes you feel better about yourself.
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    Literacy Volunteers provided training (four...

    Literacy Volunteers provided training (four evening sessions over two weeks, as I recall) and all curriculum materials. The curriculum materials weren't so terribly useful, since although LV tried to...
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    You may not like Hillary, but she would have...

    You may not like Hillary, but she would have governed as a bland, middle-of-the-road technocrat--much like Obama, but without the charisma.

    By the same token, with Trump we're mostly getting...
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    I taught an ESL class for Literacy Volunteers for...

    I taught an ESL class for Literacy Volunteers for a couple of years. I stopped because I'm frankly at an age where I'm kind of worthless after a full day at work and wasn't able to give it my best....
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    I'm old enough to have watched the moon landing....

    I'm old enough to have watched the moon landing. At the time I was just as caught up in the enthusiasm of it all as everyone else, but in hindsight I'm not so sure. I guess you can argue that,...
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    The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight Over the...

    The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight Over the English Language by Peter Martin. Not exactly beach reading, but quite absorbing if you are interested in the history of lexicography. Chronicles how...
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    LOL. PJ O'Rourke once said that when he was young...

    LOL. PJ O'Rourke once said that when he was young he took drugs because they were fun. After he became a Republican, he gave them up, not because he became anti-drug, but because he became anti-fun.
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    I have been to Disneyworld multiple times on...

    I have been to Disneyworld multiple times on business (my company holds a HUGE conference there). I'd always assumed it was the sort of place that would be interesting to see once, and I was right. I...
  21. Thread: World Cup

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    I think those are news reports. Plenty of...

    I think those are news reports. Plenty of commentators pointed out that he looked like he was going to pop a vein.
  22. Thread: Denver, Now

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    Canada Geese are a national security threat. They...

    Canada Geese are a national security threat. They fly over the border and have anchor goslings so they can't be sent back. They refuse to learn English, and they live like animals. They don't even...
  23. Thread: World Cup

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    Lots of people, including me in this very forum,...

    Lots of people, including me in this very forum, had exactly that response--that is, that his sputtering anger showed the opposite of what most people would consider a judicial temperament. The only...
  24. Thread: World Cup

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    It's certainly true that sexism pervaded the...

    It's certainly true that sexism pervaded the coverage--or lack thereof--of the women's World Cup. As I tried to follow the games over the past couple of weeks, I was often struck by how little...
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    All things must pass, I guess. Mad had a huge...

    All things must pass, I guess. Mad had a huge impact on shaping my sensibilities from ages around 10-15 (which is about when Playboy took over). I devoured not only the monthly magazine but the...
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