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Tax The Old

Picture of old people by All Chrome on Flickr

Productivity has skyrocketed in the past three decades, but all of the surplus has been captured by the top 1%. Wages have been flat. The workforce has lost a lot of leverage due to the cost savings of machines, labor competition with the third world and the migration of women into the workforce. All of […]

Rummaging Around An Old Hard Drive

Old Muddylemon Masthead

I couldn’t find any usb drives tonight so i brought out an old external hard drive. That picture is one of the first “mastheads” of muddylemon.com circa the late 90s. I also found this poem from the same time period: Different Person i used to be a different person, I used to have different thoughts […]

How To Do It

Woman programming a huge early computer

Perl There’s more than one way to do it Python There is one way to do it PHP I found a way to do it but it didn’t work. I’m just going to do it in WordPress ColdFusion You can do that? .NET There is one way to do it, but you can do it […]

Dreamhost is incompetent

This site was offline for three days due to the unbelievable incompetence of Dreamhost. There is no excuse for a company in the business of hosting websites to fail so miserably and so often. The reason for the outage is unclear, their infrequent updates would refer to different pieces of failing hardware. The backup server, […]

Online Audio Is A Poor Format For Learning Code

Saw a link to a “radio show” about Advanced OO Patterns. I thought that was an odd format for a topic like that. Online audio presentations are great for ideas that live mostly inside your head, but code you usually need to write down. I clicked the link and found a flash-based audio player. No […]

Two Player Game

When I was a kid my dad bought us a video game system for Christmas. This was in the early eighties — the height of the Atari era. We got a Coleco-vision. It came with Donkey Kong. We were lucky that it came with a game because there weren’t any other games available. Literally. The […]

Shoulders

A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently, looking two times north and south, because his son is asleep on his shoulder. No car must splash him. No car drive too near to his shadow. This man carries the world’s most sensitive cargo but he’s not marked. Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE, HANDLE […]

Lying At The Barbershop

Photo of an old barbershop

The guy that usually cuts my hair wasn’t in today. I always wait for him when I go in. Not because he’s a particularly skillful barber, but because of an awkward moment that happened the first time I went to that barbershop. I had gone in for a haircut after a two year hiatus. For […]

The Once A Year Card

Are you the sort of person that never remembers to buy cards? Birthdays, Christmas, Get Well…. it just doesn’t occur to you. It’s not that you don’t love the people in your life, you’re just not the sort to express it by buying stationery. Here’s your solution: The Once A Year Card It’s a card […]

For You Mamasita

Corpo de Mujer Cuerpo de mujer, blancas colinas, muslos blancos, te pareces al mundo en tu actitud de entrega. Mi cuerpo de labriego salvaje te socava y hace saltar el hijo del fondo de la tierra. Fui solo como un túnel. De mí huían los pájaros y en mí la noche entraba su invasión poderosa. […]

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