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10 April 2010
by andrew
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clarity is cold comfort

It’s just incredible to me that the temperature has fallen to near freezing tonight, and possibly will drop below that. Don’t get me wrong, even though I’m from the mildness of coastal California (the Bay Area, mainly), I’ve spent the … Continue reading

10 March 2009
by andrew
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home economy

There was an empty space on the supermarket shelf in the prepackaged foods section. Kraft macaroni and cheese, classic version, was selling at 10 for $10 or $1 per box. The rest of the individually selling Kraft styles – the … Continue reading

18 February 2009
by andrew
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lactose prejudice

I used to have dairy products all the time as a kid: milk with cereal, milk with cream of wheat, ice cream, milk with cookies, and less often, milk on its own. Then I noticed that drinking milk by itself … Continue reading

1 February 2009
by andrew

сколько лет, сколько зим

I’m a huge fan of re-photography – the practice of re-staging old photographs as precisely as possible and then comparing the earlier and later. Third View, focusing on the American west, is a good example. But these shots of St. … Continue reading

1 February 2009
by andrew
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how amusing

The new administration and new Congress are bringing change to the federal government and that change has to be covered. But how deeply? Institutions are important, but except to those who love this sort of stuff, reading writing about institutions … Continue reading

8 January 2009
by andrew
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if it’s not in a dictionary, is it even a word?

Often, yes.

18 December 2008
by andrew
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home economics

The supermarket is running a sale on some Progresso soups: 10 cans for $10. Other Progresso soups were the regular price. The shelves for the full price soups were nearly full, the sale soups nearly sold out. Only a few … Continue reading

19 July 2008
by andrew
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queue is for quiescent

The discussion of attempted line-jumping reminds me of a discussion of queuing behavior in Russia – focused mostly on the Soviet era, but with reference to more recent times – that I read on the h-russia e-mail list years ago. … Continue reading