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Maybe it has happened to you—it finally happened to me. You open an attachment directly in Outlook Express, edit it, and hit Save. Not Save As…—Save. Good luck trying to find the edited document. I thought I could find where the document was saved by clicking on the attachment again, hitting Save As…, looking at […]

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Hot on the heels of a widely slammed article about global warming, William Broad of the New York Times wisely took on a cooler subject yesterday: big snowflakes. Hey, wasn’t I just talking about that? Someone’s been reading my mail blog. Broad writes about credible reports of snowflakes the size of frisbees and how this […]

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On December 31, I thought about resolving to be even lazier in 2007 than I was in 2006, but I never got around to it.

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I’ve been holding off commenting on the Litvinenko case, because … well, because I can’t make heads or tails of it. As international mysteries go, this one is particularly murky. But that doesn’t keep the preternaturally astute Charles Krauthammer from sharing his indisputable conclusion that Vladimir Putin did it. Fresh from his astounding success at […]

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Every once in a while I check the spam filter here in the Basement, just to be sure a legitimate comment hasn’t been trapped. (It hasn’t happened yet.) Today, out of twelve bits of spam, only one was in English. The rest were Chinese. What gives with that? That’s not the ratio with my e-mail […]

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I had an Inca Kola today at El Pollo Rico. Man, is that stuff sweet! Tastes sort of like bubblegum, which made me wonder: what the heck is bubblegum flavor? I mean, it must be built out of something—some well-defined set of flavors in certain proportions. I know it has vanilla in it. My tablemate, […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman