Archive for December, 2005

Bring On the New Year

Posted December 31, 2005 By Dave Thomer

I just finished bringing my Quicken records of my credit union accounts up to date for 2005. Unfortunately, there are still several accounts left tp update, but that ain’t happenin’ before midnight. The exercise has definitely reminded me I need to stay on top of my record keeping a little better this year. So let’s […]

Utensils: Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

Posted December 31, 2005 By Dave Thomer

Last night I finally put into practice a suggestion from Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen. I had been getting frustrated at the tangle of cooking tools contained in various drawers in the kitchen. So last night I emptied all the drawers onto the counter, sorted the tools into groups (tongs, spatulas, scoops, etc.), and […]

You Pays Your Taxes, You Take Your Chances

Posted December 30, 2005 By Dave Thomer

Goss over at Project Antares has declared Wednesdays to be his What If Wednesday days, where he tosses out whatever idea has been percolating in his brain amongst all the stories and other creative pursuits. Last week he suggested the following: What if– instead of just sending an amount of money to the IRS every […]

Credit to Bob Barr for Consistency

Posted December 28, 2005 By Dave Thomer

I was not a huge fan of Bob Barr during the Clinton impeachment. I disagreed with the case that he was making and I often disagreed with the way he made it. I have little doubt that my feelings were influenced by the belief that the process of investigations that led to the impeachment was […]

Blogging Bioethics

Posted December 28, 2005 By Dave Thomer

When I was an undergraduate and decided to major in philosophy, the department advisor asked me what I was planning to do with my future. The answer I gave bore very little resemblance to how the next ten-plus years of my life would go. Regardless, he was honest with me about the employment prospects, and […]

Recharging the Batteries

Posted December 27, 2005 By Dave Thomer

Shaking off the last of the holiday fatigue. I hope everyone out there had at least half a good as time as I did over the last few days. We got a lot of my mom’s side of the family together for a Christmas brunch, in which I got to don my new Alton Brown […]

Give Me a Break, Hallmark

Posted December 23, 2005 By Dave Thomer

I took my daughter Alex around the corner to the Hallmark store to pick out ornaments for this year. Got a cute little mark-your-kid’s-age ornament, which was nice. And Alex wanted to get the Princess Leia ornament that’s the latest in Hallmark’s numbered series of Star Wars characters. I’ve been collecting that series anyway, so […]

The Man in Superman

Posted December 22, 2005 By Dave Thomer

OK, Netflix just delivered the first disc of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman season 1. And I may very well review the whole set when I’m finished. But between this, Superman Returns, DC’s Infinite Crisis and One Year Later extravaganzas, and maybe the occasional Smallville episode, I figure I’m going to do […]

Trouble With a Capital Tea

Posted December 22, 2005 By Dave Thomer

So we’re out of beverages in the house, and Pattie tells me there’s a sale on Snapple at the Acme around the corner. And I do love me my Snapple. I could probably quit caffeine if not for Snapple. And chocolate. And Excedrin. But anyway. I wanted Snapple. So Brian and I head around the […]

All by Design

Posted December 21, 2005 By Dave Thomer

A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush has ruled that intelligent design can not be taught as science. The school board of Dover, Pennsylvania had tried to require science teachers to deliver a disclaimer about alleged gaps in the theory of evolution, and claimed that they were just putting forth another scientific theory rather […]