Category Archive: Off Topic

Oct 06

Steve Jobs: Live Before You Die

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        I promise not to get caught up in the deification of Steve Jobs, but anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been a serious Mac geek for decades. In 2005 Steve Jobs gave a speech at Stanford entitled “How to live before you die.” It’s wonderful.

Jul 01

“Weird Tales” Reproductions (featuring H.P. Lovecraft!)

Weird Tales reproductions from H.P.L.H.S.

OK, this is totally off topic, but it’s been a long week, my projects are done, and it’s gorgeous outside. (Plus there is also the thrill of scooping Dr. Skyskull on something related to weird fiction.) The folks at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, which sells all sorts of clever Lovecraft novelty items (my favorite …

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Jun 06

Government Inaction in Action

So, I’m trying to get an EIN (the business equivalent of a Social Security Number). Ostensibly you type your information into an online form on the IRS page, opt to have the letter delivered electronically, and a few minutes later you are registered. Except that the process crashes to a halt with a “technical difficulty” …

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