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“Don’t forget to move your car,” my dad said. “It’s a thirty-seven dollar ticket for  parking in front of our house.” “Thirty-seven exactly? And you knew that off the top of your head?” “Of course I did. Want to see … Continue reading

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One Hubcap ‘Cause Three Got Stolen

I remember driving alone from Vermont back to Western Mass a few months after I’d started driving, and feeling like the trip was an object lesson in gorgeous road metaphors. The curves in the mountain roads, blind corners, broad views down the mountain, … Continue reading

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Buzz Off

So, how about that Google Buzz, huh? Google’s last toy, Google Wave, was kind of a flop for me because it seemed like a neat collaborative tool, but none of my friends were on it yet. (On a reread, doesn’t … Continue reading

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Standard Deviations

I went back to my old high school to see my old stats and programming teacher.  He was supervising a study hall on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when I came in. What I meant to say was, thanks for putting … Continue reading

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Nancy Drew: Lights, Camera, Curses

What makes Nancy Drew: Lights, Camera, Curses! a girls’ game is the female protagonist. It’s not pink, it’s not cutesy, there are no magic animal friends, there is no shopping. Let me repeat that in case you were skimming. This … Continue reading

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The Case Of The Haunted Windshield

When I was a kid, one of my favorite jokes was about the Viper. A lady in a big house all alone gets a call from “the viper” telling her he’ll see her tomorrow… then tonight… then in 1 hour… … Continue reading

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Legally Southern

I got my North Carolina driver’s license yesterday. I just can’t get over how polite and friendly people are here, even in the DMV. It was still a long process, partly because nothing n North Carolina moves quickly, and partly … Continue reading

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The 440 Is Not A Ring Road

I don’t really like to drive. I think it’s that tiny margin of error between commuting and death that really bothers me. I try to accept that while the rest of the world sees “run out to the store” as … Continue reading

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Graffiti With Chinese Characteristics

I’ve noticed that Beijing is really low on graffiti. There are exceptions — names and dates scratched into the Great Wall or dust-signatures on cars — but there are almost no spray-painted tags or the type of graffiti I’d expect … Continue reading

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Tarts And Vicars

I was about to write a witty and insightful post, in which I would cut-and-paste things Eliot Spitzer said about how Grand Theft Auto is ruining America’s morals, and mix in his recent statements about how he’s awfully sorry about … Continue reading

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