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90s Budget Surpluses – Never Again

I am sure that everyone will be talking about the Nineties and how we had so much money and blah blah blah.  People always seem to think that things were 100 times better AND 100 times worse back in the day than they are now.  But on this one, the whole Federal surplus thing, I…

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Could he still be alive?

The monk is thought to have performed a gruesome meditation ritual involving self-mummification that took over six years. Encased in a gilded statue his 1,000 year old mummy was revealed to be still perfectly posed in a meditation posture by CAT scan images performed at the Meander Center in the Netherlands. In addition to the…

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How Not to Renovate a Condo in 5 Years

So I bought my first place at the end of 2009. Yes, that’s right, I was some kind of future real estate mogul super genius who bought during the downturn in the market. Save your applause. I bought a small 500 SF condo in East Boston. And I had plans to do a bunch of…

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The Greatest Thinking Sideways Podcast Interview in the World

To all of you who jumped on the podcast bandwagon when Serial became a thing: there are other ones out there, you know.  And if Serial is your bag then you are either a mystery buff, a true crime buff, or both.  And that means for a lot of you the Thinking Sideways Podcast will…

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Sunday Pic Dump

I have WAYYYY too much crap on my computer and I need to get rid of it.  But since I don’t like to prevent the potential LOLZ, I am just dumping them in big batches on Sundays from now on.  If you like something, yay.  But the odds of you not liking anything are pretty…

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1997 – Chris Rock – Bring the Pain

In 1996 (I called this 1997 because he won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1997 for it) Chris Rock gave us some things that have lasted forever during his Bring the Pain set.  The one I think most people remember is the divisive and often misunderstood “black people…