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Author Archives: Josh Smith

“Useless and necessary”: thoughts on Reflections on the Guillotine

I’m reading Reflections on the Guillotine by Camus. It’s phenomenal and disturbing, as I should have expected. This part really got to me: The State cannot escape the dilemma Beccaria described when he wrote: “If it is important to give the people proofs of power often, then executions must be frequent; but crimes will have … Continue reading »

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Thoughts on another arbitrary Simpsons anniversary

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Simpsons episode The Last Temptation of Krust. That’s the episode where Krusty realized he’s completely out of touch and no longer the behemoth showbiz success he used to be. He has a moment of panicked clarity when he sees Bart’s room, overflowing with his merchandise. View post on … Continue reading »

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My top ten tv shows

Originally posted here. 30 rock arrested development bojack horseman community it’s always sunny parks and rec rick and morty simpsons the wire venture bros   preference order added on 8-21 for crybaby Eric: simpsons arrested development bojack horseman it’s always sunny rick and morty the wire venture bros parks and rec 30 rock community

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Scarlett milestones for the day 2015-05-22

ambiturner: learned how to roll to the left (could already roll right) began to occasionally yell for the fun of it better at reaching for her toys moved up to size two diapers was very well behaved at the fitness center had fun throwing toys out of her stroller while mom worked out

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My Star Wars ABCs

Mary found this article and thought it apropos to us right now, considering we’re expecting and we love Star Wars. My response was more along the lines of “what’s he reading? Star Wars ABCs … maybe I should get that book to read to our kid. No wait! I’ll make my own!” Some pondering, an … Continue reading »

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My answers to Tim Aten’s quiz

The quiz is at the end of this delightful article, and my answers are below.

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Pebble saved my phone today

Left phone on roof of car when I left work tonight. Onramp: took curve a little fast and heard a noise on the roof and then off to my left on the ground. Spider sense tingling. Seconds later, Pebble buzzed with lost bluetooth connection (the same thing that happens when I leave home without my … Continue reading »

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Good News! More Maria Bamford!

Obviously her work on the Comedians of Comedy and The Maria Bamford Show is totally classic, but apparently there is yet more MB to come. Check out the first episode in her new series (and yes, she does look like my fiancée’s sister):    

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Ponynomics: Economic Lessons from MLP

(crossposted from TheLibertyKids.com) There are a number of important economic concepts illuminated by the excellent My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000” (season 2, episode 15). I want to talk about them here, but warning, there are some pretty heavy spoilers within. First off, here’s an episode summary from … Continue reading »

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Pictures of me from my first 5k

AEI has posted a slideshow of pictures from the 5k they hosted at this year’s SPN Annual Meeting. I’m visible in the crowd shot (picture number 3) crouching near the front, and in picture number 5. Even though I’m not in any of the finish line pics, I finished! Road Race to Freedom from AEI

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