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Author Archives: Josh Smith

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 fiancĂ©e’s sister):    

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Ponynomics: Economic Lessons from MLP

(crossposted from 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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The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Last night, I went with Mary, Eric, S/A, Vroman and Xtina to see the movie The Cave of Forgotten Dreams. When Eric mentioned it at work, I was sorta leery about watching a documentary on cave paintings, but after watching the trailer, I had a feeling I would really like it. This movie absolutely exceeded … Continue reading »

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Unfortunate bundle of errors.

After playing starcraft 2 on my new computer several months ago, I noticed that when I would exit to the desktop or alt-tab out, the mouse cursor in windows 7 would often change into this ugly block of lines instead of an arrow. I looked on the google, and apparently this was a known issue, … Continue reading »

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Cranky Yellow Quaffs Bitter Bureaucracy

[This post was originally written for my employer’s blog, Show-Me Daily.] Ever seen the movie Brazil? When the main character wants his A/C fixed, the opaque and monolithic government forces him to jump through one bureaucratic hoop after another, and he’s not sure that his simple problem will ever get fixed. Then a vigilante HVAC … Continue reading »

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“We Need You to Work on Saturday, So We Cut Your Pay”

[This post was originally written for my employer’s blog, Show-Me Daily.] In one of Christine Harbin’s recent posts here at Show-Me Daily, she made the point that having higher sales taxes or excise taxes is a boon for stores just across the state line. A commenter by the name of Dempster Holland cited this to … Continue reading »

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Tourney Report: Paris PTQ, St Louis *First*

So, I’ve been playing magic for quite a few years, but yesterday I won my first PTQ. I would like to write a proper tournament report, but my notes from the event are nonexistent and my memory is pretty bad. I do however have all of the cards, so this lets me at least recreate … Continue reading »

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At Long Last: The Payne-Stokes Debate Is Online

[This post was originally written for my employer’s blog, Show-Me Daily.] On Sept. 30 of this year, at Dressel’s Pub in the Central West End, a small crowd gathered to watch David Stokes and John Payne debate the topic “Are Libertarians and Conservatives Natural Allies?” Now this wonderful debate and its ensuing audience Q&A are … Continue reading »

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