May 30, 2009

Me, puzzles, and you

I write 'em, you solve 'em. Or ideally that's how it works anyway. If you get this Sunday's New York Times, be on the lookout for a diagramless crossword by me. (Or if you subscribe to the Times crossword online, you can go solve it now, since it's already posted.) And in case you missed my Onion puzzle last week, here's a link to that. Yadda yadda Across Lite yadda yadda.

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May 19, 2009

Listen up

My short-lived attempt at posting an mp3 a week has long gone by the wayside, but I do still run across songs about which I think, hmmm, more people might enjoy hearing this. Or, in this case, I think that people might just think the concept is so frickin' weird that they cannot help but be curious about it. This is a song that was performed by the house band at the 2008 TED conference; that house band was led by the legendary Thomas Dolby, and this song (which features guitarist Kaki King) is a Cajun version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". Got all that? All righty then. Please enjoy "La Bombe d'Amour" (click through for download link).

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May 01, 2009

The days of swine and noses

An excerpt from a Talking Points Memo post about swine flu data, regarding the news that many of the deaths attributed to swine flu in Mexico probably weren't caused by swine flu after all:

Dealing with statistics in a climate such as this is a tricky business because you don't want to inspire panic or sow complacency.

Because as we all know, there's nothing more dangerous than a complacent sow. The complacent ones don't cover their mouths when they cough.

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