Existential crises

An Adorable Name for Misery

April is my birthday month, and I’m pretty excited about being way on the other side of 25. I’ve weathered the “quarter-life crisis” that Oprah started talking about just as I graduated from college. I’m done with it! Now, according to the London Times, another miserable period of malaise awaits me around my 35th birthday.

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Do we come in peace? I dunno anymore…

This is why you read the Dose, after all — cutting edge info on the search for extra-solar life. This is from friend-of-blog Steve, who’s in charge of figuring out which asteroids are dense enough to be blown up, Armaggedon style. MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-058 HUBBLE DETECTS ORGANIC MOLECULE ON AN EXTRASOLAR PLANET WASHINGTON – NASA

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The dumbest smart person or the smartest dumb person?

Which one is Ben Stein?  Here he is in the Projo, going off on Darwinism. And here he is on O’Reilly: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWMGD1Dg6L8] Stein gets this right (while taking on the tone of the godless evolutionist Christopher Hitchens): Maybe we would have a new theory: We are just pitiful humans. Life is unimaginably complex. We are

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A bit of pleasant news as the session begins

As everybody knows, the state budget is a mess. But one glimmer of hope as the session gets underway: A ton of Reps and Senators (Dems and Repubs) have been approaching me about various posts on this blog and rifuture encouraging the vigorous development of renewable energy in Rhode Island, and suggesting that we position

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Festivus dinner update

Well, as I mentioned yesterday, my holiday dinner included a close encounter with New York’s “Littlest Hustler.” The kid’s an experience. A unique mix of precocious and childish, playful and mean — In other words, incredibly manipulative. But he is somehow such that it almost feels reasonable that there’s a 3,000-word profile about him in

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