Browsing the blog archives for January, 2009.

Raelians, Drummers, Star Wars Troopers


Two weeks ago, while visiting Southern California to report on the activities of the local chapter of Anonymous anti-Scientology protesters (about which more, perhaps, later), I attended Pasadena’s approximately annual Doo Dah Parade and happened upon a harmonic convergence of Raelians, Star Wars troopers, high-school marching-band drummers, and flash-blinding California sunshine, which I captured and have reproduced here in hopes that someone among you can decipher its almost certainly prophetic message for me.


“A Taxpayer May Wonder”-land


In honor of the U.S. National Taxpayer Advocate’s delightfully thorough remarks on the through-the-looking-glass income-tax implications of virtual worlds, I have reproduced those remarks in their entirety right here in full living HTML.  I have also made some remarks of my own over on Terra Nova, if you’re interested.

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Pardon My Dust


I know, people, I know: WTF, right? What happened to the quaint, pre-Ajax design that used to be here assuring you that no matter how inexorably time marches forward everywhere else, in one little corner of the Web it will always be late 2002? Well, first of all: The quaintness is still right here, if the new version doesn’t happen to suit you just yet (and in its current state I can’t see how it would). But second of all, this will get better, you’ll see. Watch this space for weekly, maybe even daily, improvements as I gradually drag this old bag of bytes into the second half of the first decade of the 21st century — and by all means feel free to suggest a few of those improvements yourself. Below. In the comments field. Yeah, you read that right: For the first time in history, I have opened this blog to comments. Don’t make me regret it.


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