Bait and Switch

posted in: Socioeconomics | 0

Bait & Switch, is a natural successor to Ehrenreich’s earlier book: Nickel & Dimed (reviewed on this blog in part 1 and part 2). As an author I find her to be both honest and thorough in her research, and … Continued


posted in: Creative Nonfiction | 0

“On On!” the person ahead of me shouted. As my feet paced the muddy ground beneath, I saw a splash of white flour tossed haphazardly along the trail. There were a half-dozen other Hashers in front of me, and about … Continued

Facebook Voting

posted in: Political Science | 3

You know how on Facebook you can click “Like” on any particular item you find pleasing to your eye? A post, a note, a photo, a weird comment; a game, sports team, product, place, celebrity, bizarre habit, fetish, whatever? You … Continued

Letting Go of Things

posted in: Personal | 0

Today, I dropped off two giant boxes and a bag of books to trade in at the Autumn Leaves book store downtown. There were 5 or 6 dozen books altogether, many of them I’ve had for years. I also took … Continued

Scraping Twitpics with PHP

posted in: HOWTO | 0

Update! My twitpic scraper (as well as search API calls) have been integrated into NCSU’s Tweetgator. Check it out on Github! A couple months ago, IU East re-vamped its twitter wall. We incorporated a codebase originally developed by NCSU, and … Continued

Nickel & Dimed (part 2 of 2)

posted in: Socioeconomics | 4

This is a continuation of my book review of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel & Dimed. Part 1 posted yesterday. Housing costs post the greatest obstacle for low-wage workers. Why does our society seem to resist rectifying this situation? Do you believe … Continued

Nickel & Dimed (part 1 of 2)

posted in: Socioeconomics | 4

Homelessness is the state of not possessing the right to use a single place for shelter persistently. Joblessness is the state of not possessing the privilege to be paid for work persistently. Homelessness and joblessness are both very prominent problems … Continued

Making the Switch

posted in: Tech | 7

Since January of this year (2010), I have helped 3 separate people make the switch over to Linux from Windows. Last year I helped two people do it, and I am currently in the process of converting our desktop (used … Continued