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Making WordPress Private

Every once in a while, it may be necessary to build a WordPress-powered site only accessible to registered users. Interestingly, a very simple theme hack can take care of this. All you need to do is to include the following … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman wants to be a songwriter

Paul Krugman writes: Oh my God. How could I have missed the fact that Suzanne Vega is blogging for the Times? In my next life I want to be a songwriter — precisely because I can’t imagine how it’s done. … Continue reading

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Eugenics and evolutionary theory

A question from Askville: Is eugenics rooted in and inspired by evolutionary theory? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines eugenics as “the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed … Continue reading

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Earth Policy Institute: books

I keep forgetting to write down this link: http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/ The book that first got me there was Plan B 2.0 (since redeveloped into Plan B 3.0).  Lots and lots of things to think about…

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Of alien life

A question from FunAdvice: Are we not advanced enough to perceive alien life? Do you think the reason we can’t find life on the moon, the sun, the 70 sextillion stars, and the decillions of moons and planets that revolve … Continue reading

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Here comes the rest of our lives

Title: Best Days Artist: Graham Colton Band Album: Here Right Now I wanted to put this music video in a post, but it turns out the otherwise wonderful video embedding plugin I use doesn’t support AOL Video. Oh well, I … Continue reading

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Qualities of a leader

A question from Yahoo! Answers (by Deepak Chopra, no less): What qualities define a great team leader? Qualities do not define a team leader; teams and their purposes do. It is extremely naive to think that leading a team of … Continue reading

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The top jobs on the food chain?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: If there was a chart for the economic food chain what would be the top 10 Jobs? There are only two, really: A founder (but not necessarily the CEO) of a successful large company A … Continue reading

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An exercise in probability theory

Assume there is a computer manufacturer whose warranty and service plans for a computer selling for $1,739 are priced as follows: 4Yr — $340 or $10/month 3Yr — $260 or $7/month 2Yr — $170 or $5/month 1Yr — $70 or … Continue reading

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Is the dollar bottoming out?

The real broad dollar index seems to have dropped almost all the way to historic bottom: I wonder if this means anything… If historical patterns continue into the future, we are looking at a 95% chance of real appreciation over … Continue reading

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