The Areas of My Expertise

Buy John Hodgman’s The Areas of My Expertise!

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The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination with Statistics

Buy The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination with Statistics!

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Shoreline Schools facing budget cuts, wants your input

Shoreline Schools facing budget cuts, wants your input. Fill out this quick online survey.

(Via Ronald Bog blog – all about Shoreline Washington.)

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The four most useful lessons of Columbine

The four most useful lessons of Columbine. – By Dave Cullen – Slate Magazine:

“The Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education studied every American school shooting from 1974 to 2000—37 separate attacks—and reached the same conclusion. Shooters came from all ethnic, economic, and social classes. Most had no history of violence and came from solid, two-parent homes.”

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Tax protestor myths

Daniel B. Evans thorough Tax Protestor FAQ debunks pretty much all the nutty ‘evidence’ I’ve heard from my tax protesting friends (well, really, it’s just the one guy) for why the U.S. federal income tax is illegal. I review it every year.

My favorites, which I have actually heard from friend (again, just the one) and at least two relatives (the relatives were speaking at me together, so it probably counts as only a single tax protestor interaction):

Enjoy!

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Abby’s new haircut 2009

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Abby’s been wearing the same haircut, at various lengths, since she’s been getting her hair cut. At yesterday’s haircut, she said she wanted her a “boy haircut”. I said that I thought it wouldn’t make her happy. We discussed it with the hairdresser, who said she thought she knew what we wanted. Then Abby excused me. I came back to find the sweetest haircut, and so feminine. Yet Abby is sure that it is a “boy cut” and is perfectly happy. A good hairdresser can please both mom and daughter.

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Blue Oyster Cult sighting: More Cowbell

A Facebook profile for ‘Cowbell’:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1425085&id=36413251007&ref=mf

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Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee (2/5 10:00 AM)

Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee (2/5 10:00 AM): “Public: SB 5551, SB 5074, SB 5112, SB 5880, SB 5889, SB 5890”

(Via TVW, Legislative Podcasts.)

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Early Learning & Children’s Services Cmte. (2/6 1:30 PM)

Early Learning & Children’s Services Cmte. (2/6 1:30 PM): “Public: HB 1754, HB 1769 Executive: HB 1375, HB 1419, Bills previously heard in committee. Work Session: Children’s Administration Social Worker Workload Report.”

(Via TVW, Legislative Podcasts.)

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Some good Washington political blogs

Here are some even-handed Washington political blogs that you might enjoy. Most of them offer straight professional reporting on Washington State politics (not the Rush Limbaughs or Keith Olbermanns of the world), but there is some opinion in there as well. All the pieces are high quality and respectful — very old school.

* Crosscut:
* Crosscut Blog:
* Eye On Olympia:
* The Capitol Record:
* Politics Northwest:

All of them offer an RSS feed.

Enjoy!

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