Alas, No : People are not resources.

The mother of all management anti-patterns | Dave Nicolette:

The words we use influence the way we think and act. When managers refer to human beings as “resources,” they tend to treat people like “things.” It happens insidiously. The managers don’t consciously think of people as things, but their language guides their actions. This appears to be a very widespread and deeply-ingrained habit in nearly all organizations. When you hear someone in your organization refer to a person as a “resource,” I hope you will mention it to them. Maybe the habit can be changed.

Nicolette is spot-on with this post, and the whole thing is worth reading.

I think a lot of the people who casually refer to people as "resources" do it without thinking. For that reason, it is worth calling people out when they do it. It is the only way to start changing that particular pattern.

At an organizational level, however, I am pretty sure most companies really do want a commoditized workforce—one that they can swap in and out at their pleasure, one that they don't have any responsibility to other than issuing them the smallest possible pay check they can until they are done with them.

By Pete Brown

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  1. Chewie, we're home.
  2. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  3. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  4. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  5. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  6. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  7. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  8. Happy birthday, Merle!
  9. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  10. Bigots gonna bigot
  11. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  12. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  13. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  14. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  15. TV - *Bloodline*
  16. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  17. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  18. Why I like minimalist art.
  19. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  20. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  21. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  22. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  23. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  24. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  25. A new Aliens movie?
  26. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  27. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  28. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  29. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  30. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  31. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  32. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  33. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  34. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  35. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  36. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  37. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  38. Rand Paul is a kook.
  39. Due is a nice reminders app.
  40. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  41. Dan Burton, still a moron
  42. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  43. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  44. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  45. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  46. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  47. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  48. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  49. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  50. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  51. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  52. No, blogging is not dead.
  53. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  54. Scott Walker is terrible.
  55. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  56. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  57. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  58. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  59. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  60. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  61. Phrases that should be banned
  62. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  63. A novel twist in gameplay
  64. An entrepreneur in every pot
  65. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  66. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  67. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  68. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  69. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  70. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  71. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  72. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  73. So long, 2014.
  74. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  75. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  76. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  77. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  78. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  79. Flash photography
  80. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  81. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  82. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  83. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  84. Uber needs poor people.
  85. The problem with Radiolab
  86. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  87. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  88. The Star Wars teaser
  89. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  90. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  91. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  92. It's morning in America.
  93. My *Serial* think-piece
  94. Cod vacations
  95. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  96. Railing
  97. Found a sunny spot
  98. 1970s Legos
  99. DANZIG!
  100. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  101. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  102. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  103. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  104. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  105. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  106. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  107. A very helpful related search
  108. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  109. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  110. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  111. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  112. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  113. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  114. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  115. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  116. Dilbert is not funny.
  117. Pink Floyd
  118. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  119. Mobile friendly
  120. Dave Winer's Radio3
  121. Resistance to change
  122. That pope
  123. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  124. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  125. Your data-mining sucks.
  126. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  127. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  128. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  129. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  130. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  131. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  132. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  133. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  134. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  135. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  136. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  137. Massachusetts Republicans
  138. Birthright #1
  139. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  140. Kids these days
  141. *Aliens* documentary
  142. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  143. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  144. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  145. Jack Bruce
  146. You seem to have missed something.
  147. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  148. Meg & Mog
  149. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  150. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  151. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  152. Technological change vs. cultural change
  153. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  154. Sleater-Kinney
  155. BE AFRAID!
  156. Medium's on it, bro!
  157. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  158. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  159. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  160. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  161. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  162. A useful roadmap
  163. Not much longer now…
  164. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  165. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  166. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  167. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  168. Deliberately missing the point
  169. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  170. Freshman year of college is calling.
  171. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  172. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  173. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  174. What's the worst that could happen?
  175. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  176. Both sides do it.
  177. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  178. With friends like these…
  179. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  180. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  181. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  182. Hell #9438
  183. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  184. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  185. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  186. War forever
  187. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  189. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  190. Disconnecting pay from performance
  191. Hosting my own stuff
  192. All Ebola, all the time
  193. The kids these days
  194. Laboratories of democracy!
  195. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  196. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  197. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  198. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  199. The new phone is here.
  200. Crap Architecture
  201. iPhone Parking Lot
  202. Starting Proust
  203. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  204. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  205. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  206. The Apple tech press is weird.
  207. VHS v. Betamax
  208. The answer is always "n + 1".
  209. Conservative intellectuals
  210. Zappos is creepy.
  211. Your phone is not the problem.
  212. Deconstruction
  213. Inspirational
  214. Process improvement
  215. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  216. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  217. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  218. Complicated things are complicated.
  219. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  220. That technology thing you like
  221. Priorities, people
  222. WAR!
  223. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  224. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  225. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  226. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  227. 42
  228. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  229. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  230. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  231. Trying out Beats Music
  232. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  233. The synthetic unity of experience
  234. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  235. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  236. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  237. State of the Union predictions
  238. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  239. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  240. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  241. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  242. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  243. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  244. Thinking before you write
  245. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  246. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  247. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  248. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  249. Hate the show, not the venue.
  250. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  251. FUD As a Service
  252. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  253. Crippling injuries build character.
  254. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  255. Saving bookstores
  256. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  257. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  258. Internet activism
  259. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  260. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  261. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  262. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  263. Your tax dollars at work
  264. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  265. Holacracy
  266. Yes, people really do still blog.
  267. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  268. Duck Dynasty
  269. No one cares about your private cloud.
  270. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  271. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  272. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  273. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  274. Money is speech
  275. Clearly
  276. Parking
  277. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  278. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  279. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  280. Unhelpful advice
  281. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  282. People don't scale
  283. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  284. Movies that scared me
  285. Epistemology
  286. Bespoke
  287. Califone, *Stitches*
  288. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  289. We want INFORMATION!
  290. Passive-aggressive politeness
  291. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  292. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  293. Google cars
  294. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  295. Really, DC? REALLY?
  296. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  297. Suspension of disbelief
  298. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  299. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  300. Personal experience v. policy
  301. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  302. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  303. The Washington Post and AWS
  304. St. Patrick’s Day
  305. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  306. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  307. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  308. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  309. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  310. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  311. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  312. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  313. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  314. Meetings
  315. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  316. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  317. Time-tracking
  318. Prophecy
  319. More guns
  320. Guns
  321. Bold Leadership
  322. Hanlon's Razor
  323. That legacy stuff
  324. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  325. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  326. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  327. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  328. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  329. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  330. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  331. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  332. That Kant was a smart guy.
  333. Petraeus
  334. The World War Z trailer
  335. You should have bicycles
  336. The technorati fallacy
  337. One of my favorite types of requests
  338. The Lucasfilm thing
  339. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  340. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  341. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  342. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  343. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  344. Undecided voters
  345. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  346. Found a new philosophy podcast
  347. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  348. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  349. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  350. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  351. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  352. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  353. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  354. Safety nets
  355. So, the Romney thing
  356. Your data-mining sucks
  357. Started watching Homeland
  358. The Clint Eastwood thing
  359. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  360. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  361. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  362. The Lance Armstrong thing
  363. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  364. A lot of Can
  365. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  366. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  367. Writing apps
  368. Distorted markets
  369., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  370. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  371. A bit more on the HBO thing
  372. OS upgrades
  373. Or I could just go listen to the album
  374. Monster Movie Week!
  375. As goes Sparrow...
  376. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  377. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  378. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  379. Nope, advertising just sucks
  380. Reading
  381. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  382. Who needs it!
  383. Advantage, Mutt
  384. Do you want the answer, or not?
  385. ACA coverage and systems failure
  386. To-do lists
  387. So long, Weather Underground
  388. Checked baggage
  389. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  390. From the $2 bins at the record store
  391. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  392. The HBO thing
  393. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  394. Not exactly random, but good listening
  395. The Dark Knight... meh
  396. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  397. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  398. Memorial Day
  399. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  400. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  401. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  402. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  403. Experimenting with Pelican
  404. Readlists
  405. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  406. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  407. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  408. War Hazard Eliminated!
  409. Unintended Consequences
  410. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  411. You’re playing their game
  412. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  413. Breitbart
  414. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  415. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  416. A bit more on The Shining
  417. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  418. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  419. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  420. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  421. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  422. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  423. Ip Man
  424. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  425. Bogeyman
  426. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  427. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  428. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  429. BASIC
  430. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  431. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  432. My power is beyond your understanding!
  433. Out-stupiding the TSA
  434. I see what you did there
  435. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  436. That "15 albums" thing
  437. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  438. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  439. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  440. That's an interesting definition you have there
  441. James Cameron v. the philistines
  442. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  443. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  444. Whither censure?
  445. Stealing TV, Part II
  446. OCTOBER?!
  447. Chasing boogeymen
  448. Nice vetting job, folks
  449. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  450. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  451. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  452. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  453. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  454. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  455. Supporting the freedom-haters
  456. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  457. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  458. Music update - February 2006
  459. The Corporation
  460. Watching TV without having TV
  461. Google strikes again (2006)
  462. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  463. Touchy subject
  464. Take my ports. Please.
  465. NUTS!
  466. One year older than I was at this time last year
  467. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  468. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  469. Lewis Black
  470. Uhhhhhhh...
  471. The Yes Men
  472. And again, my apologies
  473. I did it for you, Damien
  475. The site may be slow today
  476. Electronic mediocrity
  477. Maybe they are better off...
  478. Angry Dick strikes again
  479. Capote
  480. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  481. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  482. Wherein Pete despairs
  483. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  484. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  485. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  486. Hide your puppies
  487. I like VoIP
  488. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  489. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  490. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  491. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  492. The hearings are on.
  493. Apples and oranges
  494. And in somewhat less serious news...
  495. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  496. War in name only
  497. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  498. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  499. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  500. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  501. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  502. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  504. Flirting with the dark side
  505. Countdown to a big waste of time
  506. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  507. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  508. Weekend music update
  509. The New York Times finally throws down
  510. Today’s project
  511. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  512. The broken record continues to spin
  513. Long time, no music
  514. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  515. At least someone is putting up a fight
  516. More legal contortions
  517. More on Iran
  518. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  519. Only 20 more hours to go
  520. Original intent
  521. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  522. You say Alito, I say whatever
  523. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  524. I don’t want to live with the bears
  525. Quick TV update
  526. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  527. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  528. Reading too much into The West Wing
  529. A question, sir...
  530. Blogging about blogging
  531. A few changes
  532. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  533. Year-end music round-up
  534. Again with the wire-tapping
  535. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  536. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  537. I’m genuinely shocked
  538. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  539. Angry Dick
  540. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  541. Sorry for the delay
  542. The time grows near
  543. Site news - October 2005
  544. Quote of the Day
  545. Serenity
  546. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  547. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  548. Forensic Show #23
  549. It’s TV time again
  550. Nothing to see here
  551. Going from bad to worse to...
  552. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  553. Google Talk
  554. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  555. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  556. Voting != Democracy
  557. He’s not lying
  558. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  559. The perfect album?
  560. Movies, movies, movies
  561. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  562. A bit of background
  563. Leaving, on a jet plane
  564. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  565. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  566. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  567. Again with this story
  568. Music update - July 2005
  570. Whither Rove?
  571. How quaint.
  572. Intellects vast and cool...
  573. and... They’re off!
  574. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  575. I’m back
  576. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  577. Thank you, FARK
  578. ZOMBIES!
  579. On second thought...
  580. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  581. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  582. So it actually didn’t suck
  583. More on the filibuster debate
  584. YES!!
  585. Going nuclear/constitutional
  586. Worth a listen?
  587. Music update - May 2005)
  588. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  589. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  590. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  591. More on taxes
  592. Happy April 15th
  593. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  594. Long live the Death Tax
  595. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  596. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  597. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  598. METAL!!!
  599. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  600. This is the coolest thing EVER
  601. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  602. April Fools Day
  603. Groundhog Day, Part II
  604. The devil movies always get me.
  605. IM Annoyances
  606. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  607. What the hell?
  608. I suggest we start a pool...
  609. Drill, drill, drill!
  610. This is getting out of hand.
  611. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  612. the gates... THE GATES!!
  613. More “indecency”
  614. And again...
  615. Where have I heard this before?
  616. Anybody want gmail?
  617. Dirty, dirty titties
  618. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  619. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  620. One man’s Conservative...
  621. Google strikes again! (2005)
  622. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  623. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  624. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  625. Argh, I say.
  626. A rose is a rose.
  627. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  628. Sorry...
  629. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  630. Amusement
  631. The bottom-end of 2004
  632. How Bush Won
  633. New Music
  634. Foolishness
  635. Good news, I think...
  636. The first of many, I’m sure...
  637. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  638. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  639. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  640. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  641. Site news - November 2004
  642. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  643. More good web radio
  644. Another post-election site
  645. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  646. Sorry, everybody
  647. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  648. Apologies
  649. Nonsense
  650. Some new music
  651. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  652. The music is back online
  653. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  654. Odds and Ends
  655. SCIENCE!
  656. Making a bad situation worse
  657. Derrida, Part II
  658. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  659. The Faith-Based Presidency
  660. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  661. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  662. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.