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My on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.

Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.

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I recommend to you this article on Muslim/Jew coexistence.

Good vignettes. Avoids erasing nonwhite Israelis by, y'know, talking to them; see also the non-whitewashing text below.

Federal gov't: The rights & responsibilities of citizenship must be closely guarded.

City gov't: You have a water bill at a local address? Cool, here's a driver's license, a library card, and forms for taxes, school registration, & housing subsidies. Jury summons is in the mail.

It's illegal to call your coffee/milk beverage a latte unless it comes from the Lattes region of France.,_

Finally tweeted about that video about Israeli and Palestinian muppets that I discovered months ago and am still rewatching. Bracing myself for twitterers getting angry at muppets.

I set up a tumblr account, but only ever managed to post one pic, filed under 'living space goals'.

On Spanish Wikipedia, Georg Cantor was born in the bosom of a Jewish family ("en el seno de una familia judía") who btw happened to be baptized as a Lutheran; on English Wikpedia there's no family history and he's "a devout Lutheran."

The 'what theological tradition did Cantor have' question does have relevance when reading Cantor's commentary about his work. It's fun that the answer depends on what language your biographies are in.

[Explicit call to action:] If you read through my TOP 5 POPs, I want to hear your TOP POP narratives too.

TOP 5 POP songs, based on narrative content:

5/5: _Silo_, Scud Mountain Boys. On the list partly because of the excellent vibe of the piece; the calmness adds to the character and context of this person who is proposing arson.

On the same album, find a cover of "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves", with a more straightforward narrative in the style of older country, except it's by Cher. Scud Mountain: ; Cher:

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Bonus track: DQed because this was written by my podcast cohost, but she built a lot of character into this short pop song, _Queen of the Quarantine_. I guess it's a time capsule now, but she is all of us.

4/5: _Elvis Presley Blues_, Gilian Welch. The story of John Henry is the story we live through every day. She gets bonus points for "Ring like silver/Shine like gold", a reference to railroad work songs from the same era as the legend of John Henry.

See also the even chiller cover by In Tall Buildings:

3/5: _Akasha_, by Wang Chung. Wang Chung is generally recognized to be a schlocky mid-80s band ("Everybody Wang Chung tonight"), but they know how to play their instruments and write for adults. You'll recognize Akasha as the æther which carries music ("You're exactly as you were in `84").

3.5/5: _To Live and Die in LA_: recorded for a movie about gangsters shooting each other, this is a lament about the unbearable OKness of LA.

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2/5: Miguel: _City of Angels_ Experience of large scale events still has to happen at the personal scale. Note that they won the war when the City of Angels fell, meaning the City was on the other side of the conflict. How did that happen for an Angelino like Miguel?

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TOP 5 POP songs, based on narrative content:

1/5: _Hotline Bling_: From the start, points to Drake for playing the villain. But given how much they hate each other, given that he left the city, what _does_ it mean when that hotline bling?

Ask Youtube for the Wii Shop version.

Today we celebrate independence from the British Imperial System! No more ounce/pounds conversions, no more ounce/gallons conversions, no more teaspoon/tablespoon confusion!

Happy fourth everybody! Chug a two-liter for Freedom!

I want to buy an ebook. By which I mean purchase a file with text in it, not rent an access token that works only on one proprietary program or device. Advice? Favorite vendors?

Neal Stephenson and David Foster Wallace both lived in the same town, as did I. Stephenson''s intro to DFW's _Everything and More_ made me feel very seen.

And yes, do read it. As promised by DFW's name on the cover, it is a glorious mess.

Nothing changes. Order of a death's importance by location, ordered by US newspaper column inches:
-Xinjiang Uyghur Region
-Tigray, Ethiopia

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