Archive for January, 2012

The Washington State Legislature is divesting itself from higher education. Universities that were once primarily state-funded are now primarily student-funded. As willing as legislators are to push the burden of payment onto students, they have so far been unwilling to give up governance of the universities. All of the trustees and regents of the six […]

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One question we all remember being asked while we were growing up is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We’ve all heard it, and most of us have asked it. Our interests change over time as we grow up — depending partly (perhaps mostly) on the jobs we know about. What […]

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On Unemployment

29Jan12

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With the final recount in from the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum has been declared the winner of Iowa. With Romney having won in New Hampshire, and Gingrich’s recent win in South Carolina, the talking heads are now talking about the Romney campaign implosion, and a brokered convention (with less than a week having passed since […]

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A while back, I saw a commercial like these:     Note: I do not have copyright on these clips (though I doubt that Stanley Steemer will mind my showing their ads for free — even to my small audience). I realized then that I wanted to be the Stanley Steemer guy. It’s not that […]

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On Typecasting

14Jan12

It’s well-known that in Hollywood, actors are typecast. Think about any actor and their roles, and you will usually see what their type is. From time to time, an actor is cast against type, in a role that’s a stretch from what they’ve previously been known for. More rarely, an actor will select a series […]

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After my previous post, a reader (I have one!) asked why we are so concerned about Iowa, and posited that it was because of the media fixation. To an extent, I would have to agree, but I think it goes a little further than that. Frankly, Iowa and New Hampshire matter because of the worst […]

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