this week i

published on the effects of tying immigration decisions to government program participation.

published our annual state of enrollment in and premiums for medicare's drug benefit.

explored our highest earning years in aggregate.  late thirties to late fifties.

learned gorbachev's distinctive birthmark has an icd-9 code.


this week i

published on promoting price competition in the privatized medicare market.

have known the onion to be wrong only once.  hey, what percent of the exobiology curriculum is ontology?

rank opera the most appropriate genre for movie murder scenes.  youtube has chicken decapitations but search suggest stops after "chicken deca"

found an abandoned wikipedia article.  program ended in 2012, you wouldn't know it from the 2018 page.

learned berber and barbary coast root from the greek onomatopoeia for babbler, blah blah, which gave us the old french our cognate: barbarian

know the drill: the cashier glances then frowns into the register, then offers you chocolate instead of change.

see his posters across abidjan.  bold.


this week i

paid six dollars for a two-month gym membership along my running route.  if you please, avert marching over the mat with yous shoes

had no idea google gives you a free unix terminal, useful for debugging when travis fails.

hailed five taxis before settling on six dollars, enough french to understand i'd pay the bridge toll.  with traffic, thirty minutes before out of range of home wifi signal.  chili paneer pakora for breakfast then some walking around the harbor lagoon.  no open ocean views in cosmopolitan marcory, only semis parked outside the chocolate plant

scrolled through grizzly vs siberian tiger.  same vitriol you'd expect from internet comment boards, but with politics and culture wars stripped away.

would name my band after a truncated george carlin quote, "lava in the living room"

read about the attention merchants.

at an above-average $10 cpm, the cost per thousand views, an advertiser is paying one cent per thirty-second increment of distraction.  for the user, that works out to a rate of sixty cents an hour for watching ads.  the problem isn't simply that attention has been made into a commodity, it's that it's so undervalued.  marketers buy our time for far less than its worth


this week i

took a cross-town taxi to sit and chat and eat with a toothpick.

wonder what's happening here.  oh, dog grooming.  a weird word.

 consider this the world's worst waterslide.

paid four dollars for the summer ritual.