Boingo, the company that provides wireless service in airports, either charges for time or gives you free access if you are willing to watch an ad. They know you don’t want to watch the ad, so use tricks to hold … Continue reading
Remind me again why I’m supposed to hate Starbucks. Because I think the reason has changed over time. There’s a scene in Christopher Guest’s comedy Best In Show (2000) where a status-obsessed overachieving yuppie married couple played by Michael Hitchcock and … Continue reading
Here is a picture of a woman wearing counterfeit fashion items. Here is a picture of the same woman wearing genuine fashion items bought at full price from a reputable retailer. Any questions?
A few years back on the late great message board Plastic.com I got into a debate with a religious conservative about gay rights, gay marriage, and generally all things gay. My opponent was on the anti-gay side, ostensibly for high … Continue reading
Say you want to simplify the tax code, so you impose a flat tax on income. Nothing could be simpler. If I’m the CEO of a big company and want to own a fancy house, I’ll have to pay myself … Continue reading
I’m sure you’ve heard this old joke: guy goes up to a traffic cop in New York City and says, “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” and the cop says, “Well, first you found a company … Continue reading
I can’t decide if I like Thomas Frank or not, but I think the answer is mostly: not. Occasionally he’ll say something smart, like in this recent Avclub interview, in which he points out the contrapositive of his What’s The … Continue reading