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The Grand Design, Bound Hard

The Grand Design has been particularly helpful in revealing how the quantum world can be comprehensible to those of us who live in the macroscopic world. [...]

Another Don’t Buy: Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition For Dummies

As he moves into middle school, my son is taking up the Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition role playing game; as part of his introduction I’ve been figuring out which books and supplies are really necessary for the game and which are superfluous. Because it’s been 20 years since I last picked up an old [...]

If A Windfall Game Bores You To Death, Do You Save Any Energy?

Windfall is an online game that’s supposed to educate us about the issues involved in developing wind farms as a source of electricity. [...]

Dungeons & Dragons Products You Don’t Need To Buy

When I was a kid, I had a blast playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons with friends on weekends. Now that my children are entering that age, they’re picking up and enjoying the 4th edition version of Dungeons & Dragons. If you or your kids are starting to play Dungeons & Dragons, let me help you [...]

Review: BL&T Associates Promotion of HBO Documentary

This afternoon, Irregular Times received an e-mail solicitation from Raimy N. Rosenduft of BLT & Associates, who “create unique online campaigns that strategically engage users in a branded experience, while also working to build upon and enhance the message of traditional mediums like print and A/V.”

Yes, they really wrote that. Ms. Rosenduft and her [...]

Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Judgeless Trial in which One Side Presents

I’ve been told by a believer in the divinity of Jesus Christ that Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Christ was so compelling that it converted her to Christianity by its sheer rational force. I’ve committed to read the book cover-to-cover and evaluate it according to its rationality — that is, according to the quality [...]

SportyPal Tracks Hikes From Your Smart Phone For Free

The above is a map of my hike this morning up and down Ragged Mountain in Maine. It’s been automatically generated through a combination of my HTC Ozone, a smart phone running on a Windows Mobile operating system, and SportyPal, a piece of software (called an “app” by those in the know because somewhere [...]

Create a Map from a List of Places using Google Docs and Mapalist.com

This morning, I was looking to create a map of campaign contributions in Maine using data taken from the Maine campaign finance website. From that website I’d found that Stand for Marriage Maine, the primary group organizing to outlaw same-sex marriage in the state, had received only 257 contributions from just 250 individuals who live [...]

Jacob and Lilly Warm Me Up on a Dark Night

Looking for open-hearted, full-throttle earnest acoustic music? I found Jacob & Lilly on CBC radio driving up the dark Maine coast late at night last night, very tired after two days’ demonstrating and needing something to stay awake. I’d hoped for BBC News and was immediately disappointed to hear a chord of music playing. “Yeesh, [...]

Review: Sellit ADPAK Apparently Fails to Deliver Ads As Promised

Starting in August and through last month, we at Irregular Times tried out the Sellit ADPAK advertising widget in order to review its performance. In its FAQ section, Sellit promises to deliver at least 15,000 “impressions” (views of the advertisement) in a month:

But as you can see from this screen capture of a [...]

Ignore Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The chocolate chip cookie recipe you got from the back of the bag? Piece of crap. For a recipe using a 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips, add a cup of flour. If you want, add another cup of oats. Then they won’t come out as flat as an old 33 record.

That is all.