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Pete Mortensen
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Plays well with some. Works well with others.
Plays well with some. Works well with others.

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A far-too-great amount has been written about this essay, which purports to make the case that the digressive style of bloggers can be largely blamed on David Foster Wallace. While I will accede that much of my writing tics can, in some fashion, be traced to poor imitations and half-remembered techniques from the piece on the Illinois State Fair, and I was at one point earning some sort of an income from blogging, the essay as a whole strikes me as terrible.

For an argument with such an inherently inflammatory thesis, it defines poorly what that thesis might happen to be. Is it bad that people tend to write like the people who influence them? Is DFW tainted by his imitators? Does the fact that he wrote "Tense Present" and commented on proper grammar and usage despite frequently violating the spirit of many grammatical principles therefore make him a hypocrite? Should we regard with suspicion anyone who seeks to be sincere, even if he falls short? Should it affect our opinion of the argument that the author of the Times article essay is a poor stylist? Particularly given that this author seems unaware that the central tension of "Tense Present" is in its epic irony (or was at least edited to appear so)?

It is, at any rate, a provocative piece, though not for the reasons I had hoped. Unlike Wallace, Newton seems incapable of simultaneously advancing a convincing case while actually simultaneously acknowledging the complications that, whether named or not, undermine its basic premises. Rather than coming across as an elegant rhetoricist who proudly refuses to simultaneously be a reductionist, Maud Newton just seems confused.

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I have said it before, and I will say it again: Cookiewaits just won the Internet. You can shut it down now.

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It is amazing that PC-makers are under the impression that humans can answer this question. What makes them different other than price? Other than the ultimateness. At least they use simple-to-understand concepts like cells to explain the difference between batteries. Other than number of hours it can last.
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The most recent episode of Weeds is probably the most I've enjoyed it since, I don't know, Season 2? Fairly clear that the return of Halia is largely responsible.

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Three dishes from All Spice in San Mateo, enjoyed last night. Amuse bouche of polenta with a goat cheese foam, spring pea soup with apple gelee and candied chili bacon, and tribute to my wife, which is a beet dish with goat cheese ice cream that rocks.
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I kind of enjoy the randomness of watching streaming video on GoogleTV. For some reason, this episode of Oz has decided to only be on the left side of the screen. It's quite dramatic.

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Last bottle at healthy spirits. I win beer. Before you ask, yes, it is green.
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I'm totally baffled by Nike's inability to calculate the distance 500 miles.
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I love stock photography. I think it's an artform unto itself.
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