On this page I'll put stuff that might be useful or interesting but doesn't really fit anywhere else on the site.

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And the weakness of all Utopias is this, that they take the greatest difficulty of man and assume it to be overcome, and then give an elaborate account of the overcoming of the smaller ones. They first assume that no man will want more than his share, and then are very ingenious in explaining whether his share will be delivered by motor-car or balloon.

G. K. Chesterton

My PGP Public Key

The file linked to below contains my PGP public key in ASCII text format. It can be downloaded and imported directly into your PGP tools or copied as text.

Public Key in ASC format

You can also digitally sign messages using PGP (so that the recipient can verify that it comes from you), but in that case the recipient needs your public key to verify the signature. The whole topic of public-key encryption is a fascinating one which I may write an article on someday.

Places I've Been

Here's a map of the USA showing the states I've been in in red:

States Visited

And here's a map of the world showing the countries I've been in in red:

Countries Visited

As you can see, I've still got a lot of places to visit! You can create your own personalized state or country maps here.


What You Can't Say: An article by Paul Graham, a well-known computer programmer. This link is here instead of my Computers page because the article has nothing specifically to do with computers; it's just a thoughtful piece of general interest.

Unfairenheit 9/11: A review of the Michael Moore film. I don't want to put much political commentary on this site (at least not at this time), so I won't say any more. Make of it what you will. (Update January 2006: David T. Hardy is coming out with a book about Michael Moore, covering all his documentary films, which is even more unfavorable than the Slate review above. He has posted on the web his criticism of Bowling for Columbine.)

The Top Ten No Sympathy Lines: A college professor tells it like it ought to be (like it is in his class, but unfortunately there are plenty of teachers who haven't gotten the message).

A Message to Redistributionists: An article by P. J. O'Rourke on the Cato Institute web site, about why closing the "wealth gap" would be a bad idea.


Counter-Telemarketer Script: Use this to re-equalize the discussion when a telemarketer calls you (if you're willing to stay on the phone instead of just hanging up, like I do).

The Demotivators. For those times when you really aren't in the mood for positive thinking.

How Mission Statements Improve Our Lives: A much-needed paean to this essential part of organizational life.

Rotation Of Earth Plunges Entire North American Continent Into Darkness: A very disturbing report from the Onion. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the press for making sure the public is informed about important stuff like this...

The TFF System of Units: It's time for true standardization of measurement across the world. Here's the way to do it.

Blank Page: Every up-to-date official document has one of these, so I thought I'd include one on this site to keep current.