Author Archives: ronwphillips

The Low Wage Page

I got tired of discussions about low wages getting derailed by Minimum Wage talking points, so here’s a resource page on low wages in the U.S.

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Seeds that are hard to germinate, hard to transplant? (Carrots and many root crops). Here’s a device that lets you germinate the seeds indoors and then set them out with minimal disturbance. Continue reading

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Tall Guy Privilege

I didn’t earn it. I didn’t cheat anybody out of it. It just happened. I ended up being 6’4″ tall. How is that a privilege? Oh, come on — when the waitress walks past my boss in his 3 piece … Continue reading

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Do I Like to Argue?

Argue: from Latin arguere (“to  make clear”) The point of argument is not to show what’s correct, far less to show who’s correct. Argument is used to make clear, to clarify the evidence and logic around a point at issue. I … Continue reading

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NIH — Follow The Money

I have some questions about how the NIH sees priorities: Is it reasonable to spend 6x more on 174. smallpox (0 cases since 1980) than 226. CFS/ME? (1 million people, right now). Or 141. anthrax — how many cases do you know, personally? Yes, … Continue reading

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Rails 4 update: multiple file upload with HTML5 and Paperclip

Again, I am trying to make this the most understandable code, without any regard whatsoever for elegance. In a previous post I made a do-nothing uploader, just to get some feel for the whole HTML5 file upload process. I recommend … Continue reading

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