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Luke M. Perez
Dad by day, and by night, also a dad. I teach US national security in Arizona.
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Seeing Hamilton is as good as reason as any to teach your 8yo how to tie a tie. No more clip-ons or zipper ties for this kid. (Bow tie is legit too, btw.)

Photo of father and son after seeing Hamilton, the musical, in Tempe Arizona.
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Finished reading: The Civic Bargain by Brook Manville 📚

I actually finished this in May, but have been very slow to get back to MicroBlog until now.

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@odd Paramount+ Yesterday was the first day it was available but the last of our paid subscription. (We tried to watch something right after and got an error message.) It's the first live action film that my 3yo sat still and just watched along side her older sibs and us parents.

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🍿 IF (2024) - ★★★★★

IF poster

Underrated and under-appreciated. Among the best family I’ve seen in a long time. Held my kids and wife’s attention the whole time. Simply splendid.

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@pcora No, new car. The cost of a new engine was prohibitively expensive for a car of that age and mileage (2014, 176k).

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@pcora The engine was blown. We’ve been without a car since last week. Got a new one queued up, but with the holiday weekend, I’m still waiting on my check from the bank to drop off at the dealer. Hopefully it’ll arrive tomorrow, Tuesday at the latest.

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@Kalena Those shades!

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@gruber 5 minutes is about where I turned it off and never turned it back on.

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@withers that is basically my iPhone between the months of April and October. (I live in Phoenix, Arizona.)

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My wife just used the term “Bayesian prior” in casual conversation. My work here is done.

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@skoobz big caveat that European patterns might be different than the US, but typically the reason swings look huge even if turnout looks similar is that there is a shift of voters leaving and entering. So lots of folks who supported the right/left et burned out, don’t vote, just as previously disaffected left/right voters get exited and start voting again. If only a few percentages of each move in any fiven election, the observed effect appears massive.

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@pcora blown radiator. Currently the thermostat is being repaired so the mechanic can test the engine block and confirm whether or not the damage is isolated to the radiator and coolant system.

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Happy monday, folks 📷

Photo of minivan with a blown radiator
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@ner3y idk. But commenting to follow if anyone has advice. Recently setup parental controls and I think I got right but honestly who knows.

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@manton It might have just convinced me to buy a Switch before September.

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@ner3y oof. Sorry amigo. Always rough when littles go down.

We did in fact see the movie which quite splendid.

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@pratik I’m going to use it when writing lectures.

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Lot of folks ask, how hot is it in Arizona? Well, it’s nard to say. I mean, you get used it. But…

Screenshot of iPhone overheating warning.
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@ReaderJohn Yeah—we'll allow that.

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@JohnBrady Academe is a magnet for narcissists. So I'm not surprised. I am surprised that the author was a "nobody" in the field (much like me) by which I mean not a common name whose work is widely read, assigned in grad courses, or has high numbers of citations. The whole page read like a resume or CV.

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🎥 Turning the Tables on AI, iA Writer.

I like the idea of getting the AI to ask the writer questions for clarity; I suspect many of my students will find that useful too.

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Your periodic reminder not write and edit your own wikipedia page. It’s just bad form.

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@miljko Bitter sweet end to Basbøll’s blogging. It was an incredible ride. I have been an avid reader since his first blog, Research as a Second Language, that I discovered sometime between 2011 and 2013—so long ago I cannot actually recall.

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@pcora i’m so young!

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@Munish many thanks!

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@ayjay I thought both Genesis and Samuel last fall in my freshman survey. I had never appreciated until then the contrast between the sweeping narrative and microcosm character study of the Old Testament until then.

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@jimmitchell good for Pam and good for you! Clearly a wise choice.

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You guys! I don’t pickleball is coming in Spring 2024.

Photo from June 2024 of a sign for a pickleball court “coming spring 2024”
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@ablerism Stealing this idea.

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@skoobz they’re still largely prototype/testing and such. B-2 would be the most likely but the “w” shape of them both is slightly different which is why I thought it was the new one. Either way, what a sight.

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44 rotations around the sun. (It was yearerday, but I always give D-Day pride of place, especially this year, 80 years since.) I have this running joke with the kids that I’m 100+my real age, hence the numbers on the cake.

Portrait of author with his four kids and a birthday cake.
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@skoobz Hard to tell for sure but based on the profile it might be the mew B-21. Heck of a sighting, man.

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@ayjay oh man. Might be time to decamp to an airbnb if you haven’t already. Or take an impromptu trip out of the heat.

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🗞️ NCAA 2.8 Billion dollar settlement will pay college athletes directly. WSJ

Long-time coming. Probably bad for college sports, but justly over due.

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Monday vibes

Wide angle crop of children playing in a splash pad
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Sunday vibes.

Wide angle photograph of Chase Field, a baseball park.Young boy cheeringPhotograph of father and son after a baseball game

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I was in Washington earlier this week. The view as we left in a light rain and fog was splendid.

Photograph from an airplane window of the Washington Monument surrounded by clouds.
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Perils (and joys) of homeownership. 25+ year old oven finally dies, 4 years into my ownership. But the 25+ year old cabinents were not built to spec, and required some attention to fit the new one. (The new one cooks much better.)

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It arrived early! @ayjay did a marvelous job. Beautiful layout, typography, binding. Looking forward to a good slow read of it just as classes and the hectic pace of finals ends.

Photo of W. H. Auden’s Shield of Achilles, a new edition published in 2024.
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I finally pre-ordered Auden’s Shield of Achilles, back in print thanks to the hard work of @ayjay — it is top of my summer reading queue.

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Finished reading: Nation Builder by Charles N. Edel 📚

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Finished reading: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck 📚

(Finished in January, but didn’t realize I had not yet moved it over.)

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Finished reading: The American War in Afghanistan by Carter Malkasian 📚

A flawed book, but comprehensive overview of the entire war. Recommended, esp if you’ve read other books on the subject.