As it happens, I am blogging from a local coffee shop with bloggers Matthew Yglesias and Brian Beutler. Yes, this is the glamorous blogging lifestyle you’ve read so much about.
At any rate, Matt and I were explaining the secrets of creating an ordered (numbered) list and an unordered (bulleted) list in html. At which point, Brian asked: why is a bulleted list “unordered”?
Matt and I responded, with stunning obviousness, that an ordered list has numbers. But then Brian showed us a preview of the post he was writing and sensibly asked “Is there any doubt about what order you should click on the links?”
Now I am trying to formulate a philosophy of numbered lists that distinguishes them from bulleted lists. Reader thoughts are welcome.
Megan McArdle: What I mean is, why do you drive on the parkway and park in the driveway? Isn’t that a contradiction? It seems to me that it’s immoral to fund social programs because black people smell, and also paradoxes, like why is a carpet neither a car nor a pet?
Matt Yglesias: I think Megan misses the point with her post on the morality of social spending.
Ezra Klein: Studies clearly show that black people do not, in fact, have a distinctive odor.
McArdle: When I said that it’s immoral to fund social programs, I was not referring to black people.
Yglesias: Oh, well okay then.
Klein: Oh, well okay then.
McArdle: What I was actually saying was, yes, social spending can be effective in certain ways, but isn’t it just legalized cannibalism, like lower-income Americans of many ethnicities have historically practiced?
Yglesias: I think Meg is barking up the wrong tree in her claim that social spending is…
Klein: I have some data here about the effectiveness of…
Tyler Cowan: Via Megan McArdle, here’s another good argument why smelly black people shouldn’t get any of your money.
Yglesias: LET’S KICK TYLER COWAN IN THE NUTS!!!
McArdle: Hi there, Tyler. I like you, Matt.
Yglesias: You! It! And the…! Oh, well okay then.
Klein: Tyler Cowan totally misses the point in his claim that the basis of social spending is premised on…
McArdle: I like you too, Ezra.
Klein: Because according to… Oh, well okay then.
Yglesias: Megan McArdle brings an interesting perspective to her latest post on the economics of having good hair. She does, in fact, have good hair. Howya doing over there, Megan?
McArdle: Doin’ great, Matt!
Yglesias: Cool, catch you later! Doop-de-doop, typin’ on the blog.
Klein: Researchin’ some policy, boop-de-doop-doop…
McArdle: [files nails]
Yglesias: Gettin’ hungry, havin’ a bagel.
McArdle: …Because what I really meant was, okay, carbon offsets, Third World, bla-bla-bla. So why don’t we just burn illegal immigrants for fuel? Are they full of carbon or something?
Glenn Reynolds: A good point from Megan McArdle: Can a market-based solution address future energy needs while curbing immigration?
McArdle: What I was saying was, isn’t carbon dioxide mostly carbon? I think carbon offsets are dodgy in many ways, but it’s important to be nice to poor people. Hey Matt, hey Ezra, you guys still there?
Yglesias: Uh, yeah.
Klein: Yeah, sure.
McArdle: I’m going to hold this football here, and you guys come kick it, okay?
Klein: Watch out, ’cause I’m really going to kick that football this time.