About Max

A Maine native, Max now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, who is an editor at National Review, and their three cats in a c. 1790 house built by an American Revolution war veteran. Max was pretty liberal in college, but then moved to New York City, which, though it's the most liberal city in the world, ironically made him into a conservative. He is a classic neoconservative: someone who was liberal and moved rightward initially over concerns about national security and foreign policy. Max does a number of things for Ricochet, including maintenance, project management, customer service, and some writing from time to time. He writes about his adopted home town, Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, at tuftonboro.net.

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Tomorrow is my last day working for Ricochet. I became a member in October of 2011, after having listened to the Ricochet podcast for about a year prior to that. Those were the days of Troy Senik and Mollie Hemingway. In October of 2014, as I was packing to move from NYC to New Hampshire, […]

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The Great Task Remaining Before Us

 

Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremonies at the Soldiers’ National cemetery. Nov. 19, 1863. 20th century print with modern color. Shutterstock.com

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

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We had a 21 minute outage from a data center yesterday. Here’s the explanation from the data center: We have determined that this outage was caused by a software issue affecting a switch pair. We are performing a full investigation to determine the root cause and help prevent this issue from recurring in the future. We […]

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Goodbye, Sweet Henrietta

 

My sweetest Henrietta died on Friday morning in my lap. I hope that my touch in her last conscious moments was comforting to her. She was attached to me as no other cat has ever been, and I to her. I found her in an actual trash pile in Brooklyn, NY, on October 17, 2011.

We had thought that she had arthritis since January of this year, and I had been giving her medication for that three times a week. Once a jumper who spent most of her time on top of the refrigerator, she had slowly relinquished her former heights until she spent most of her last few months on our bed, which is only 18 inches off the ground.

About a month ago we took her to the vet’s because she was having difficulty breathing. We saw that from about that time on her mobility was quickly declining.  I began to have to carry her to the litter box because she couldn’t get into it on her own. Last Monday we took her in again and our vet realized that her mobility issues were neurological, likely due to a tumor somewhere on her spine. The vet gave her a steroid shot, which helped her for several days. Thursday she began having trouble breathing again, and that night I lay on the floor of the bathroom, where she had retreated, and thought that she would die there. I looked in her eyes and slowly blinked, the cat way of saying, “I love you.”

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Our web host had a catastrophic world-wide outage this evening. The first assumption was that it was a cyber attack, but the host is still sorting it out. In any case it wasn’t an attack necessarily against us — all sites at the host went down. Our hosting provider is actively working on the issue, […]

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Harry Truman and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

 

Harry Truman

Peter Robinson expressed his opinion on Twitter today that President Truman did not approve the use of the nuclear bomb. “Truman never approved the use of the bomb–or disapproved it,” He wrote. “The military considered it one more weapon, like a new submarine or aircraft. They kept Truman informed. But they did not ask his approval.”

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We moved the website to a new server. The transfer itself took about 90 minutes, and then there was some more time that the rest of you couldn’t access the site while we evaluated things. But hopefully most of you were asleep anyway. (It’s 2:58AM ET right now.) If there are any stray issues, we […]

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OK, last night didn’t work out because we found something that would have been broken on the new server. But we fixed that and we’re going to move the website to a new server tonight at midnight. And only the things we don’t know about will break, which really is more fun anyway, when you […]

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UPDATE: NOW LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS due to amazing initial response! Ricochet is seeking a part-time member support associate from among the existing Ricochet membership. Who better to represent Ricochet and tend the needs of our customers/members needs? Would you like to join the Ricochet team? We’re looking for someone to spend 10-15 hours a week […]

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In order to use Ricochet, members are required to accept and follow the terms & conditions and the code of conduct. The code of conduct should be followed even if another member disagrees with you about [fill in most important topic ever]. I assume you’ve all read the code of conduct, since you agreed to follow it, […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Was a Bad Movie. Change My Mind.

 

Endgame was released about ten years ago (er, in April), but I didn’t watch it until this week. I don’t really see movies in theaters anymore, partly because the nearest theater is a 45-minute drive from my house. Also, it’s so damn expensive for tickets, and I can’t pause the big screen when I need to go to the bathroom. Anyway, I don’t think it was that great of a movie.

Obviously, this post is going to have some spoilers in it, but if you haven’t seen the movie yet, then tough. I mean, it did come out like ten years ago.

Best Rock Song Ever

 

Fred Cole (@fredcole) thinks the best rock song is “White Room” by Cream for some reason. Jon Gabriel (@jon) said he’d only ever heard The KLF song titled “White Room.” I listened to both and now I want to go BASE jumping without a parachute.

I say “Unforgiven” by Metallica is much better, although it’s not even necessarily my favorite Metallica song (“Whiskey in the Jar” is high on my list). You see, Fred and I obviously have a difference in opinion when it comes to music. He seems like easy listening soft rock, while I prefer to listen to good music.

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http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/workingclasswoodsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/woodsmans-podcast-8.mp3 It’s the first podcast of 2019 and Ed’s focused on ice fishing, even though the ice on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee isn’t quite thick enough yet to be out on, especially not with any equipment. Still, some of the smaller lakes are solid enough and plenty of fishermen are out there. Max has an […]

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Kate Braestrup, Ricochet’s favorite best-selling author & minister from Maine, will be doing a book talk at my public library on Saturday, January 20, at 11AM. That’s this coming Saturday! The address is 221 Middle Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH.  There will be light refreshments afterwards in the library and a local bookstore will be selling […]

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