I Have Outlived My Father

While I cannot find *ANY* confirmation of this on the net, I’m going to go ahead and say anyway that Warren Zevon once said that the hard part of coming up with any song was coming up with the title. After you’ve got that, I’m sure I remember hearing him say, it’s smooth sailing. His…

Just trying to get a general feel, here…

We’ve seen Kazzy’s post about teaching with regards to personality type and saw, once again, my assumption that we’re all INTPs or INTJs. Well, this is one of those things that is a *HUGE* assumption on my part and, heck, I’m probably wrong. BUT!, I asked myself, how can we *DEMONSTRATE* that Jaybird is wrong?…

Comment Rescue!

In Russel Saunders’s “We Are The State” essay, there was a delightful exchange that deserves to be highlighted. Impavid commenter Snarky McSnarkSnark points out: I made the following observation a few days ago in another post, but I think there is a notion among our conservative and libertarian friends that the “State” is a monolithic…

Talking about Things that Happened

A few months back, before The Avengers movie came out, I had a pre-movie open thread in which I discussed why the Captain America movie made me a little bit uncomfortable. Behind the cut, I’m going to explore a little bit of that discussion again and then recommend a Captain American comic to you all:…

On The Counting Of Heads

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Democracy. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. Over reading the posts from the Democracy Symposium from everyone else so far, I couldn’t help but notice that Democracy,…

Looking Backwards The Sequel: Backwardser

In the aftermath of Aurora, The Dark Knight, and Aurora in light of The Dark Knight, I’ve been thinking about our relationship to our religion, our God(s), and the extent to which superheroes have become our surrogate gods that allow us to talk about Morality The Way We Think It Ought To Be (basically, assuming…

Gotham Delenda Est

If you can’t tell from the picture, this post will discuss spoilers of both plot and theme in the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight Rises. Ethan Gach has a lovely non-spoiler review here which is perfect for non-spoilery discussion of the movie. Since we’ll have spoilers after the cut, I imagine we’ll also discuss…

Requiescat In Pace, Alexander Cockburn

I’m thrilled that we got to read your obit of Hitchens but sadly disappointed that we would never get to read Hitchens’ obit of you. If there’s a place where we can argue in the afterlife, I hope that you two are going at it even now. We’ll be poorer for not having you be…

Batman Silly Season Weekend Open Thread

Okay. Who saw it? I haven’t seen it yet. If I loved the first two, will I love this one? I’m hoping to maybe catch it Saturday morning, maybe. Should I move it up to Friday night? (If you feel like discussing *MAJOR* spoilers, please rot13 them) This is, of course, an open thread.

As it turns out, half may be an overstatement

This essay was originally intended for Mindless Diversions but, as you can probably tell, it veered off into dangerous territory fairly quickly… so I’m putting it here. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, there was all sorts of a scare about “children’s programming” and the horrors of violence that kids might be subjected to by watching…

Putting Off Chores

So in my listening to some Dubstep (which I consider research), I stumbled across the soundtrack to Sucker Punch which, I have come to find out, is actually a movie about Project MKUltra and, specifically, Monarch Mind Control (something for which, it’s pointed out, no credible evidence exists). Apparently, there’s a subculture out there devoted to bringing…

I honestly thought they were Thunderheads

My friends who have asthma are all complaining about how the air quality is totally wiping them out. When we first moved to Colorado Springs, we moved up to the Rockrimmon area. The houses in that neighborhood are now being evacuated. My friends who have parents out there are posting to facebook that their parents…

None of this has happened yet

In doing research while watching Fringe episode “Momentum Deferred” from the second season of Fringe for the most recent Mindless Diversions Bookclub! post, I asked the question “Do people still do cryogenics?” In googling, I found out that, boy howdy, do they ever. I found out about Alcor. My immediate takeaway was that the “cost…

Topical Astrophysics Post And Open Thread

One of my friends recently met Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Space Symposium and they chatted for about 4 minutes about such things as the meme he’s inspired and general love of science and even as I thought “how awesome!”, I felt a surge of envy well up in me and I thought about the…

Confirmation Bias, Video Games, Art, and Interactivity

Mass Effect 3 was released two weeks ago today (Tuesday) and there have been a lot of little swirling dynamics when it comes to the game, consumer response, corporate response to the consumer response, and so on. (Now, I can’t talk about the game and some of the problems that folks have with it without touching on spoilers.…