Cinematic shorthand tends to make use of emblematic actions to visually represent certain eras: the 40s USO dance, 50s drag race, 60s protest, etc. These, usually collective, activities come to be how we visualize historical periods such that we wonder if those who lived through the periods but sat out the activities were really there.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out. While he says his teammates and coaches knew since the summer and that many people associated with the NFL also seemed to know, he wanted to formally come out on his own terms, saying, “I want to own my truth. … No…
In 2013, eighty-seven folks were exonerated of the crimes for which they were convicted. Twenty-seven of them were exonerated for convictions of murder, arson, and sex crimes that it was determined never happened (or weren’t crimes).
What a long, strange trip it’s been.
Good graphic design should be simple and communicate in an immediately powerful way. Here’s an example.
My friend Stephanie just shared this photo on Facebook and Twitter (she’s one of the folks that contributes to this Twitter account) and I thought ya’ll might like it.
Ralph Kiner, RIP. I grew up watching Kiner’s Korner after every game and delighting at the yarns he’d spin during the games; the occasional malapropism only added to the charm. It’s hard to imagine me learning to love baseball without him and without his signature line “That ball is gone, goodbye,” which I must have…
Jon Chait writes of the latest Republican health care proposal that:
ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte weighs in on the controversial Grantland piece.
For those of you who haven’t seen enough of my opinions about vaccinations, good news! I have more to say about them.
So, that Stephen Glass guy. Tried to become a lawyer. Whatever happened to him?
Falling in love with someone is the most common thing in the world, yet it feels miraculous- like the eruption of the divine into everyday life. When people have religious experiences, does it feel like falling in love?
By chance, sometimes the U.S. News and World Report rankings provide actual insight validated by empirical evidence. This is one of those times.
We need a place to talk about The Big Game and how Denver is going to win it.
One-time OT-er-before-it-was-OT Fredrik deBoer weighed in recently on Hanna Rosin’s defense of the title of her book in Time magazine, which New Dealer spotlighted not long ago.
What would you do?
The Republicans’ hope for capturing the governorship of California in 2014. No, really.
This does not look good.
Mike Francesa, while debating a caller about Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame candidacy: “As I see it, there are two criteria for being a Hall of Famer. First, you ask yourself, ‘Is this guy a Hall of Famer?’ If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, than the guy isn’t a Hall of Famer.” I was…
The least self-aware quote since “Only a Sith thinks in absolutes!”
What happens when the professor just plain gives away all the answers?
What would J. Edgar have said about this?
In Russell’s post decrying outing, Jaybird mentioned that he supported outing because “moralists being caught with their pants down are funny” and he included a reference to champions of “stopping anthropogenic global warming” doing things like having “four-figure electrical bills for their homes”. This, of course, turned into a sidebar post.
Each year, New Year’s Eve brings to mind The Apartment, a film whose climax takes place on that evening. When you watch it next, note Shirley MacLaine’s great bit of acting as everyone at the party is singing Auld Lang Syne and her face radiates the melancholy of the holiday- our shared delusion of renewal…
My school has never put in place individual classroom budgets. They are attempting to do so now. I was just informed that I have gone over budget even though I was never given a budget. The reasoning is that last year I spent $1600 and this year I’ve already spent $1800. Since I only spent…
Here are my final NFL power rankings of the regular season, focusing just on those teams that are making the playoffs. Because, honestly, does anyone really care where the Tampa Bay Bucs rank?
Purchasing Christmas Trees in My Town December 1 – December 24: Available for $30 December 26: Available for $30 Purchasing Eggnog in My Town December 1 – December 24: Available everywhere December 26: Available nowhere What am I missing?
If Jesus and Santa can be white, why not Freddie Mercury?
Ken White explains perfectly why it is a disservice to the concept of free speech to attempt to case the Duck Dynasty brouhaha as a free speech issue, even if other values suggest that the reaction (and, for that matter, the reaction to the reaction) was absurd. He also makes a number of other essential…
Yesterday our flight was delayed for about an hour and a half. Then, once on the tarmac and runway, we were out there waiting for another hour. It was hot, it was uncomfortable. We eventually took off, flew, and landed. Throughout the entire time, my electronic devices were publicly and visibly on and I was…
What if Santa really was real?
Congratulations to Utah and New Mexico.
Have we hit bottom yet?
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled on Canada’s prostitution laws, finding that they put sex workers in peril.
Noted First Amendment scholar Sarah Palin on the backlash against a reality show star’s anti-gay comments:“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.” Got that? Speech that is critical of someone who expresses a socially conservative…
I am far, far, far from an expert on labor practice. So why the hell shouldn’t I have my own theory on how unions should function?