Chalk's Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Whiteboards vs. Blackboard: “So, on the one hand, we’ve got a classroom board that can be written on only with special pens. You can never tell when the pens will run out before they actually do so, and there’s no good way to extend the life of a pen once it finally expires. On the other hand, we’ve got little sticks of calcium carbonate. Sticks that are so cheap that…

Aesop After Darwin: The Radical Anthropomorphism of "The Far Side"

“It is true, of course, that the ‘Far Side’s’ famous cows are not always so secretive; sometimes they even make fun of us, as if getting revenge for all those times that passing car passengers–usually children, like the calf in this cowmobile–’mooed’ derisively at them when they were behind the fence. But for the most part the secret life of animals remains secret, and seemingly anthropomorphic.” –Aesop After Darwin: The…

I'm Not Proud of Some of the Things I've Done

“I have, at times, been too quick to bark, and I have whimpered needlessly. I have gnawed upon things I never should have gnawed. Yes, I have even bitten others in anger. Not often, and only when I felt I had to, but now I see that turning to the tooth never solves anything. I have been a bad boy.” Tuffy –I’m Not Proud of Some of the Things I’ve…

David Brin's Attack of the Clones Critique

David Brin knows how George Lucas can save the muddle that the Star Wars franchise has become. His suggestion is brilliant, and at the same time obvious. “Why else would Obi-Wan ‘hide’ Vader’s son in Vader’s home town? Their final ‘deathfight’ distracts the guards to let Luke/Han/Leia get away. How else do you explain that Vader grabs/interrogates Leia, yet never detects her force? Watch carefully… Vader’s ‘chase’ of Luke in…

Heathers Trivia

“In Heathers, Heather Chandler has the best lines, including a great insult: ‘What, did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?’ She’s killed by Christian Slater in the movie. Kim Walker, the actress who played her, died of a brain tumor in 2001. Creepy.” Lindsey CorcoranHeathers Triviareenhead)

Illusions of Freedom-Kantian Divisions in an Electronic Age

“[T]he web has been unable to deliver on its socially progressive potential because it has been ‘born’ into capitalism, a socioeconomic system that creates and depends upon the same ‘hierarchical classification systems’ Berners-Lee [inventor of the WWW] would like the Web to eliminate.” mowabb –Illusions of Freedom-Kantian Divisions in an Electronic Agethere is no spoon)