Merkle and the case of the misleading metaphor

How do you describe what can’t be seen? Well, thank goodness for the marvelous metaphor. If you took all the metaphors I’ve used over the years and stacked them up end to end, they would reach from Earth to the far side of Uranus and back. But all the good metaphors I’ve used could dance on the head of pin, their substance a thousand times thinner than the width of…

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Rings director cuts wizard scenes

Actor Christopher Lee has said he was mystified to learn that his key scenes have been dropped from the third Lord of the Rings movie. –Rings director cuts wizard scenes (BBC) Lee plays Sarumon, and in the book he reappears in the climax that brings the Hobbits back to the Shire. So far, I have been very happy with the director’s interpretation of the books, but I shudder to think that…

Adventures in Higher Education: iPod Envy

Forget discriminating people based on their race, religion, gender, or colloquial term for four-square, it‘sall about playlistism. That‘sright, judging people by their iTunes playlist. Now, I can’t take full credit for this idea; playlistism is really the brainchild of Katie ?the iTunes Hatemonger? Brown, but if playlistism ever takes off like the Klu Klux Klan did, I?d be a Grand Wizard. Let me explain the basics. –Stephen Aubrey –Adventures in…