Star Trek original bridge and action figures reissue

I know that my bridge playset has long since gone to the big warp core in the sky, and I can’t seem to find the shoebox where I kept my original Star Trek action figures from the 70s.   Even as a kid, I remember being frustrated that the playset didn’t really look all that much like the bridge, though the captain’s chair is a reasonable replica. Those little stools…

A 'peaceful' death for capo, his Mafia

A serendipitous click on a link brought me to this striking example of storytelling economy in a news story.  “Three flower cars, wow!” said a pilgrim from Wisconsin who was just about to chomp down on a chocolate cannoli from Mike’s Pastry yesterday morning. The cheesehead was momentarily spellbound by the stately procession of black Cadillacs gliding toward him up Hanover Street, coming to rest at the venerable gates of…

Lazy journalism exposed by online hoax

A big part of my work as a freshman writing instructor seems to be convincing students that I really do mean it when I explain that Googling to “find quotes” to support an opinion you’ve already committed to paper is not the same thing as doing academic research with peer-reviewed sources.  I also find that newbie journalism students have to be reminded that it’s not a news article if you…