Just because I have other things to do (like my Professional Responsibility reading) doesn’t mean I don’t have time to waste on the internet.
Our world may be a giant hologram
Filed Under [science ]
superuseless superpowers Things like being impervious to the 13th bullet fired at you (and not the first 12) or being able to teleport one inch in any direction. Filed Under [humor superheroes ]
Readingon on the Rise
A new report from the NEA: more Americans are reading and more Americans are reading Fiction! Filed Under [books Culture america ]
Inside the Savant Mind: Tips for Thinking from an Extraordinary Thinker
An autistic savant discusses how his memory works. Filed Under [psychology neuroscience mind ]
Whitechapel – Postmodernism – your views?
A forum discussion of everyone’s favorite subject of academic wankery. Filed Under [literature philosophy postmodernism ]
Joe the Plumber = Homer Simpson?
Some action shots of everyone’s favorite two legged political prop captioned with Simpsons quotes. I like Homer. Filed Under [politics ]
Back in San Francisco and positively tingling with anticipation for classes to start, I still have a few links for my adoring public.
9 Reasons Not to Attend Law School
All true, and yet I remain undeterred.Filed Under [lawschool ]
People Who Deserve It
Deserve what? A punch in the face, of course.”This blog is not written with malice or scorn, but with a sincere desire to witness the upward progression of the human race. And some people are ruining it for everybody.
People who wear sunglasses inside.
Savages who pee on the seat.
This kind of conduct only perpetuates the acceptance of degenerate behavior.
On this space log, you will find examples of socially responsible reasons to punch someone in the face. And remember, we do it for the kids.”
Filed Under [humor blogs ]
Borges: Pathways of the (Postmodern) Mind
Jorge Luis Borges and some problems of taxonomy.”At first glance, I was fascinated by the idea of so many academics being fooled by a supposed misquote. But then I saw: in these three paragraphs there are multiple levels of story going on. First of all, academic infighting: “they hoped to tear me apart.” Then the philosophical differences between Modernists and Postmodernists, which is interesting in itself, because really, their conflict is all about ways of thinking about reality. Which is, of course what Borges’ works all played with.”
Filed Under [literature philosophy postmodernism ]
Zoom Baby, Zoom
A panoramic photo with awesome details.Filed Under [photography ]
Is it Art?
Re: the cultural significance of video games.”There is no other medium that produces so pure a cultural segregation as video games, so clean-cut a division between the audience and the non-audience. Books, films, TV, dance, theatre, music, painting, photography, sculpture, all have publics which either are or aren’t interested in them, but at least know that these forms exist, that things happen in them in which people who are interested in them are interested. They are all part of our current cultural discourse. Video games aren’t. Video games have people who play them, and a wider public for whom they simply don’t exist.”
Filed Under [media videogames ]
NIN best selling cc-licensed music
Lawrence Lessig considers the implications of Nine Inch Nail’s CC licensed album’s success.”Even more exciting, however, is that Ghosts I-IV is ranked the best selling MP3 album of 2008 on Amazon’s MP3 store.”
Filed Under [music copyright creativecommons ]
What WWE champion Mick Foley thought of The Wrestler Mankind talks about a movie I am dying to see, but haven’t yet: “I even heard that I was one of his influences in preparing for the role. But what did Hollywood know about my business, anyway? Who had they ever beaten? (As we say in the biz.)”Filed Under [criticism film sports wrestling ]
On Language – Bleeping Expletives
William Safire examines the media’s censorship techniques:
“The need for today’s review is the coverage given to the participial modifier employed with great frequency and immortalized on recordings of telephone conversations made by the F.B.I. as its shocked — shocked! — agents eavesdropped on Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois governor. His favorite intensifier was reproduced in many newspapers and Internet sites with dashes as “—-ing” or with asterisks as “****ing” and was substituted in broadcasts, telecasts and Netcasts as a word descriptive of the sound called bleep.”
Filed Under [media language profanity nytimes ]
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere: writing The Other
“I think he does an overall good job with female characters. But the imperfections of a writer like Gaiman, however small, are infinitely more revealing to discuss than are the the glaring mistakes of writers who don’t even seem to like women.”Filed Under [criticism Comics feminist ]
Some Modest Advice for Young Law Scholars
“If you want to have an easy tenure case, here are some modest suggestions”Filed Under [law lawschool academia ]
Linking and driving, only without the driving.
The Smart Set: The Term Paper Artist
An academic mercenary gives a behind the scenes look at writing term papers for money.
Filed Under [plagiarism essays education academia ]
The climate change unbelievers
In spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some very smart people think climate change isn’t happening.
Filed Under [environment climatechange ]
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Economic Crisis Hits the Markson Family Monopoly Board.
“I realize Bethany is only 6, and you find it cute that she writes “$5,000″ in crayon on the backs of the Chance and Community Chest cards when she runs out of funds and uses them to purchase houses, but, if you recall, that is exactly what led to the inflation that crippled our Friday fun.”
Filed Under [satire economics ]
Interview with Noam Chomsky:
Saying the things Chomsky says, like: “Nobody should have any illusions. The United States has essentially a one-party system and the ruling party is the business party. ”
Filed Under [politics election08 economics ]
900-Pound Giant Squid Joins Cast Of ‘The View’Filed Under [humor ]
Malcolm Gladwell questions our equation of precociousness with genius, and asks if maybe we shouldn’t appreciate the creators who have put in the time.
Filed Under [none]
Bill Clinton talks about Fight Club
“But you know, so it was a little too nihilist for me, but I thought it was very compelling. I thought that those two guys were great and I think that Helena Bonham Carter was in it and she was a very compelling figure in it. I thought it was quite good.”
Filed Under [none]
Florida State University To Phase Out Academic Operations By 2010
It was only a matter of time. The wise old adage that has graced many a t-shirt has been proven true. Without pesky academics to get in the way, Tallahassee is officially a “Drinking Town with a Football Problem.” At last the Mighty Seminoles can focus on the truly important things in life, like preparing for the illustrious Emerald Bowl, here in San Francisco. It is perhaps the most prestigious of all the bowls to be named after a brand of nuts.
The only thing I find shocking about this article is that the byline is Sarasota, Fl. How could the Onion, one of the most reputable news outlets in the world, have made such a careless error? Everyone knows that Florida State University stands like a beacon of ivory tower intellectualism in the thriving metropolis of Tallahassee, the fast paced capital city. Sarasota, indeed.