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Movin’ On Up: thoughts on officiating competitions

Today I take my YMCA Swim Official Level 2 certification class.  After today, and after I take the test associated with the course, I will be eligible to perform a variety of duties at swim meets as an official, at least at meets with YMCA designation (USA swimming, the governing body that organizes swim meets […]

Two thoughts on the Boston bombing and related events

First, the coverage of the Boston bombing on Popehat has been amazing.  The gang over there have been doing a bang-up job writing from new angles about the event.  My two favorite are: “security theater, martial law, and a tale that trumps every cop-and-donut joke you’ve ever heard” in which Clark wrote about the enormous […]

Two sentences you’ll enjoy

From a recent episode of ashow with zefrank… “I wonder if easier said than done is easier said than done.”   From an episode of Stephen Fry’s English Delight, regarding the word buffalo which can refer to the American animal, the American town (capitalized, of course) or the act of confusing someone.  Which means you […]


Between two hipster students on my campus, walking past me on the sidewalk: Woman: … I’m in if I can have my own house, something that none of the other wives can get into. Man: That sounds reasonable.

Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto

We went to the Reel Big Fish / Streetlight Manifesto show at House of Blues last Tuesday (19 July).  It was a fun show, with good music all around (we arrived after the first band’s set was over, though, so I don’t know how they were).  A few thoughts: The second opening band was Rodeo […]

We’re doing something right

On the way home from the pool the other day, a couple days before we’re going to go camping with our friends Michelle and Christopher and their daughter Jordan: Avery: I love you, Daddy. Me: Well, thank you, Avery.  I love you too. Avery: I love you, Mommy. And I love Finn.  And I love […]

PCA/ACA Rundown I

I went to the national PCA/ACA conference last week in beautiful St. Louis.  It was a great event, with lots of fun people and good scholarship to see.  As usual, I did not get to see as many panels as I would have liked since I’m on the executive board and so have to attend […]

In case you missed Glee this week

Finn:  “I don’t think one decision makes your life, unless you accidentally invent some kind of zombie virus or something.”

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The challenges of group work

During a student presentation in my Detective fiction class today, the small groups were assigned to come up with the idea for a police procedural novel.  One of the groups proposed a story involving a “cat lady” who was murdered in her home by a mysterious killer.  As they finished their description, one member of […]

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Talk Origins

My favorite answer on the Talk Origins archive. Creationist claim: Homosexuality is considered acceptable and even desirable by most evolutionists, who point out that homosexuality is common in many species. Evolutionist respose: 3. The Biblical objection to homosexuality is hypocritical, because those who condemn it do not condemn just as vigorously other prohibited behaviors such […]

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My St. Pat’s Day rocked

We went to the Flogging Molly concert at the Congress Theatre last night.   I enjoyed myself immensely.  A few comments: Turns out I need to think a bit more carefully about the challenges of being less than six feet tall in the general admissions venue.  We found a good spot eventually, but it was […]

Old-time radio shows

I just finished listening to a bunch of old radio shows I downloaded a while ago.  I love radio plays, with their hilarious sound effects and atmospheric storytelling.  The Mike Shayne stories were the best, with Mike regularly registering surprise by saying “Whaa?” or “HUH!?”  Awesome stuff.  A few more thoughts: The Case of the […]

Penn on Parenting

I’ve been watching Penn Gilette’s youtube channel lately, and while I think some of the stuff he says is outrageously stupid, some of it is lovely and smart.  His commentary on Freakonomics and athiesm here is pretty interesting, and reminds me why I watch his channel. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxDxk1-U-Zk]

Reading advice from Columbia’s bathroom scribes

READ NIETZSCHE! Books are for girls! (and guys who like to read!)

Digital news to freak out about

Found via Slashdot and Digg 1. The judgement in a cyberbullying case has the potential to make Terms of Service into laws. By the use and abuse of an anti-hacking statute, a woman was charged with a crime for violated the TOS of Myspace. Think about this: TOS are the click-throughs that very few people […]