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3 anecdotes that shape my thoughts on #GamerGate – Boy Scouts, a Cat in the Trash, and a Clockwork Orange

If you don’t know what #GamerGate is, you should be glad.  It’s awful.  Here’s a summary if you don’t know. Here’s my TL;DR for you: 1. Over the last couple years, a few feminists have been pointing out that many video games perpetuate sexist stereotypes about women, and make little room for women in their […]

Archbishop John Nienstedt should be ashamed of himself.

Archbishop John Nienstedt asked Jaime Moore, the longtime music director for St. Victoria parish in Victoria, MN, to resign after Moore married his longtime same-sex partner.  Nienstedt should be ashamed of himself. We’ve long understood that the Bible is a hot mess of contradictions.  Aside from confusions introduced by its translation into other languages, there […]

Too long for a bumper sticker, but awesome anyway.

From one of PZ Myers’ recent posts about gender equality: Here’s the deal, Fox News. The world is changing. It’s not getting worse, it’s getting different, and I know that’s the kind of thing that makes bitter, cranky old conservatives weep into their scotch and water, but deal with it. Besides, you’ll be dead soon […]

Evil Dead (2013) – Rants, Delights, and Picking nits

Having written my review of Evil Dead yesterday, today is the rants, delights, and nit picking session.  Needless to say, Spoilers ahoy! I will hand it to Alvarez and Sayagues that they didn’t fall into the stereotypes as deeply as one might expect.  This isn’t Cabin in the Woods.  But leave it to the hipster […]

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 […]

Call to the Lazy Web: Virtual Library Shelf

I’ve often lamented to my classes that the Internet has not yet come up with the electrate equivalent of the library shelf.  Denizens of the library recognize the collectors’ delight in the surprising find, the book that’s near the one we wanted but not directly related to it.  It might be two shelves up, or […]

Commentary on “Link Sausage”

Fair warning: Thorough research for this post may take you a few minutes, as you have some link-reading to do. Background: Brandywine books is the blog of novelist Lars Walker and a couple of his friends (or just one?, hi Phil!).  Walker reviews books at a prodigious pace (faster than me) and writes about a […]

Wasn’t it always a tax?

One of the Planet Money podcasters mentioned, a while back, that the American people are really dumb about how we understand taxes and spending (my words, not his).  Some of us complain when the government spends money by collecting it and then disbursing it, but few of us complain when the government spends money by […]

A Ranty Rant about Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman I’d normally save this up to do a double review, but I have a lot to say about this movie, so here goes. First, the positives.  This is a pretty movie.  It looks GREAT.  The costume designers, set designers, FX artists, and cinematographers did an amazing job.  I love the […]

New Directions in Popular Culture Theory

The most invigorating and lively panel I attended was the Professional Development panel chaired by Bob Batchelor on Saturday morning at 11:15.  Four of us presented to a packed house, offering ideas and explorations of the current pop culture landscape and considering how Pop Culture studies and Theory could interact in the future.  Quick summaries […]

A couple quick complaints about the birth on BONES

Tempe Brennan just gave birth on Bones last week, and I was annoyed by a couple things: No way she would be pro-home birth.  The clinical and scientific research shows a significant risk in giving birth at home, and I just find her character too scientific to act the way she was acting.  Lame. Pregnancies, […]

Sometimes I realize I just don’t understand people

This happened last week. I was on my way into the restroom at work, following about three steps behind a hipster wearing a knit hat and a backpack.  As I rounded the corner, I could hear one of the sinks going full blast and could see that no one was standing by them.  The man […]

Why I’m Not a Libertarian

Libertarianism–at least as I understand it and Jillette seems to agree–takes as its central premise that it’s unethical for the government to coerce anyone to do anything.  The government should only provide protection to its citizens in the form of a limited police force and a military.  Everything else should be resolved in the free […]

Works without Faith

Two conversations I had in high school, with friends of different Christian sects, would stay in my mind a long time, becoming a crucial part of how I understood my own relationship to religion for years. Driving to some group outing (I want to say bowling, even though this was not part of our usual […]

Ethos, or Stay Classy

I recently sold a futon/bunk bed on Craigslist, pricing it relatively low so as to get rid of it quickly.  I had a number of nice inquiries, but I also had this one: Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 14:10:45 -0600 Subject: Futon couch/bed with twin bunk above – $50 (Forest Park, IL) From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX To: […]