Monthly Archive: November 2012



This story and the potential for change it brings excites me more than the #funemployment hippie* party, #Occupy, ever did. Insightful, Hamilton Nolan writes: By 11:30 this morning, several dozen people wrapped in winter coats...


Cries Out For A Caption Contest

The author of the funniest caption will win a preview of an upcoming Monday Trivia question at Not A Potted Plant.


Bonus Friday Afternoon Jukebox

My CFO (aka The Wife) declined my proposal that we get tickets for a night out in NYC to see Gaslight Anthem.  I had been hoping to go to either last night’s show or...


Can There Be Any Doubt?

The Supreme Court is in conference today, considering certiorari petitions for ten cases addressing the issue of same-sex marriage. Eight of them are challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, one of them is...


What The What?

The Mind Boggles. “Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom,” Emphasis mine.


Our Place in the Natural World

Burt’s post this morning got me thinking about predators in the natural world and the way we interact with them. In the past few years I have considered myself lucky to see coyotes frequently while in...


Announcing The Upcoming Opposite Day Symposium!

Last year, we had a delightful time writing a handful of posts for opposite day. (Here‘s the original kickoff! James K wrote about The fallacy of separation of powers. Murali made a case for Democracy....


Thinking in Shorthand

The culture wars over political correctness in academia never really went away, I suppose, although they only sometimes bubble up to the top of the simmering zeitgeist. One of those bubbles reaches up near...


Like 1776, But Without the Singing

Actually, that’s not quite fair—I happen to enjoy watching 1776 and its John-Adams-as-Mr.-Feeney approach to history.  But perhaps that’s because there’s no one who’s going to leave any movie centered on Adams arguing for...


P.S. I Love You

by M.A. A friend of mine forwarded over a very disturbing letter. It’s written up as a letter to “Mom” from a daughter leaving an “abusive” household. What it really is, at least as...


Treme, Season 3, Episode 10, “Tipitina”

danny barker & baby dodds trio – my indian redWatch this video on YouTube Another season, here and gone, this one easily the most disappointing of the three and yet there still managed to...


Biology in Practice: How to Stretch a Gallon of Milk

LEFT: Yogurt is comprised of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacilli such as bulgaricus, acidophilus, casei, and rhamnosis. In the spirit of Tod Kelly’s Cheap-ass Gourmet series, and to add to the plethora of food posts we’ve...