Category: Culture

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The Islands of Nebraska

It has received shockingly little coverage, but parts of the Upper Mid-West are suffering some of the worst flooding seen in a generation, if not longer.

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The Fame Monster

Should we name the shooter after mass shootings? Yes, we should.

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The Laundromat: A Study In Human Despair

I hear tell of laundromats designed to take the misery out of the experience, with pool tables, food, even a bar. But in Small Town, Nowhere USA, you get stale cheese crackers and the spectacle of human misery for entertainment.

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Strike Four: The Evolution of Baseball

This is my shameless self promotion post. I have mentioned previously that I had a book coming out. Well, it is out now. It is a history of the rules of baseball.

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Hal Blaine: Time Well Kept

Forty #1 hits had Hal Blaine keeping time on them. More than 35,000 recorded tracks over the years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is credited as playing on more hit records of the rock era than any other drummer.

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Manhood Isn’t Toxic, but It Also Isn’t Static

Still, traditional masculinity, no matter how you define it, has been an undeniably productive force in the world. In tandem with femininity, it has carried humanity into a future that holds boundless potential for our intellectual, physical, psychological and spiritual development. We are the brightest, most advanced, and most durable creatures this planet has ever seen. Masculinity deserves its fair share of the credit for that.

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Let’s Abstain from Mandatory Calorie Counts

I – perhaps ironically – don’t think this is healthy. Life is for living. We’re here for a short time, so make it a good time. In isolation, calorie counts are of limited relevance here.

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Adventure Time?

I’ve heard it said that at its heart, science fiction is really just an adventure story.
While this may be true, I don’t believe “adventure” is the reason I enjoy the genre.