Category: Culture

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Weekend Plans Post: Spoiler Theory

In which I both sympathize with and complain about people who complain about spoilers.
Warning: We will discuss spoilers for movies that came out years ago. Specifically: Flightplan. Oh, and some more recent M. Night Shyamalan movies.

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Save Our English

The beautiful thing about English is that you don’t have to use such an awkward phrasing as “accused of having sex with an incapacitated woman against her will”. You can use only three words: “accused of rape.”

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Purim!

They tried to kill us. They failed. Let’s eat.

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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.