A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
On reachable carrots.
The Rightville Fundys took the field in their Grey uniforms marching in step and chanting “Fundys block, Fundys tackle” while the marching band played a stirring fight song. The Caterpillars came in led by their national champion dance squad with ribbons and a phalanx of tambourine players. The new bright yellow and green Caterpillar uniforms made quite a splash, although some fans found the face and antenna on the helmet a little jarring. The crowd was moved by Robert Smith’s baritone rendition of the national anthem, while Leftward Valley’s Fawn Warren played a traditional Iroquois flute and danced counter clockwise.
Have you ever built a world? I would be willing to wager you have visited a few. Perhaps you have hopped in the cockpit of your trusty X-Wing to battle the Galactic Empire. Or maybe you have slipped into Elf-forged mythril chain mail as you thwarted the orcs of Mordor. Who knows, maybe you prefer squeezing into some spandex and facing down the Kree. But have you ever built a world? If you are so inclined, let’s explore some principles for world generation using insights from economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
While on a trip to Israel and Cyprus with my father this past May, I attempted to see as many of its physical remnants as possible. Having participated in a Birthright trip previously, I had already seen most of Israel’s sites of Jewish and Israeli national importance, and aside from an obligatory return to the Western Wall, wasn’t looking to retrace any steps.
After the eulogy, a peculiar hollowness.
Meaning and context take a backseat as the language police round up another suspect.
As vile as I find Jones to be, if his First Amendment rights were being violated I would defend him and his company. But that isn’t what is happening here.
The debate is over whether Dems should be more socialist, left leaning, and liberal and whether those things are interchangeable anymore.
The New York Times’ defense of radicalization is inadequate.
As Donald Trump continues to make a mess domestically and internationally, have his opponents learned anything? Nope.
Here is my story.
“Having a candidate silenced is a threat to American democracy,” The statement read. Let us leave the debate over whether or not the republic can endure 12 hours of Twitter silence from Austin Petersen for a moment, and deal with what this incident shows us about the man.
Jim Acosta and CNN versus Trump and the MAGA crowd is the most entertaining storyline going in news media. Which is exactly how it was designed to be.
How Christopher Beha’s satire of celebrity culture creates space for the human in technology’s panopticon
Why did fascism fail in 1930s Britain? And what lessons can we learn to make sure that it fails in the 21st century?
I’d be more optimistic about gentrification in my city if the boosters could fill in the details of their bright new future.
Gods, prophets, and founders of nations of man.
The straw ban isn’t the problem; the idea that the straw ban is some kind of bridge to solving bigger problems is. Because straw bans are easy; effecting real change is hard.
Ordinary Times regular contributors Mark Krieger (@musepolisci) and Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) break down the news that Walmart is looking to launch their own streaming service, and fall on opposite sides when it comes to projecting the retail giants success.
Are we looking at a turning tide, or is a lack of action still digging a deeper hole for future generations to climb out of?
Everyone has that favorite book they have played out as a movie in their imagination. Mine is Red Storm Rising. If done properly it would be not only an epic piece of storytelling, but timely as well.
Introducing the Lizard Control System.
Marijuana wedding bars might be just what you need to have a wedding you won’t forget.
Facing potentially thousands of lawsuits arising from October’s deadly mass shooting, MGM asks the court to declare them immune.
Looking towards an empty nest.