• General

    Splitcoil Got It Right…

    When I asked ‘What is religion good for?’ (if, for example, it doesn’t reduce child abuse rates among believers), Splitcoil commented: What’s religion good for? In my experience, it’s good for giving terrible people an “out.” No matter how many 11-year-old girls you rape, Jesus still loves you, according to…

  • General

    Lovely and Amazing

    If you haven’t yet seen Ryan, the amazing, Oscar(TM)nominated short animated film from Canada, you owe it to yourself to do so. Clickety to watch online free. Question – is the burnout an inevitable consequence of the genius, or is it just the drugs and pretty much unrelated?

  • Technology

    Fraternity

    Big Brother and Little Brother are getting together. From Salon.com: There’s a gator guarding your privacy at the Department of Homeland Security. Among the appointees to the department’s 20 member “Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee” is D. Reed Freeman, the “chief privacy officer” of Claria Corporation. That’s the company…

  • General

    Carnegie Scholarship

    A short excerpt from the letter that just arrived: Congratulations. You have been selected as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar, and will be joining twenty colleagues in The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). This year’s review process was the most rigorous to date, with more than…

  • General

    It’s the Guns, Stupid

    One more article – pretty balanced over all, and with the kind of detail we seldom get in these stories – about whether video games cause kids to shoot people. (It’s on Salon.com, so if you’re not subscriber you’ll have to watch a short ad to read the article. I…

  • Religion

    Shmeat Life

    I’m not sure where it’s from, but someone mentioned that they’d heard ‘shmeat’ used as a general term for all those meat substitutes – NotBacon, Protose, Nutmeat, etc – that some vegetarians eat, and I kinda like the sound of the word. I was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, so…

  • Musings - Politics

    On Not Looking at Pretty Girls

    Even as an older, happily married guy, I sometimes find it difficult to meet the eyes of particularly beautfiul young women. In part I flatter myself that it’s an attempt not to make them uncomfortable by gawking, but I suspect it’s mostly the remnants of my inner teenage boy… If…

  • Musings - Religion

    From Dan to Bathsheba

    Two things, neither of them earth-shattering, about this comment (the heading above) Suzie made in reference to our daughters’ homework and its location: Only those who know their Bibles fairly well will get the joke Jokes in general, if they’re any good, require some fairly high level of content knowledge,…

  • Politics - Technology

    Littler Brother

    I wrote a while ago about the perils of Little Brother going through Big Brother’s stuff while he’s asleep. This story from the LA Times is about Littler Brother going through Little Brother’s stuff…

  • Science Stuff - Teaching

    Authentic Assessment

    So I’m marking assignments today – beginning teachers’ unit plans (i.e. plans for teaching a 20 lesson sequence of science classes). They’ve worked really hard, and the products are great and well thought out, but sometimes there’s just that spark of creativity that makes the job fun. One guy who…

  • General

    Blog reviewed

    ‘Bravus’ was reviewed today by a couple of reviewers at The Weblog Review. They weren’t all that complimentary, but I feel as though they kind of missed what I’m trying to do here. I guess they have to call it as they see it, in a brief review. There were…

  • Musings

    Pantera, Dubya and Redemption (RIP Dimebag)

    So the 90s kings of thrash and hardcore dysfunction, Pantera, started life as a glam band. Sadly for them, glam tended to work better for the pretty (think Poison), and talented as the Abbott Brothers were, they’re not exactly pretty… You notice Darrell started out as ‘Diamond’ Darrell – kinda…

  • Personal - Teaching

    Vicious and Virtuous Circles

    I’ve almost finished teaching this course: class tomorrow morning from 9 until noon, a day off for the students on Tuesday and the final exam (which I’m writing right now) on Wednesday. I’ll receive a massive pile of assignments to mark tomorrow morning, and plan to be able to give…

  • General

    So how’d you get here?

    As this blog gets indexed more and more by the search engines, people end up arriving here based on all sorts of searches. (The stats package I use, Stat Traq, shows me what sites referred visitors to here, and when it’s a search engine the URL includes the search string.)…

  • Personal

    Buffy?

    So, I did the ‘Which Buffy character are you?’ quiz, and apparently I’m… Buffy: You scored as Buffy Summers. You are a very strong individual. You do, however, have some trouble admitting how you truly feel. You’ve experienced a lot during your life, but you more than manage. Always willing…

  • Technology

    The future of news?

    http://www.broom.org/epic/ It’s a longish movie, but well worth a watch. Even if their actual predictions are miles off (and if anything I suspect their timeline is too long: we’re only that far away from the very beginning of the WWW…), there are two interesting things there for me: The fact…

  • Personal

    Loading Up

    Lots of marking to do tonight, so I’m cranking up Alex’s MP3 player with a wildly eclectic mix: Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood Rollins Band – Weight J S Bach – Two-part and Three-part Inventions (Martin Galling, Harpsichord) Jethro Tull – The Broadsword and the Beast Iron Maiden –…