The Deep Web and the Dark Web

NPR has a great feature on the so-called “hidden internet” where everyone from drug dealers, arms dealers, human rights activists, domestic violence victims, law enforcement, the US Navy, and many others operate anonymously. You can listen to it here and/or read the transcript. Being completely clueless about this stuff aside from some vague ideas and a [Read More...]

Honest Trailers: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Even though I loved the Star Wars prequels, I have also grown to love the attacks on them too (at least those that are funny and insightful, rather than tedious and unimaginative). The latest entry in the anti-prequel canon is part of the great “Honest Trailers” series: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Elton John + System of a Down = “Crocodile Chop”

This mash up of some of System of a Down’s vocals for “Chop Suey” with the instrumentals and wordless vocals of Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” is a pretty unnerving and intriguing work of serendipitous art in its own right: Bonus, starting at 1:48 you can watch Elton John play Crocodile Rock on The Muppet Show: [Read More...]

A One Woman Band, Kawehi Covers “The Way You Make Me Feel”

In response to the cool video I posted earlier today in which Anthony Vincent sang Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse in twenty different band styles, one of my former online students has directed me to this phenomenal performance of a Michael Jackson classic by a young woman named Kawehi: See and hear more of her [Read More...]

1 Katy Perry Song In 20 Styles (From Nirvana to Sinatra to Michael Jackson and more)

Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs has struck on a novel formula. He has taken Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse and made a version that extremely impressively translates it into the musical and vocal styles of twenty major recording artists one at a time. In order of style they are: Katy Perry, Nirvana, Queen, Michael [Read More...]

An Amazing Tribute To Breaking Bad

This tribute by Alexandre Gasulla stands as a kind of interpretation of Breaking Bad, not just a celebration of it. It is probably watchable even by people who haven’t ever seen the show because they wouldn’t understand the meaning of the scenes they’re looking at even when some of them are technically spoilers. It’s like [Read More...]

Ingrid Michaelson’s New Gender Bending Video Homage To Robert Palmer

Last week Ingrid Michaelson, whose music I’ve loved for a long time, came out with a new album Lights Out. The highly polished pop single “Girls Chase Boys” is a sleek and sexy gender-bending homage to Robert Palmer’s iconic “Simply Irresistable” video from the ’80s. The chorus goes: “All the broken hearts in the world still beat, [Read More...]

A Philosophy Professor Analyzes God’s Not Dead’s Case For God

This post turned out to be not just a movie review but a nearly comprehensive counter-apologetics case that I intend to refer Christians to in the future. For both those future and current readers, here is a Table of Contents, with links, so you can jump to the section that interests you most if you do not have time to read all ~12,000 words.

1. Introduction
2. The Hypocrisy of Christian Statements of Faith
3. Why Leaving Theology Out of Philosophy Isn’t Persecuting Students
4. Philosophy Is Not Authority Based The Way Theology Is
5. The Students in the Movie Already Believed in God 
6. How I Graded Religious Students Who Disagreed With Me
7. Demanding Philosophical Reasons For Religious Beliefs Is Not Religious Persecution 
8. Arguments Over Cosmology (God vs. Naturalistic Eternalism)
9. Creating A Strawman of Philosophers is a Lazy Copout 
10. Why Do Christians Say Atheists Disbelieve for Emotional Reasons?
11. Who Really Are the Humble Ones More Likely to Say “I Don’t Know”? The Christians or the atheists?
12. Why Do Some Atheists Say They Do Know There’s No God? Are Atheists Hypocritically People of Faith Too? 
13. If Antitheists Are Bad People, Evangelicals Are Downright Awful 
14. If Professor Radisson’s A Bad Guy, The Christian God is the Worst Possible Bad Guy
15. God of the Gaps and the Origin of Life
16. How Science and Philosophy Vindicate Metaphysical Naturalism and the Existence of Religious Scientists Doesn’t Vindicate Theism
17. Why Explaining Evolution with God is Anti-Science
18. Is Philosophy Dead?
19. Why The Film Didn’t Actually Care About Proving God’s Existence
20. The Problem of Evil
21. The Appeal to Need for Absolute Morality [Read more...]

Green Day’s Dookie Turns 20, I Turn Nostalgic

February 1, 1994 Green Day released their classic album Dookie. Before going any further, ’70s punk fans are among the most sanctimonious purists and moralists in all of music, rivaling even the worst religious people in their self-righteousness, so if they show up in the comments section decrying the abomination of Green Day’s mainstream power [Read More...]


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