“My Guilty Pleasure: 1980s Men’s Figure Skating”

A thing I wrote for a series at Acculturated. As you know, I'm not actually that guilty about this. Anyway, if you would like to see glorious skating, tacky skating, or gloriously tacky skating, check it out! … [Read more...]

It’s Ada Lovelace Day and believe it or not, I have a post about women in the sciences.

The applied sciences, anyway. Here are some of my favorite performances by Debi Thomas, who skated at the Olympics while also pre-med at Stanford. She went on to become Dr. Debi Thomas, a surgeon.First her 1986 Nationals free skate, which she choreographed herself. Her arms are a little stiff in the front half and she can't hold her final jump, but once she loosens up she's very elegant and playful. She won here.Here's the same program at 1986 Worlds, when she became world champion. … [Read more...]

Gene Wolfe, from SF writers’ 1987 time-capsule predictions for 2012

The Thumb—Power: America and the U.S.S.R. preserve an uneasy accord, each testing the other's will within well-defined limits. No major nuclear war has taken place. Soviets are more like Americans (and Americans more like Soviets) than anyone else. --read the rest here; Tim Powers's answer sounds eerily like the kind of thing my grandfather would have written! Link is probably via Jesse Walker. And I made the case in that final sentence here! … [Read more...]

Bikini Kill lives again!

sort of. … [Read more...]

AN INSTITUTION IS A LENGTHENED SHADOW OF ONE PERSON

--Crass, apparently. And they seem to think this is a bad thing but I'm not so sure it is. ...Link via Jesse Walker, probably. … [Read more...]


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