The God Particle Found!

Today’s Dilbert is subtle. It serves as a nice illustration of the confusion created when physicists talk about the “God particle” – they are not using God in the sense of a personal deity liable to add hassles to one’s life by issuing awkward commandments… [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Two Doctors

Having had “The Three Doctors” and “The Five Doctors,” the next offering of a story in which the Doctor meets himself in a previous regeneration is “The Two Doctors.” Patrick Troughton is the only Doctor who appeared in all of them, and to good effect, since he is certainly one of the most entertaining of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos

We all have some parts of our mind that we consider unworthy, some memory that makes us shudder and squirm. The above quote from the character Quillam in the Doctor Who episode “Vengeance on Varos” captures one aspect of the Sixth Doctor admirably – some of the harshest characteristics of the Doctor, from his arrogance [Read More...]

Academic Librarians: What They Really Do

Created by my good friend Bob Patterson [Read more...]

Memorizing and Forgetting Facts

This cartoon illustrates well one of the reasons why I’ve moved away from exams that focus on the recall of facts of the sort that can be memorized for a test and then forgotten. HT A Feather Adrift [Read more...]

Religion Professors: What We Really Do Meme

  I had not yet seen a contribution to the “What I Really Do” meme depicting religion professors, so I thought I’d try my hand at one. What do you think? Any suggestions for improvements? EDIT: Here’s another one, on the same theme, lest it seem that I either think that all religion professors are [Read More...]

Is Praying for Academic Success Cheating?

Jen McCreight posted on her blog about someone who gave thanks for having passed an exam, and expressed gratitude for prayers offered on their behalf. Jen made several comments, among which this seemed to me the most interesting: Seriously, if God really is the reason that some students were doing well, they should be expelled. [Read More...]

Fringe Valentine

While there are an abundance of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other sci-fi Valentines around online, some shows might seem a less obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day card or greeting. But even Fringe has some. Here’s a couple: [Read more...]

More LOST Valentines

Via Nikki Stafford on Facebook [Read more...]

LOST Valentine? The J. J. Abrams Approach to Romance

At IO9, I found this Bad Robot Valentine, a funny parody of the shows by J. J. Abrams that we know and love: [Read more...]

Biblical Valentines?

I’ve shared a few sci-fi Valentines (with a couple more to follow later today). But what about Biblical or Christian Valentines? There are some obvious routes, such as using verses from the Song of Songs. And the flip side, condemning the whole thing as sheer paganism. There are also some parodies that still seem to [Read More...]


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