Martin Luther King and the Quest for a Just Society

This semester, my freshman seminar course “Faith, Doubt and Reason” focuses on utopias, dystopias, and the quest for community and a just society. Since we start tomorrow, the day after Martin Luther King Day, I moved the readings – in fact, viewings – up to the very first day of class. Most people are familiar [Read More...]

Capt. Picard Wishes You a White Christmas

And if that doesn’t take care of it, then Google “let it snow”! [Read more...]

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it! [Read more...]

Sci-Fi Holiday Cards

I previously mentioned the Doctor Who Christmas cards available on the BBC Doctor Who web page. Now IO9 has a gallery of geeky sci-fi cards, including the gems below: I am grateful to Jeff Carter for pointing out the existence of Star Wars snowflake patterns. And the official Star Wars blog has things like a [Read More...]

Chiron Beta Prime (A Sci-Fi Christmas Song)

HT Old Testament Space Opera   [Read more...]

The Sith Who Stole Christmas

HT Marc Cortez [Read more...]

The First Black Friday

I made this cartoon myself (as if it didn’t show). I had the idea for it and thought I’d try my hand at making the cartoon if I could. If the realization is a bit rough (I used the cutting edge in artistic software: Microsoft Paint), hopefully you’ll still get a chuckle from the concept! [Read more...]

JesusWeen

Have you heard about the conservative Christians who are encouraging Christians to celebrate “JesusWeen” instead of Halloween? It may sound like it is a parody, but it isn’t. What one has to understand in order to begin to make sense of this is that there are Christians who view negatively any event or holiday that [Read More...]

Zombies: Educational Resources

Thanks for my friend and colleague Brad Matthies for drawing attention to some online sources that address zombies, but which I think could be used to good humorous effect in a class explaining research skills and the need to find reliable sources of information. First, there’s an online comic which uses the scenario of a [Read More...]

Happy Geek Pride Day!

In addition to it being Towel Day, it is also Geek Pride Day. I’m not sure why we cannot simply combine the two, considering the substantial overlap. A year ago┬áThe Geek Muse drew my attention to the fact that May 25th is Geek Pride Day – according toWikipedia. At that time, I disputed that the [Read More...]


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