How Come They Never Got Promoted? Col. Gaddafi, Cap’n Crunch, and Col. Sanders

A Facebook thread asked why Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, having been the dictator of Libya for so long, never arranged for his promotion above the rank of colonel. It’s a good and amusing question, and I was surprised that no one to my knowledge had asked it before. Seriously, why not promote himself to general? The [Read More...]

Noah’s Memoir

Non Sequitur in yesterday’s papers. [Read more...]

Virginia Earthquake Aftermath

HT Jim West [Read more...]

Syllabus Disclaimer

Here’s the disclaimer that appears at the end of the syllabus for my course on the Bible (something similar appears on my other syllabi): DISCLAIMER: The surgeon general has determined that smoking this syllabus can be hazardous to your health. Side effects associated with use of this syllabus for prolonged periods include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, [Read More...]

Jesus: The Latest Incarnation

Everyone knows that images of Jesus have changed over the years, centuries and millennia. Much like Doctor Who has featured different regenerations of its main character, and the show itself has been many different things over the years, one could perhaps usefully ask whether the “character” of Jesus in Christianity does not seem like it [Read More...]

Funny Video Overload

On blogs I read, the past few days have seen the sharing of the following videos. You are bound to really love at least one, and will most likely enjoy all of them. First, via IO9 here’s Brent Spiner (aka Cmd. Data) doing his impressive Patrick Steward (aka Jean-Luc Picard) impression: Via Marc Cortez, the [Read More...]

Commas Save Lives

Although I’ve had this for a while, it seemed worth sharing again for the start of a new academic year… [Read more...]