Talk politics

Are the Republicans doomed?  Are the Democrats cracking up?  Are any potential presidential candidates from either party emerging who are in any way attractive?  Are libertarians the up-and-coming political consensus, finally bringing our polarized country together around issues such as civil liberties, free markets,  and peace?  Or is there some other way out of our current political malaise?  Or is our current political malaise a good thing?  You tell me.

Culture & pop culture

“Culture” is one of those lofty words with lots of meanings.  It can refer to a “society” with all of its institutions, values, and customs.  Or it can refer to “the arts,” as in going to the opera to soak up some culture.   Ken Meyers usefully distinguishes between folk culture (the ways and artifcats of a community with a common history), high culture (the contributions of talented individuals that go on to benefit a whole society), and pop culture (the commercialized artifacts designed to be bought and sold).

In this space, take it whichever way you want to.  Raise questions of vast social import (for instance, gay marriage), talk about music (bluegrass groups in the folk culture, or jazz artists in the high culture, or whatever) or books you are enjoying, or talk about issues of summer entertainment (was the Lone Ranger really as bad as the critics are saying?).

New technology for Patheos

Going to Patheos has worked well for this blog.  Our readership is up half again what it was before we made the move.  And I’ve gotten used to the form (short posts on the homepage with a jump to the rest of it) and like it.  Yes, we’ve complained about the new Disqus comment system, but hopefully you’ll like some new technology that has been implemented. Details after the jump. [Read more...]

This new commenting system

As you have seen, the new “Disqus” commenting system being implemented on all Patheos blogs that I said was coming has gone into effect.  I’m still figuring it out myself.  One thing I learned:  “Disqus” is pronounced “discuss.”  (Get it? I know, I know. . . )  Here are a few features that might have benefits for our discussions on this particular blog: [Read more...]

New system for our “comments”

Patheos, which hosts this blog, is going to be making some major upgrades, including moving to a higher-end server, that should decrease load times, eliminate spam, prevent a host of problems, and make possible new features.  One new feature that will be added before moving to the new server is the Disqus system for comments.

Comments will stream as they are made.  You can go back and forth to and from different discussions.  You can follow different commenters whose thoughts especially interest you.  If I’m understanding it aright, you can follow and take part in related discussions that bridge different blogs.  Here is a description of the few features, some of which I don’t fully understand:  For Websites – DISQUS. [Read more...]

Louisville wins, as do some Cranachers (sort of)

Louisville beat Michigan to win the NCAA basketball championship.

In our Cranach contest, no one picked the winner, but quite a  few picked Louisville to be in the final two: Dr. Fundystan, Aletheist, A. MacPhee, and EGK.  Dennis gets another imaginary prize for coming the closest to predicting the little school that comes out of nowhere to get into the Final Four as happens nearly every year:  namely, Wichita State.

That’s pretty good prognosticating, another tribute to the quality of my readers on this blog.

For details of the game:  News from The Associated Press.


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