It’s a hard rain

Your Father which is in heaven … maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:45 Atlanta had about 1/5 of an inch of rain yesterday, which brings the city’s total to about 1/2 an inch since Gov. Sonny [Read More...]

Triple Lindy

Here’s something I genuinely don’t understand about the right wing noise machine. Right wing bloggers, talk radio hosts and Fox News readers spent the first few weeks of spring lambasting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her trip to Damascus because, they said, talking to the Syrians is Bad, it Legitimizes the Enemy, etc. [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

‘Why have we feasted,’ they say,   ‘and you have not seen it? ?  Why have we humbled ourselves, ?  and you have not noticed?’?  Yet on the day of your feasting, you do as you please   and exploit all your workers. Your feasting ends in quarreling and strife,?  and in striking each other with wicked fists. ?  You cannot feast [Read More...]

Brave New Media 2

I should say, first off, that I like paying my rent and, you know, eating. These are Good Things in my book. And since my paycheck comes from Big Corporate Media — and specifically from online Big Corporate Media, and therefore from the ad revenue for online BCM — I don’t want to saw off [Read More...]

Brave New Media

The building I work in also provides office space to creatures from another universe. We work upstairs; they work downstairs. We smile and nod as we pass in the lobby or on the way to the vending machines, but we have only the vaguest sense of who they are and what they do and that’s [Read More...]

Turkey Day movies

The Onion’s AV Club offers up a list of “17 Memorable Thanksgiving Television Moments.” It hits the highlights for me, including the Buffy episode with syphilitic Xander and pincushion Spike (“You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story”), and the funny and poignant “Shibboleth” episode of The West Wing (“Morton, I can’t [Read More...]

Procedure 289712B

If you haven’t already done so, please make your way to Right Behind and bow before the glory of the Legendary Write-Off. The instructions: Write a manual or guide of no more than 500 and no less than 300 words describing the procedures involved in preparing a sandwich of your choice. This is a competition [Read More...]

Who do you trust? (pt. 1)

Tristero had a thoughtful post last week on “Intelligent Design Creationism and the Erosion of Trust.” Reading this post on the evolution of HIV, tristero realized that, despite being a fairly clever layperson, the science of this particular debate was beyond him. The matter being discussed was so particular to the discipline of the experts [Read More...]