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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Best practices

Can’t shake the devil’s hand and say you’re only kidding Prompted by Dog the Bounty Hunter’s racist tirade, Dave Niewert of Orcinus comments: Here’s one thing about being a white guy: You hear a lot of "private" talk from other white guys who assume you’re on the same side of the fence as they are [Read More…]

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Back from voting

Favorite local candidate name: Judge Proud was up for re-election. Voted against him — not because he sounds like a character from John Bunyan, but because I don’t support judges from the Waterboarding Party. Today was also my first opportunity to vote to remove the Delaware County judge who last summer, in Sea Isle, N.J., [Read More…]

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The Stupid Brigade

Max Blumenthal’s visit to the Value Voters Summit has to be seen to be believed: Just when you think that the Rev. Lou Sheldon — “Remember, homosexuality could strike you” — is as whacky as it could get, Max introduces us to Star Parker. After stating that “abortion is the No. 1 killer of black [Read More…]

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Some housekeeping

I thought I was done with the “Gay-Hatin’ Gospel” series, but it seems not quite. First there are some questions and criticisms I’ll need to address, and then there are a host of other factors and considerations that I hadn’t thought of which arose in the comment threads. In particular, Brel raised an excellent point [Read More…]

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