Pardon My Dust

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Today, stumbling about in a Christmas-induced haze, I have come to the shocking realization that I’ve been blogging for a little more than two years here at Summa This, Summa That. Yep, that’s right. Two+ at The Ol’ ST,ST —  aka, pretty much longer than I’ve focused on any one thing in my entire life. Wow. Time really [Read More...]

Quote of the Day, Courtesy of the Legendary Isaac Asimov (or Is It Actually “The Legendary Alan Alda?”)

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In honor of the recent publication of a 55-year-old lost-then-found essay on creativity from the legendary Isaac Asimov, here’s a thought that’s been floating around in my head for a few months now — a thought that I find particularly relevant in this increasingly siloized InterWeb World in which we live. Your assumptions are your windows [Read More...]

Boss-Level Christmas Card-ing

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Oh, good. Thanks to the almost-impossibly inventive folks at Birdbox Studio, my yearly excuse for not making a cool Christmas card has finally arrived. And just in time. No way I can top this, so why even try, amiright? (Somehow, I suspect the grandparents will be unconvinced by that line of reasoning.) Attribution(s): “Random Christmas-y Imagery” [Read More...]

“Jumpin’ Jacks. Hit ‘em!!!”

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For the past few weeks, the boys – the ones that are awake, that is — and I have been doing The Grey Lady’s Scientific 7-Minute Workout when we get up in the morning. So far, the only ones who have made it to every session are Dominic (#1) and David (#4). This morning, Dominic barely made it out [Read More...]

This One’s For Educational Purposes ONLY…

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…and by “ONLY,” I mean “This video comes from a YouTube channel that describes itself as ‘music examples for teaching and study purposes, uploaded by members of the Music Department at English Martyrs’ Catholic School, Leicester, UK’ and this might not be exactly a teaching ‘purpose,’ strictly speaking, but I’ve been looking for it for [Read More...]

Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

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Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact. Yes, I realize I’m posting a short on back-to-back days, but I just can’t help myself. It’s not so much that it’s a really, really well-made sci-fi short (though that’s not an insignificant selling point). It’s that I can’t remember seeing anything like it before, [Read More...]

Remembering St. Crispin’s Day with Tom Hiddleston

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I like this. I really, really like this. This Hollow Crown setting is a great deal quieter (and feels more sorrowful) than Bombastic Branagh’s version, which I have long loved (and will continue to love) dearly. And it  lacks the spectacular musical spine Patrick Doyle provides for Branagh’s Harry. But the quietness is incredibly powerful — perhaps even more powerful [Read More...]

SVS: “I Know That Voice”

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A little (and, perhaps, terrifying) insight into Life at the Susanka House: Whenever I hear a bit of voice-over/voice-acting work, I can’t really think straight until I’ve figured out who it is. Which guarantees that nobody else will think straight while I’m figuring it out. Curious about the guy from Home Depot’s “Let’s Do This” commercials? [Read More...]

“Grim Grinning Ghosts” and the Magic of Thurl Ravenscroft

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For no particular reason other than because it’s a bit October-y and I like to post thematically/seasonally-appropriate music from time to time and because, unlike Tom McDonald, I don’t know country music much, dark or otherwise. Also, because I was recently listening to NPR’s “All Songs Considered” fascinating podcast with John Congleton and he brought [Read More...]

The Weird and Wonderful in the Midst of the Mundane

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I’ve been involved with institutions of higher education for most of my adult life. (Actually, higher education has been a near-constant presence in my life, adult and no. Which might explain a lot. Keep moving.) As someone who has been thus involved, my weeks/months/years are almost entirely governed by the peculiar rhythms of academia — [Read More...]


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