7 Quick Takes (1/14/11)

School has begun so, for this week's Quick Takes, I'm listing the classes I'll be taking this semester.  I'm also in the Yale Daily News with a column on the value of shop classes (woodworking, glassblowing, etc). --1--The first class (and the only normal undergraduate class I'm taking) is Oratory in Statecraft.  The class is a mix of the history of oratory (starting with the Illiad) and a practical workshop in writing and delivering speeches.  I'm so excited; I've wanted to take the class s … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (1/7/11)

School starts on Monday!  So that's when I'll be posting my responses to the New Year's Challenge and listing the challenges I'll take on.  This weekend, I'll have a book post up, but for right now, I'm exhausted from the terrible task of cleaning my room (especially since I was in the middle of a paper when I left, and I just tossed things on the floor and the bed, locked up and ran).  So today's Quick Takes are just some photos of posters, etc in my room. --1--This poster on my dorm room d … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (12/31/10)

Happy New Year's Eve!  I'll still have a couple of posts going up this weekend, and, on Monday, I'll be debuting the guest bloggers who will be fleshing out their disagreement on the prospect of discerning purpose in nature.I started this blog over the summer as a way to try to clarify my thoughts on religion and morality, especially after I started reading Christian apologetics and attending Mass with my Catholic boyfriend.  One hundred and fifty posts later, we're still surprised by the amo … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (12/17/10)

I have exams/papers and have been trying (and failing) to ignore the internet.  While I'm blocking it, you can check out some of my favorite webcomics below. --1-- Unsurprisingly, one of my absolute favorite webcomics is xkcd, which bills itself as "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language."  I'm a proud owner of the "Stand Back, I'm Going to Try Science" t-shirt, but my proudest xkcd link is the one that got me and three friends into the xkcd in Real Life heading on the wikipedia pa … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (12/10/10) Special Marriage Edition

--1-- It's exam period for me, so posting will slow up a bit (the only other option is alternating posts on Sweeney Todd and diptheria: the topics of my two big research papers.  Still, I have a new post on abusive relationships as part of my covenant marriage series, and another post on why I think covenant marriage is bad for Christians will go up this afternoon/evening.In the meantime, here's a roundup of some interesting articles on marriage I've been looking at la … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (12/3/10)

--1-- I don't always do themed 7 Takes, but, as every newspaper insert has insistently told me, Christmas shopping season is coming up, so I'd like to use this blog carnival to highlight excellent books that I have loved, in case anyone is looking for inspiration.  In normal blogging news, I'll be posting the first part of my defense of covenant marriage this afternoon (sparked by this discussion), and I'd love feedback on yesterday's post about the problem of evil. --2-- This week was a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (11/19/10)

--1-- I may have a five hour problem set due at nine am, but that will have to wait, because tonight is......the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I'm off to the midnight showing.  With bells on. --2-- With the books done, and only one movie left, if you're looking for more Potter stories, you can't do better than Eliezer Yudowsky's ongoing story Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.  Yudowsky's story focuses on a version of Harry that was raised in a loving, s … [Read more...]