7 Quick Takes (9/10/10)

  --1-- This week I announced my revamped posting schedule for the blog, and the new series on the only religion I ever wished I could convert to will start on Sunday.In the meantime, I thought I'd use the 7 Quick Takes this week to give a rundown of what I get up to at school, especially as a belated apology/explanation for the sparse posts as school was kicking off. --2-- First things first.  I'm a senior political science major, and I'm also in a 5-year Masters program in Public … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/27/10)

--1-- Posting here kind of fell off towards the end of the week, because I moved back into my dorm today, and I had to spend a lot of the week packing, unpacking, and finishing my secret sewing project (pillows for me and my two suitemates that were embroidered with our name and an iconic image from a favorite book series).  I'll post pics of the final results next week.  Needless to day, even with advance planning, I ended up closing up the last seams in the car. --2-- In the spirit of the r … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/20/10).

--1-- Sorry to go AWOL this past week.  I've been upstate at Lake Champlain with my family as part of my father's 75th birthday celebration, and my internet access was limited to a half hour a day.  So, of course, when I arrived home Thursday night, I found over 1000 items in my Google Reader feed.  I'm nearly done working my way through the list, so I'm letting you tag along on the whirlwind tour of Things that Leah Found Interesting Enough to Take Note of, in Contrast to the 1000 Items She On … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/13/10)

--1-- One slight redesign this week.  You'll notice at the top of the blog a new tab marked 'Featured Series.'  You can use this page to browse through special sequences of linked posts on this blog.  Check out my math and morality series or my sequence on gay marriage, the final post of which ("Do we care about marriage too much?" is now up). --2-- Over at the Huffington Post, I have a column up in response to the kerfuffle about Sarah Palin possibly rolling her eyes at a teacher.  Here's a q … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/5/10)

--1-- This week, I've been doing a special series of posts on math and morality.  A large number of my disagreements with my Catholic boyfriend can be boiled down to the fact that he thinks absolute morality is untenable without God.  I've been posting about my epistemology and experiential claims in an attempt to explain why he's wrong.  You can check out an index of the series here. --2-- I wish there'd been a little more attention to math at First Things this week.  Although I normally enjo … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/30/10)

--1-- Starting on Sunday, I'm going to be doing a series of six linked posts on how my exploration of mathematics gave me a framework for understanding and discussing absolute morality.  Posts topics will include how to be moral when you don't have perfect knowledge of morality and the ways God is like a cylinder, and why that's a problem.It all kicks off here on Sunday with a post on the superb Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.  --2-- Atul Gawande's piece in The New Yorker … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/23/10)

--1-- The universe has seen fit to give me an excellent birthday present this year.  On Wednesday, I discovered this video of my new favorite machine in the whole world: a train that lays its own tracks!  I am a total eight-year-old boy when it comes to big noisy machines.  Pity the person who got stuck behind me on a narrow escalator the other day.  The escalator next to ours was being repaired, so I stopped walking and hung halfway over the rail trying to get a good look at the guts of the esc … [Read more...]


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