All Cycles Come to an End

It's been a smidge over five years since I first posted at Unreasonable Faith. It starked as a lark. I'm not sure how it stretched on for half a decade.In those five years I completed a masters degree and generally scrounged for work in the public history field. I've worked as a contractor for several museums now, and just recently I've found myself serving multiple institutions at once. I'm sure the drain on me has been observed in my writings.All that is starting to pay off for my … [Read more...]

Romance at Mars Hill

This looks to be the Ballard satellite branch of Marc Driscoll's Mars Hill. Someone doctored a billboard with Banksy's iconic "cops kissing" image:As good a use for graffiti as I've ever seen. … [Read more...]

Being Agent Scully

One of the "joys" of working in an archives is hearing about everybody's research. Sometimes it's interesting, sometimes it's dead boring (hello, genealogists, I don't care who your great-great-uncle was), and sometimes it makes me want to claw my eyes out. People come looking to us to validate their wonky theories about this or that historical person, and you have to be polite as they spin moonbeams.I'm under orders not to engage on a certain topic. I don't mind. I've already discovered … [Read more...]

Hallquist on Eich

I have to agree with Chris Hallquist's take on the Brian Eich mess particularly his closing:There’s a tradition of arguing that, as John Stuart Mill put it, society’s informal sanctions can “a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression.” It’s possible to imagine situations where that might really be true—if there were a Pope of Liberalism, who unlike the real Pope people actually listened to, who in spite of having no legal authority could in practice have anyone o … [Read more...]

Purity in Mississippi

From the LA Times:Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons.The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became."They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer … [Read more...]