November 30, -0001

I will not be getting an iPhone 5S, and unlike the time I thought there was no way I was going to upgrade from the 4S to the 5, I mean it this time. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with the 5S, but as I expected might be the case, the technology behind mobile computing has begun to mature to the point that an upgrade to next year’s device is not life-changing or really necessary to stay relevant. Remember… Read more

November 30, -0001

As I’ve noted several times before, one of my favorite promotions of Shakespeare, and indeed of all rich and substantive art, comes from the panhandling man interviewed in Al Pacino’s documentary Looking for Richard, who says: Intelligence is hooked with language. And when we speak with no feeling we get nothing out of our society. We should speak like Shakespeare. We should introduce Shakespeare into the academics. Know why? Because then the kids would have feelings. We have no feelings…. Read more

November 30, -0001

I love stuff like this, when a stuffy-seeming artistic institution embraces a piece of pop culture with genuine enthusiasm.  However, I feel like I do have to note that there is something a tad menacing about a wall of Russian law enforcement officers boasting how they will be up all night in order to “get lucky.” Yes, boys, I’m sure you will be. See also: Superheroes staying up all night to get Loki.Hat tip to Cherry Teresa.  Read more

November 30, -0001

As a nerd, it really does seem that I ought to be into comic books, but it just never happened. As a pre-teen, eventually I became devoted to The Transformers comics, but that had more to do with my love of the bots than any inclination toward comic books. I also dabbled around that age with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (pre-Archie) and Usagi Yojimbo, because they seemed safe, graspable, and I think also not overtly hyper-masculine. I briefly had a subscription to Web of Spider-Man, but… Read more


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