Category Archives: Pop Culture

The Strong Female Character, con’t

Writing in The New Statesman, author Sophia McDougall makes some interesting observations about “The Strong Female Character:” that what passes for strength, on the movie screen at least, is often an act of unjustified (or barely justified) physical violence: [T]here … Continue reading

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You never know what you’ll find in the attic

For example, you might stumble across an October 1978 issue of Seventeen magazine with a 13-year old Brooke Shields on the cover . . . I was thinking about selling it on ebay (along with the other issues in the … Continue reading

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Ninja Prez

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Gas price primer

From Rich Hailey, someone who actually took the time to understand why gas prices rise and fall. Via Instapundit. Profit margins on the gasoline business are very slim. The profit margin on gasoline sales was only about 6 percent in … Continue reading

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Suppose anyone would notice?

Via Instapundit, Wired has a piece about a programmer who supposedly outsourced his own job to India: Did you hear the one about the programmer who outsourced his own job? I read about it on Slashdot.org, the “news for nerds” … Continue reading

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Why does this man’s inability to do simple arithmetic not suprise me?

“I ate three lumps of it. But I spat two of them out, so I really ate one and a half of them.” Ooookay. Welcome to the mind of a man who, to protest an act of animal cruelty that … Continue reading

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No Face on Mars?????

First, it turns out all those fine photos of Nessie were a bunch of hoaxes. Now it emerges that the Face on Mars is really . . . a MESA? Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us all that … Continue reading

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And don’t forget the doggy bag

Via one of Michael Blowhard’s always-worthwhile round-up posts, here’s a Christian Science Monitor piece that makes a point I’ve noticed myself: the cost of eating out is on par with, if not lower than, the cost of buying and preparing … Continue reading

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Dueling faiths

That would be science v. religion >:-) Courtesy of Curtis Brainard and CJR Daily, we have this nice round-up of the media coverage of Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion: [U]nfavorable reviews of The God Delusion have branded Dawkins’ promotion … Continue reading

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It’s the end of the world as we know it*

Here’s a worthwhile read by Kurt Anderson on the New York magazine website on the “frisson of smug or hysterical pleasure” that characterizes contemporary “apocalypse preoccupations” — including those that have leached into “less-fantastical” — i.e. secular/Western/post-Enlightenment — “thought and … Continue reading

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