Monthly Archives: October 2010

We Can Haz Cheezburgerz?

I’ve alluded to this before, but I’m overweight. I mean, I’m really big — although I’m also 6′ 4″, which makes it marginally less obvious that smaller medievalists fall into orbit when they get too close. (Because they’re medievalists, by … Continue reading

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Gee, There’s a Shock…

You are a Social Liberal (71% permissive) and an… Economic Conservative (80% permissive) You are best described as a: Libertarian Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid  

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Professional Courtesy

Doctor Zero looks at the resources of the State, and finds they essentially amount to compulsion via force or the threat of same. I disagree with one portion of his argument: The State is the only source of compulsion in … Continue reading

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P.J. Strikes Again

A colleague of mine has observed that if the GOP is the party of the rich, they should presumably be interested in making more people rich, so as to increase their power base. And what would the corollary be for … Continue reading

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Reasons to Win the Lottery, Part MCMLXVI

My next car. And yes, it has the flamethrower exhaust. H/T: Ace.

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Scholarships to Real Life

Oddly enough for someone in my line of work, I try not to overestimate the value of higher education. Don’t get me wrong — I think higher ed is a wonderful thing, and I’d like to think that what I … Continue reading

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Quirky CanCon Videos

Hawksley Workman — Jealous of Your Cigarette. Although not nearly as high-concept as OK Go, I find this video to have the same sort of offbeat charm as their stuff. Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks — Wanderin’. This was … Continue reading

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A Public Service Announcement

Dear Lady who was in front of me at the supermarket, trying to use frequent shopper points to get a discount on a six-pack of beer at 7:30 a.m.: It may be time to look for a meeting. Thank you.

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I’ve taught the story referenced in this post. Suddenly, I feel much more satisfied with mere befuddlement.

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The Joystick of Perseverance?

Prof. Nokes at Unlocked Wordhoard links to an interesting article by Jeremiah Leif Johnson that argues, as its title indicates, that (Video) Games are Modern Morality Plays. Johnson has done his research, citing Robert Potter’s seminal work on the moralities, … Continue reading

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