Regarding Newman, there is certainly nothing wrong with the pick, and in terms of longevity, he was a damn good looking man all the way through his life, but if we're talking hotness for one particular moment in time (since it's Super Bowl week, think about the competition between one team that wins the championship… » 1/30/15 2:16pm Yesterday 2:16pm

I'm not a big fan, possibly because I always think of him in comparison to Adrian Chen, who I always really liked. My biggest objection is that some his stuff (this is confirmation bias, but I want to say a lot of his stuff) falls into the kind of pre-processed model of "[Negative adjective] [Tech company] employee… » 1/30/15 10:46am Yesterday 10:46am

Elevated Discourse: Political Edition

So America's favorite war criminal appeared before John McCain's Senate subcommittee today. When protesters shouted that Henry Kissinger is, in point of fact, a war criminal, the man who was seen during the 2000 Republican primary as the mature, reasonable one (which, sure, but a) consider the alternative; and b) a… » 1/29/15 7:06pm Thursday 7:06pm

When I was a very young kid (like, 3-4), apparently I believed that before people were born, they were "flea sized." Not as in developing fetuses, but rather as in fully-formed, normal people who were just, well, the size of fleas, but who otherwise led normal lives, just hanging around the house. How and why they… » 1/26/15 5:56pm Monday 5:56pm

You'll Have to Pry My Textbook From My Cold Dead Hand

To borrow a very useful construction from Bill Maher, here's a new rule: if your job title includes (or can be reasonably interpreted as including) the phrase "self-appointed," your job is bullshit. Like, to pull an example completely out of thin air for no particular reason, "self-appointed textbook review committee." » 1/26/15 3:41pm Monday 3:41pm

Okay, a stupid question, but...even though a lot of games are released on multiple consoles, the online components are console-specific, right? In other words, if I have a game on my XBox 360 that allows for online multiplayer, can I only play with other 360 owners? » 1/25/15 1:57pm 1/25/15 1:57pm

I always knew that I walked around a lot when I teach, but when I started wearing my tracker all day (just to see/get credit for my non-exercise walking), I found that I'll go for a mile or more just in classes (which makes a certain amount of sense, as I walk the front of the room ((at a reasonable pace—I'm not… » 1/24/15 3:21pm 1/24/15 3:21pm