Friday, December 10, 2010

How to tell if you're a hypocrit

In any story relating to WikiLeaks, switch "U.S." and "Iran". Make the necessary substitutions for politicians, newspapers, pundits, etc.

Now if this switch makes a difference with how you see the situation you aren't necessarily a hypocrit. But if you want to argue with me about the applicability of the hypothetical then you are a hypocrit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Proper Treatment

I think it is time to discuss possible ways that particle physicists can and should sanction the media--just as one country might sanction a misbehaving adversary-- every time anyone refers to the Higgs boson as "The God Particle".

In the mean time perhaps it should be leaked that the elusive "Magically-Super-Awesome Particle of Hooking-Your-Readers-Now" has been predicted to occur somewhere in the mysterious Journalistic Integrity Reactor. What plucky journalist is up to the challenge of unraveling nature's mysteries?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Project Runway

As you know, in each episode here on Project Runway we bring a theme and ask our designers to come up with a look based on that theme. What you many not know is that each season also has a theme. Season 7's theme is "Michael Kors has IBS".

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Explanation needed

Yesterday the radio tried to tell me that there is a connection between Danny Boy, getting up again (after being knocked down), and people committed to drinking only specific types of alcohol. It has been many years since I last heard such an insinuation, and I am still at a loss to the underlying reasoning. Any help would be appreciated.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Why the humanities are important

Exhibit A: The internet.

I think that a good education on how to formulate an idea/construct an argument and some schooling on the history of ideas would lead to many improvements.

I also believe that of the grumpy people on the interwebs, the well-intentioned but woefully ignorant[1] outnumber the downright malignant.

I do recognize that this would lead to better armed flamers and trolls, but I think that the benefits outweigh the downsides significantly. I think that the well-phrased flamer himself is an improvement over the club-wielder. This is because you can actually understand why they are being an asshole, even if they're dead wrong.
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[1] - I want to reassure the reader that I include myself in the well-intentioned ignoramus category.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dictionary Submission

  • veri·si·milk·i·tude
  • Pronunciation: \-sə-ˈmil-kə-ˌtüd
  • Function: noun
1. Having the appearance or properties of milk
2. A quality that is milk-like, milky, or otherwise milkish.

See also:
soy milk

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Dictionary Entry

  • be·hoove
  • Pronunciation: \bi-ˈhüv, bē-\
  • Function: verb
  • Inflected Form(s): be·hooved; be·hoov·ing

transitive verb :

1. to turn someone into a hooved humanoid, esp. a centaur
2. arch. To give someone hooves.

sentence usage:

Zeus behooved me to satisfy his whim.