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Dept. of poorly named consumer goods

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

This country needs more children’s toys that help our young ones respect and empathize with people who have severe mobility impairments. I am disappointed to report that the Dora the Explorer Lil’ Quad is not such a toy.

Another way the Internet brings people together

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

There’s a song by the Bobs called Naming the Band, in which the narrator, an aspiring heavy-metal musician, laments that “names with meaning and attitude aren’t easy to find”. Well, now they are.

via Hacker News

Paranoia in full flour

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Boston Police Department, which took such heroic efforts to save our city from illuminated cartoon characters, has some competition:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

The sprinkled ...

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Gender and shopping

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The second part of the Boston Globe’s series on a Somerville doctor who got a male-to-female sex change begins thusly:

At age 52, Deborah Bershel made her first trip to the mall. It lasted nine hours. It was July 2006, and there was barely a rack of clothes in the Burlington Mall that she ...

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Bar sinister

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Ha`aretz, covering the eviction of some Jewish families from an illegal settlement in Hebron, quoted Gershon Bar-Kochba, one of the residents who tried to resist eviction. The name also appeared in this New York Times article from 1989: “Gershon Bar Kochba, a seminary student from Hebron, was suspected of leading a group who opened ...

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Denial is not just where Moses got the frogs

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Several folks on my LJ friends list have mentioned this charming piece, in which Noah Feldman, a Maimonides School alumnus, reflects on his school experience and the “Modern Orthodox” community surrounding it. I put scare quotes around “Modern Orthodox” because while he attributes certain attitudes to people he calls “Modern Orthodox”, and perhaps those people ...

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0.2 score years ago...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Hey, look, it’s my fourth blogiversary!

According to my clever parsing of my HTTP logs, roughly 200 people (well, roughly 200 distinct IP addresses that are unlikely to belong to bots) read this blog directly over the Web; LiveJournal reports that 40 users are subscribed to its syndication feed over there; a smattering of other ...

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Who is this God person anyway?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Thanks to Michael and Nomi, Jen and I got to see the PBS four-hour special on the Mormons. It was a fascinating documentary, but I found one omission curious: there was almost nothing about the church’s theology.

Compared with most other sects that call themselves Christian, the Mormons have (at least) two striking differences in ...

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Converting the unfaithful: a primer

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Once upon a time when I was an undergraduate, I wrote a series of articles for the school paper (I, II, III, IV) about the Boston Church of Christ (BCC), a religious cult that had spread like dandelions across local campuses. Two key points of their doctrine were that the only real Christians were the ...

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Selling little plastic shovels to the Gold Rush prospectors

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I have to admire the chutzpah of whoever conceived of this publication.

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