Archives July 2009

Indicted

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Many bloggers whose hard drives I am not fit to defragment have commented on Prof. Gates’s arrest for the dastardly crime of Residing While Black. Others are no doubt compiling enough links to create a definitive record of commentary on this case. I humbly submit for the archives this analysis by Lowry Heussler which cross-examines ...

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We came in peace for all mankind

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Apollo 11 plaque

The incredible true story of the girl with two hearts

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Hannah Clark
diagram of two hearts grafted together

The Lancet, via the Guardian, the Boston Globe, and twelve thousand other media outlets, tells the story of Hannah Clark, a girl who used to live with two hearts.

Clark was diagnosed with heart failure as an infant, but because she had lung problems related to her heart disease, conventional treatment would have involved transplanting ...

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Pain considered harmful

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I would have thought that the pain of unmedicated childbirth has very little in common with the pain of getting woken every three hours by a crying infant, not to mention the pain of one’s plans interrupted by a pre-schooler’s fourteenth tantrum of the day, not to mention… you get the idea. And therefore, I ...

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A literary note

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I hear they’re coming out with a new series of children’s books about a Pope who solves mysteries in his spare time.

The main character’s nickname is “Encyclical Brown”.

Peace between Jews and Arabs is the easy part

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Many political figures itching for the elimination of the Jewish state are also fond of antisemitic pseudo-histories of the Jewish nation, e.g., Holocaust denial. If these leaders studied actual Jewish history, instead of tripe like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, they would be rushing to the negotiating table—not out of sympathy for ...

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Cryptorebel without a cause

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother came out last year, various geeky and liberal bloggers I respect lauded it as A Very Important Book That Today’s Young People Ought To Read. I finally read it and my general reaction was: this is A Very Important Book? WTF?

Obligatory non-spoilery plot summary: Marcus a.k.a. “w1n5t0n ...

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Short reviews of long books

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I read a couple of books recently that are so thick and comprehensive that a proper review of each would be, well, thick and comprehensive. In the interest of saying something about them before October, I will dare to review them improperly.

A Splendid Exchange: Watching my seven-year-old and four-year-old trade Pokémon cards, I remember ...

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U-S+Eh!

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers. (Do I have more than one?)

Please continue to set a good example for the rest of the continent.

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