Archives January 2011

A fun fact that I learned today from my podiatrist

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Fingernails and toenails are vestigial organs, like the appendix. You can live perfectly well without them.

(You probably don’t want to know how the rest of our conversation went.)

The emo threesome

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

After watching Buffy on DVD, years after all of my friends had seen it on the network, and watching Babylon 5 on tape, and watching Big Love on DVD, and watching Firefly on DVD, and… well, every once in a while I hear that some new show is going to be premiered, and I think ...

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Why American newspapers are inferior

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Amy Chua’s paean to academic stage-motherhood, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”, has been making the rounds on teh intarwebs. I can’t add much to the commentary surrounding the op-ed itself (there’s a lot of interesting discussion on MetaFilter), but I do want to follow up on a follow-up, as it were.

On Quora, a Chinese-American ...

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World without suits

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When I finally got around to reading Anathem, my wife told me she was uninterested in reading it after me, because she thought Neil Stephenson did a mediocre job at character development.

“But that doesn’t matter,” I told her. “He’s a geek. His characters are all geeks. His readers are all geeks. He doesn’t ...

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Timeless wankery

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Sometimes, when technology marches on, it tramples popular culture under its jackboots. For example, I often wonder what people who grew up with e-mail and cellular phones make of Diva, a film in which half the cast chases the other half around looking for surreptitious tape recordings.

But sometimes, an artist recognizes a fundamental truth ...

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