Category Archives: Elsewhere

Elsewhere for January 8, 2016

You should read this for 1/08/2017:Acknowledging community history in Australia; poorly conceived test questions, Trump’s avalanche of cleansing, and Baked beans from Maine What Does It Mean to Acknowledge the Past? “Gathering together to listen to speeches and watch performances is one way civilizations share values. These events can foster…

Elsewhere for January 1, 2017

You should read this for 1/01/2017: Chrismakkah, practical rebellion against evil, food and politics, and it’s ok to omit records if you’re Jeff. Medievalist David M. Perry on The GOP Theocracy: Xmas vs Hanukkah Statements “The King isn’t Trump to my reading. It’s still a dangerous statement.” Via Matthew d’Ancona…

Elsewhere for December 25, 2016

You should read this for 12/25/2016: Encouraging kindness in social networks, a Trumpish short story, finding the lost kingdoms, and Spirograph is even better than you remembered. Kevin Barrett of Postlight on Building Kind Social Networks“In reality, addressing abuse is not a scale, but a switch.” A five year project…

Elsewhere for December 18, 2016

You should read this for 12/18/2016: Via The New York Post The chilling stories behind Japan’s ‘evaporating people’“Of the many oddities that are culturally specific to Japan — from cat cafés to graveyard eviction notices to the infamous Suicide Forest, where an estimated 100 people per year take their own…

Elsewhere for December 11, 2016

You should read this for 12/11/2016: The social functions of humor, why Donald Trump isn’t funny, maybe you were wrong about the MacBook Pro, we’re all Muslim here, now, how are you, dinosaur feathers and ginger cookies. Jason P. Sneed via Twitter 8/9/2026 on the social functions of humor, reposted here….

Jason P. Sneed on the Social Function of Humor

Jason P. Sneed on Twitter on 8/9/2016: 1. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the social function of humor (in literature & film) and here’s the thing about “just joking.” 2. You’re never “just joking.” Nobody is ever “just joking.” Humor is a social act that performs a social function…

Elsewhere for December 4, 2016

You should read this for 12/4/2016: Water not war, Pepper nuts, scraps of poetry and authenticity (or the lack thereof) online Secretary of State contender Petraeus knowingly leaked secrets to his biographer and lied to FBI “Retired Army general David Petraeus, who stepped down as CIA chief amid the scandal of…

Elsewhere for November 27, 2016

You should read this for 11/27/2016: Nazis for real, Black sea Medieval shipwrecks, Collectible Christmas ornaments to Make America Grate Again, and Mom’s Pumpkin Pie ‘Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President Elect Stop it with the “alt right”and “White Nationalists” euphuisms; they’re Nazis. Call them Nazis. Don’t help them hide….

Elsewhere for November 20, 2016

You should read this for 11/20/2016: Fake news, Poetry, Irish Speaking Truth To Power, Internment In our Future, and Cardamom “Obama used to be a law professor. This is key. . . . Trump walked into the Oval Office like a two-pump-chump freshman thinking it was syllabus day, and what…

Elsewhere for November 13, 2016

You should read this for 11/13/2016:   Ancient Greek mosaics revealed.This is old news, but more restoration has taken place. These are stunning. Go look. Newly discovered cave etchings date from between 12,000 and 14,500 years ago. Beautiful images of animals, some of them to very large scale, discovered in…