Patrick Stewart’s Quadruple Take Masterclass

The Real Number of Hours Teachers Work

When you look at the time teachers actually spend working, you can see that it’s not a cakewalk — at all. The next time your city or state  wants to cut back on teacher salaries or hammer their pensions, here’s something to show around to folks before they make a…

What It’s Like To Get A National-Security Letter

Maria Bustillos for The New Yorker: I spoke with Brewster Kahle, the founder of the nonprofit Internet Archive, perhaps the greatest of our digital What It’s Like To Get A National-Security Letterlibraries, and of the Wayback Machine, which allows you to browse an archive of the Web that reaches back…

Addressing (Unintended) Disrespect in your Professional Community.

From Scientific American Doing Good Science Blog by Janet D. Stemwedel It is profoundly disheartening to take yourself to be accepted by your professional community, valued for the skills and ideas you bring to the table, only to discover that this is not how your presumptive colleagues actually see you. You…

Ursula K. Le Guin, Finding My Elegy

Cover of Ursula Le Guin's Finding My Elege, showing landscape and sunset

I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. Ive been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the 70s in a single-wide trailer on the wind-scoured…

Sad Cat Diary

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Charles Stross, The Hidden Family

Cover of Charles Stross The Hidden Family

The second novel in a projected trilogy by Charles Stross, The Hidden Family picks up right where the first one ends, with Miriam fleeing an assassination attempt and an attempt to frame her in an attack on another member of The Clan. While she attempts to discover who most wants…

Saving the mice at Leicestershire

Even mice need a helping hand now and then.

A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip

Gabrielle Giffords A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association, which in the last election cycle spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending. ….

New Atheist Bigotry?

From The Guardian: “Sam Harris, the New Atheists, and anti-Muslim animus” by Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald Two columns have been published in the past week harshly criticizing the so-called “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens: this one by Nathan Lean in Salon, and this one by…

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