This is going to be a busy week. (And I’m not talking about work – although that, too, will be busy.) When I was back in Brookline last week, I picked out all of the books that I wanted to ship to Seattle (about 250 of them). They should be arriving around the middle of…Read More "Incoming…."
I just upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.0.6. If you notice anything (unintentionally) odd, please let me know. (But try shift-reload first, in case you’ve just got a stale cache.)Read More Upgrade
R. J. Eskow has generated some attention with his “15 questions” challenge to the group that he describes as “militant atheists”. P.Z. and others have pointed out that this is a fairly blatant strawman argument; for example: Apparently, we’ve been blaming every problem in the universe on religion and religion alone, and we need to…Read More Eskow's challenge
Most of the population of Seattle seems to have been glued to their TVs for some (American) football game or other; I decided to go to see The History Boys. It was wonderful. Yes, of course it was produced and directed like a play rather than a film: when you’ve got one of the best…Read More The History Boys
Inspired by Josh, I took the superhero quiz. I think the decisive questions were the ones about thongs and push-up bras…. Your results:You are Spider-Man Spider-Man 70% Iron Man 65% Superman 60% Green Lantern 60% Supergirl 55% Robin 47% Hulk 30% The Flash 25% Wonder Woman 25% Batman 25% Catwoman 5% You are intelligent, witty,…Read More Moi?
As a relatively successful product of the old, selective system of British secondary schooling, I used to toe the Labour party line on the virtues of comprehensive education. I wised up after I arrived in the USA. After seeing the practical results (including the mess that US public education has become), I can’t say I’m…Read More Majority 'back selective schools'
This time last year, I had a sidebar feature on my blog that displayed the articles from a year before, so in addition to speculating about major snowstorms that weren’t I was able to look back to New Year 2005. Revisiting my blogging from December 2005 and January 2006, I see that much of it…Read More This time last year
I haven’t done a Random 10 for quite a while, so here’s the first of the New Year. iTunes delivered a fairly conventional list this time, including several that are hard not to sing along with. (Specifically, those by Janis, Bruce, Kirsty, Paula, and Love.) “Life of Surprises” by Prefab Sprout (from A Life of…Read More Random 10