Category Archives: Mad Raving

Suckered

A friend recommended the other day that I watch SUCKER PUNCH. I’d mentioned how a certain violent nature in fictional women could make them more attractive (though even the violence in KILL BILL couldn’t do it for Uma Thurman) and … Continue reading

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Public Uneducation

Teaching to the test. If, as a teacher, you want your students to do their best, you have to have them practice what is effectively bad writing— no introduction, no conclusion, just hit the points of the rubric and provide … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas For The Suicidal

It would seem that, for some mysterious reason (probably starting with “Affiliate links”) Business Insider has published a list of gifts that men can buy for their wives or girlfriends. (Particularly, I suppose, if the lady in question works at … Continue reading

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Modern Expressionism

So, an artist goes into an Apple store. . . . No, it’s not a joke, and I don’t really care about the minor legal trouble this guy got into. What interests me about this article is that he seems … Continue reading

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Putnnam’s Law: Conform or Else

Puttnam’s Law. In the tech field we used to say, “No one ever got fired for buying IBM.” (Now it’s Microsoft.) No matter if it works out or not; if you follow the herd, you didn’t make a mistake and … Continue reading

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Logic and Magic?

This article by N.K. Jemisin seems to have caused a minor kerfuffle. Some people agree: “Yes, it’s fercrissakes magic. It’s supposed to be all about wonder and stuff, not logic.” Some disagree: “Magic is energy and energy is physics and … Continue reading

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Seeing The Future

This started as a comment about the future of publishing on Billie Sue Mosiman’s Facebook page (nice lady; buy her books), and I thought it worth preserving here. (Yes, I’m the sort of jerk who may drop a short essay … Continue reading

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Don’t Buy The Bullshit

I’ll be brief. PIPA/SOPA isn’t about ‘protecting intellectual property rights.’ It’s about censorship, and giving big media companies (through the efforts of their paid mouthpieces in Congress), the ability to control what people see on the wild Internet. So, you … Continue reading

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