Pentacostalgon

I really like this word, Pentacostalgon! I read it in an article on CNN about an atheist named Jeremy Hall who is suing the U.S. military for religious discrimination. The story has been in the news for a while, but this is the first time I ran into the word. It comes from Michael Weinstein, “a retired senior Air Force…

Wall-E

I liked the movie Wall-E, but I didn’t love it, the way so many people do. The message about the environment, consumption, and technology was an obvious. One that a six year old and maybe even a four year old would get. But Frank Rich of the NYT waxes rhapsodic about the movie in the context of this year’s political…

Devaluing veterans

According to an article on LiveLeak.com, 18 veterans commit suicide every day, and there are 1,000 attempts per month. According to a CBS news report, veteran suicide rates are twice as high as the regular population. Even the government knows that suicide rates among veterans from the Iraq war are “epidemic.” The comments on this link are depressing and sickening.

Danica

I don’t know anything about racing, either the rules or the culture, but this seems to be an example of sexism at work. Apparently other drivers think Danica is too aggressive, a sentiment that AP has turned into an article. I’m not sure what occasioned the article or why it’s considered news, either. But Danica defends herself nicely: “All I…

People From College Who I Remember

I was ruminating on my college days the other day, and I had a flash of thought about people I knew briefly during the drunken haze at UT. These are people who didn’t know me, people I -barely- knew. They were charismatic enough to remember after all these years. 1. Paul Begala. Yes, I knew him when. He didn’t know…

Pew Study on Religion

Predictably, Dinesh D’Souza had to go and comment on the Pew Study on Religion, too. He makes the same point below about people being shallow that I cited in an earlier blog post, but of course he frames his comments in a usual anti-postmodernist screed. He writes: There are two kinds of pluralism: the kind that holds that truth does…

Gratitudes

Threes: And You May Tell Yourself

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Gladiator smoothie from Smoothie King
2. Obama is up by double digits in the polls.
3. I updated my Haraway pages today.

Link-o-mania – A Geektastic List

1. Marc Bousquet’s syllabus for Internet Culture and Information Society. I’m too obsolete to teach a cyberculture class again. I’m so out of it. I don’t like  MMORPGs. I don’t particularly like social networking. At least I blog (occasionally). Bousquet’s syllabus has them view the Daily Show’s report on Second Life. It’s worth a laugh. 2. An open letter to…