Dear Parents/Teachers, you were wrong!

I love my parents dearly. However, I am going to issue a HUGE nyah-nyah in their general direction today. Along with all those teachers who told me to stop daydreaming. Science says you were WRONG! Heh. Daydreaming while working on complex mental tasks may not be such a crime; a new study suggests it can[…]

Time for remedial English?

Egad! I can only correct so many hundreds of proposed edits to Modernity before I start to discern a pattern. It isn’t simply that I do not live and breath the Chicago Manual of Style (any edition), it’s that I apparently have no fundamental understanding of a few basic English concepts. Based on the copious[…]

I can’t even, either.

Clive Thomson driveled something on the internet today: It must be said: Lovecraft is not a great literary stylist. His prose is good, but not great. The one exception? This linguistic subgenre—the craft of finding new ways to say that he can’t say something. When Lovecraft does describe a monster straightforwardly, he often stumbles, defaulting[…]

One last laugh for John Pinette

One of my favorite comedians passed yesterday. John Pinette was one the few contemporary comedians that we could listen to with the kids when they were small on our 3,000-mile journeys across the fruited plain. His jokes are frequently retold at Fort Reed, and his humor greatly influenced our family culture. The world is a[…]