Category: culture

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Syracuse Prof’s Star Trek Class Goes Global

I love when seminal works of fiction, fantasy and science fiction are given their proper due. Previously available only for enrolled Syracuse University students, professor Anthony Rotolo will now offer a free and open “Star Trek” class to the public,...

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Baby got… Bechdel (-Wallace) Test

Update: Alison Bechdel has stated before that she got the idea for the strip from a friend Liz Wallace and more recently said that she would be happy now calling it The Bechdel-Wallace Test. I saw this tweet shared on...

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Neil Gaiman on political correctness

I’ve seen this quote from Neil Gaiman about “political correctness” making the rounds lately. Even though it’s from a few years ago (on Valentine’s Day, no less), it’s still pretty apt. I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough)...

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jokes: true sense of humor

I have been programmed with a true sense of humor. If a joke is funny, I will laugh. –Sgt. Eve Edison, “Mann & Machine“ I often repeat a version of this, and no one ever gets it. It’s about the...

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social media: instagram mosaic

So… that’s new. I’m used to getting random favorites and followers on instagram and most of them being “buy followers!” accounts, but this is a new tactic. At least it’s new to me. It’s definitely impressive and is banking on...

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street art: Go Go Yubari by JPS

Some really impressive street art by JPS in the UK. I’m really impressed by the use of the chain, and the artist’s inspiration to make the piece “mixed media”. You don’t often see that with street art and graffiti. I...

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game shows: Liar’s Club

The subject of game shows came up the other day at work and lemme tell you… I loved (past tense) game shows. They were one of the few things that got the entire family together to watch TV. Not the...

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video: sousaphones are free speech too!

Saw this video making the rounds, and it’s a brilliant way to non-violently express your feelings while others are expressing theirs. Diana Martin posted a video of a sousaphone player providing musical accompaniment to a group of KKK members on...

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video: Saturday Morning Slow Jams

Because you know what you needed to start off your week? 90s R&B slow jam versions of cartoon theme songs. Yes, really. Told ya. I saw the above video on a friend’s Facebook page and learned there were more on...

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health: National Cancer Survivors Day

I’m not normally one for arbitrary holidays-that-aren’t-holidays, but I suppose I can get behind this one. I recently got a card in the mail from the hospital about National Cancer Survivors Day and an event they’re holding. Honestly, the event...

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in DC: Awesome Con!

Awesome Con was this past weekend in DC and I still feel a little worn out from it! When I last went two years ago, it was much smaller, just confined to a few rooms in the Convention Center–it was...

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D.I.Y. Disco by Disco Dick

I’ve seen a lot of articles and videos over the past year about how all music within and across genres sounds the same and why it sounds the same and it reminded me of a classic and fun disco song...

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in DC: Franciscan Monastery

It’s pretty common that when you live in DC for a long time, you tend to take its sights for granted. Smithsonian? Seen it. Monuments? Yeah, sure. White House? Walk past it all the time. And even the sights you’ve...

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DC Pride 2015: Out/Spoken

Capital Pride is just around the corner, and in case you didn’t know, it’s not just all about the parade and festival (and parties)–even though it can sometimes seem that way. If you’d rather tone up your mind rather than...

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photo: …they CAN jump!

Even though it was a warm and muggy day, it didn’t keep this guy down. Taken during a Martial Arts exhibition at the Asian Heritage Festival this past weekend.  The festival was a bit smaller than anticipated, and the food...