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  1. A Thread for Random Musings

    Here they tend to announce closures early, to save the teachers a long nasty and needless commute. (In general, housing is way too expensive in Seattle for teachers to be able to live in the city, so they live Way Out There, and folks in this area seem unable to remember from season to season how to drive in sloppy conditions.)
  2. The Non Sequitor Thread

    These are the most non-absorbent kitchen towels I have ever seen.
  3. Complicate the Person Above

    There's an as-yet-unknown-to-science species of amphibians living in and around Death Tribble's bathroom and bedroom. He knows this and exults in keeping secrets. He calls them Nowhere Mode Commode Toads.
  4. A Game of Answers

    "Boot to the head!"
  5. In other news...

    I have never understood how the literal interpretation of a text outstanding for its content of parables became so overwhelmingly important to so many.
  6. Another generation of gamers

    There's a significant portion of the physics majors at my department who are gamers. I have attempted to broaden their education in more ways than one.
  7. In other news...

    Only people who live in perpetually overcast places do that. Like Seattle. And Vancouver. And Holland.
  8. In other news...

    There are few things as pitiful as someone who believes in a theory that was never intended to be taken seriously in the first place.
  9. Funny pics

    We evil instructors know such things instinctively.
  10. More space news!

    Actually, I think it more important to be able to intercept and divert the next one. This was came disturbingly close (0.16 AU) for something that would have been moving about 75 km/s at the top of the atmosphere. Next time their aim will be better.
  11. The Non Sequitor Thread

    the Vishnu Schist and the Zoroaster Granite
  12. A Game of Answers

    Because comets seem to have half as much deuterium in their water as Earth does in its water.
  13. 2017 Word Association Game

    dryer set too high
  14. "Neat" Pictures

    Nice open cluster image Click on the image in the linked page to get the wallpaper-worthy version.
  15. The Last Word

    I've had similar incongruities with shuffle play on my iPod. My wife finds these amusing when they happen over the car stereo. Ronnie Montrose, then one movement from a Brandenburg Concerto, then some Chet Atkins, a bit of Enya, then Deep Purple, ....
  16. Funny pics

    If it's from diabetics, it's extra sweet.
  17. Complicate the Person Above

    L. Marcus was imitating Pariah's brilliant answer to a quantum chemistry exam, written in Old Norse alliterative verse.
  18. Can we forgive old movies?

    You can find other traces of this sort of thing. Go find yourself a copy of the book "Dr. Seuss Goes To War", which is an examination of Theodor Seuss Geisel's stint as a political cartoonist for PM in the run-up to WW2 and early in the War (he left that job and did war work after that). He had clearly racist items in his cartoons depicting the Japanese there. Hardly a surprise in that era, but sort of uncomfortable these days and in conflict with how we tend to think of him from The Cat in the Hat and so on. You can condemn those statements. But to bury them is to make a grave mistake.
  19. Can we forgive old movies?

    I think you have to be able to examine and discuss works from an earlier era, explicitly including aspects of them which are now considered reprehensible, making due accounting for things which are now way out of bounds. If you don't do that, then subsequent people will lose the ability to recognize those attitudes now deemed reprehensible, and they will arise again with new vigor. In short, you will be empowering those attitudes you profess to despise. I think a great deal of the polarization we have now in the US is in fact partly due to the wish to forget, to put old bigotries behind us, and it omits the fact that those bigotries spring back to virulence from those fetid corners where they've hidden when people stop remembering what evils they spawned. Consider it a form of vaccination. I ask my students from time to time if they know what a "necktie party" is. The few that do look at me with shock, and they are unhappy when I tell them that choosing to overlook that part of our cultural heritage means that we're doomed to repeat it.
  20. Funny pics

    Someone trying to recapture part of the expense of their second-year English class, I see.
  21. A Thread for Random Musings

    Y'know, I think a revisiting of something like this could be a basis for a fine new NGD thread.
  22. Monday Morning Music Trios

    Set 1: Core values Time is Tight from Booker T & the MGs Centerfield from John Fogerty Oh Yeah from Yello Set 2: Hymns Realization from Pat Moraz Hi-De-Ho from Blood, Sweat, and Tears Heaven & Hell (excerpt) from Vangelis, from Sagan's Cosmos Set 3: The Fruits of Victory Life's Been Good from Joe Walsh Sharp Dressed Man from ZZ Top Future's So Bright from Timbuk 3
  23. I challenge you!

    You're two for two, keep going. What was once described to me as the uncrossable barrier between the sexes: Menstrual cramps versus temporary impotence
  24. A Game of Answers

    Yeah, my class might be literally the last one before Thanksgiving.