Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ah, childhood

By | August 31, 2014

Sounds like Ta-Nehisi Coates had a childhood much like mine. And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. It wasn’t because I got hit in the… Read More »

They matter

By | August 31, 2014

This is for those – especially the many engineeritis infectees – who persist in thinking that literature and the humanities don’t matter. I found empirical support for the idea that the Harry Potter series influenced the political values and perspectives of the generation that came of age with these books. Reading the books correlated with… Read More »

Choices

By | August 30, 2014

Depression isn’t new, but its prevalence certainly is. I wonder why? There has to be some cause, some reason why it affects so many when historically that seems not to have been the case. My guess is that the narrative of depression – that it is something that just is – is not correct. My… Read More »

Don’t Iggy Me

By | August 30, 2014

I like Iggy Azalea I think because I identify with her. Two feet in the red dirt, school skirt Sugar cane, back lane 3 jobs took years to save But I got a ticket on that plane People got a lot to say But don’t know shit bout where I was made Or how many… Read More »

Dual

By | August 30, 2014

When I am forced to use a PC without dual monitors, I actually get pissed off. Like truly angry. It seems like an affront against all that’s good and right in the world. Not having dual monitors is crippling. How people can work on a tiny postage-stamp-screen laptop is beyond me. At least I have… Read More »

The enemy

By | August 30, 2014

I write about this a lot, but this is really striking. We’ve met the enemy, and it is us. A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing… Read More »

You know what

By | August 30, 2014

I understand where this person is coming from, but it also has huge problems. I grew up a Southerner from the deep, deep South. In many places especially where there are large black populations – as there was and is where I sprouted – BEV and white Southern English overlap significantly. In other words, when… Read More »

Clean

By | August 30, 2014

Twenty-Two Percent of the World’s Power Now Comes from Renewable Sources. Much of that is hydro still, but that is changing rapidly. I remember about a decade ago when many prominent and likely well-intentioned (not industry shills) scientists and other experts asserted that it was not possible to get world renewables past 10 percent of… Read More »

Margaret Hamilton

By | August 29, 2014

Did you know that the lead software designer of the Apollo flight software was a woman, Margaret Hamilton? Neither did I, until today. Tell me again why we’re trying to chase all women out of STEM fields?

Dismissiveness

By | August 29, 2014

True, true. There’s no denying that black women’s sexuality is policed and derided in a way that white women’s is not. By white feminists, especially. It’s also true that white feminists are falling all over themselves to criticize Iggy Azalea, while at the same time fawning over and praising Eminem. Hypocrite much? However, it’s always… Read More »