Tapping the Source (Review)

As it happens, I learned about Kem Nunn from John From Cincinatti, an obscure little show you could be forgiven for having missed. It was excellent for the most part, but it got cancelled early and so they stuffed it into one of those super-contrived endings that ruins everything and answers nothing. Highly recommended, but…

Why I am a Skeptic, if not a Denier

Probably going on two weeks now I promised commenter Richard on this post that I would explain why I am skeptical that there is a Global Warming problem. This is that post. Let me start by insisting on addressing this the way he phrased it: I’m skeptical that there is a Global Warming problem. I’m…

World Cup Predictions

For what it’s worth (and admittedly very late), here are my predications for the remainder of the tournament. It’s one of those things where the final looks wrong, and yet given all the match-ups, I wouldn’t change any of my choices. For all the hype about Colombia, I’m pretty certain that Brazil will beat them.…

Soccer Fitness

Every four years the world gives itself a present in the form of the World Cup. And every four years America’s traditional soccer aversion breaks down just a little bit more. But we still have a long way to go before the US embraces soccer, and in the meantime those of us who like it…

Damien Walter and his Big Imagination

Damien Walter has yet another column up in the Guardian attempting to deny that there’s any sort of political strong-arming going on in science fiction these days. As is now the norm for these things, the "argument" rests more on the wording than the logic. When is a giant lizard not a giant lizard? When…

Talking Past the Solution, Again

The Guardian has another one of these frustrating columns on rape where the columnist argues past the point about false accusations. It’s by Jessica Valenti, and it takes issue with A. J. Delgado’s recent column in National Review Crying Rape (that’s an actual link, by the way – Jessica Valenti used a smarmy Do Not…

Complexity != Predicitve Power

I love it when people say a thing, then say they didn’t really say it, and then follow up by repeating the thing that they really did say. Here’s a good example: As an aside, if you are stupefied by how statisticians like Silver deal with all that data and still accept their analyses, you…

How is a Prime Minister (Not) Like a President?

As you get older, you accumulate pet peeves. Get enough of them, and you eventually end up in the heckling booth with Stadler and Waldorf, I guess. One pet peeve I’ve just added to my list: people who make easy comparisons between Westminister systems and the American Congressional system of governance. It’s not that comparisons…

That Kiss

George Takei has a blog post up that I want to complain about, because it distorts, probably without realizing it, an issue that needs to be better understood. The complaint is that so many people reacted with public revulsion to the kiss that Michael Sam and his boyfriend shared on the air when he got…