How Many Murderers you will Meet

Today on Facebook (where else?) I found this, which claims I’ll walk past 36 murderers in my lifetime. It’s attention-grabbing because it’s both (a) a ridiculous thing to think about and (b) something we’ve all thought about. I wonder all the time how many of the people I brush up against in Target are truly…

The MAZE Inside UFO 54-40

An article on i09 is the post on that blog that I’ve been waiting for for 30 years. It’s about Inside UFO 54-50, my favorite Choose Your Own Adventure book from childhood, and also the single one that was actually thought provoking. You see, Inside UFO 54-40 is an odd beast in that it has…

My Dark Triad Profile

The Dark Triad is one of those things that I hadn’t heard about until recently. It’s a trifecta of "negative" personality traits: Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy – or, roghly speaking, preoccupation with self, tendency toward deceit, and lack of emotional depth/sensitivity. I could have told you before I took the test that the only one…

Clark!

One day I’m calling Popehat’s Clark "breaktakingly stupid.” Today I think he’s right on point. So much that I want to link his article to high heaven. Weird feeling. Anyway, follow the link. It mirrors most of what I said in my latest post, but in much more elaborated form. I almost never post here…

Moving

Not that there are many/any readers, but heads up to any regulars out there: this blog will be moving to theonlywinningmove.net in a couple of days. There will likely be issues with links to old entries not working; please bear with me.

Moving (Again)

This blog is currently accessible at both joshuawherring.com/blog and theonlywinningmove.net. Shortly, the joshuawherring.com link will be retired as part of a general move to turn joshuawherring.com into a professional site. theonlywinningmove.net will continue to host my personal blog.

An Interesting Dumb Thing

As part of the blanket internets SOPA protest today, there’s a #FactsWithoutWikipedia hashtag on Twitter. It’s not really worth your time – typical internet mostly unfunny people trying to get attention. But one of them really stuck out: Suicide increases life expectancy. THAT seems like the kind of golden ticket factoid that academics dream of…

Fact-Check FAIL

In a review of the upcoming The Iron Lady, Bill Gibron has this unfortunate thing to say: With their take on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, writer Abi Morgan and director Phyllida Lloyd have decided to jumble the already muddled mythos revolving around England’s first female leader. While true to many of the actual…

D-bag of Words

The funny thing about slang is that you’re not always entirely sure what it means. For example, there’s this venn diagram from the Laughing Squid (courtesy of Noah) showing the difference between nerds, geeks, dweebs and dorks. I guess it’s true that in junior high these terms, though never interchangeable in the strict sense, were…

What’s Victimhood Good For?

TOWM quote of the day: The fastest and easiest way to feel superior is to assume the role of a victim … because a victim is always superior to his or her oppressors. That’s John Nolte writing about how and why the Occupy Movement has failed. I don’t endorse everything in the article – in…