Pervasive technological problems don’t get solved by just opting out

Interesting article, if you ignore the stupid headline. The mentioned studies connecting screen-based activities and unhappiness is of note. (Though I wonder how ebooks compare to books.) “As teens have started spending less time together, they have become less likely to kill one another, and more likely to kill themselves.” Is, well. Something. (Reminds me of the meme showing 80s/90s rock screaming “I kill motherfuckers” … Continue reading Pervasive technological problems don’t get solved by just opting out

Metal and Christianity

It’s interesting to see how intertwined metal and Christianity are. Slayer? Singing songs about hell and has a crucifix at the concerts. But the singer is Catholic. He also notes Catholic services do the same thing. Iron Maiden released a song called “The Number of the Beast” and got moral guardians’ upset despite being based on the Bible. Avenged Sevenfold gets it’s name from the … Continue reading Metal and Christianity

Thinking skill in the STEM fields measures intelligence is bad

For whatever reason math, science, and pretty much any heavily quantitative study has become the metric on which intelligence is based. Someone who can do calculus mentally must be a genius and someone who struggles with fractions must be dumb. I’m not immune to this oddity–I met one particularly brilliant individual years ago and assumed he must be great at maths. (He’s not bad,  but … Continue reading Thinking skill in the STEM fields measures intelligence is bad

The Lengthening yet Dying Consumerist Christmas Season (I find it surprisingly saddening)

This year I saw Christmas decorations before even Halloween and Black Friday setup at Walmart early Thanksgiving with signs saying not to touch until 6 pm. A few friends went out to shop at midnight and found out most places were closed, the whole thing happened on Thanksgiving evening without much notice. We’re already two months into the Christmas selling season and there’s not much … Continue reading The Lengthening yet Dying Consumerist Christmas Season (I find it surprisingly saddening)

As This Wave of 3D Ends, Keep In Mind It Will Probably Return

The kinematoscope came in 1855. The patent for 3D movies came in the 1890s, and the first public 3D movie was in 1922. 1928 marked the first 3D television. The patent for color motion pictures came in 1899, after 3D movies, though commercialized faster in 1909, but the color wasn’t actually in the film; it merely was alternating filters in the projector. There’s also the … Continue reading As This Wave of 3D Ends, Keep In Mind It Will Probably Return

Some People Following the Crowd Doesn’t Diminish the Reasons Behind the Movement (A response to Hans Fiene)

Hans Fiene says the move to legalize gay marriage is merely the result of a desire to imitate the Civil Rights Movement.  His article has a number of issues, from making false claims to false equivocations, but it can be taken in sequence. He first establishes that the current generation learned about the greatness of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement as a sort … Continue reading Some People Following the Crowd Doesn’t Diminish the Reasons Behind the Movement (A response to Hans Fiene)

Silencing Hate Doesn’t Make It Go Away (Response to Ryan Chapin Mach’s “Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak”)

In the past year or so Yik Yak has stormed the phones of college students across the country. The app doesn’t ask for any personal information, so it’s entirely anonymous, and which posts you see is determined entirely on your current location. Like many other anonymous online forums that become mainstream, Yik Yak has attracted a negative reception, especially as it targets students. Ryan Mach provides … Continue reading Silencing Hate Doesn’t Make It Go Away (Response to Ryan Chapin Mach’s “Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak”)