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Sarah McLachlan’s Pet Commercial of Death

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Do you know what the most horrible thing in the world is?  You might think that it is death, or disease, or war.  You might think that it is crushing existential despair.  You might think it is madness and fear […]

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Top Ten Actually Sexy Halloween Costumes

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Every Halloween, millions of men and women* across America try to figure out how to sex up seemingly innocuous costume ideas–“I’ll be a pumpkin, but like . . . a sexy pumpkin” or “I’ll be a surveyor–a sultry surveyor!”   […]

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Douglas Hofstadter: the David Byrne of Cognitive Science

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In this provocative Stanford University Presidential lecture titled, “Analogy as the Core of Cognition”, cognitive scientist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Douglas Hofstadter elaborates on the role of analogy in cognitive computation in meticulous detail. Also, he reminds me of […]

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Outrage of the Day: Mug ‘O’ Spam

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. . . Which brings me to today’s Recipe of the Day, Mug ‘O’ Spam. I feel like somebody is making fun of me here. Is the Kansas State Fair trying to bait me? Is the Bellingham Herald being ironical? The Great American SPAM Championship? Aslan wept.

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The Passion of Planks

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I kind of find planks romantic, in that I don’t really understand where they come from, and this lends them an air of mystery.  Whenever I see one, I try to smell it, because I am hoping that it smells […]