A Bunk of One's Own (A Woman at Sea)

It either makes great irony or great sense that someone who works with the fishing industry doesn't actually eat seafood. On one hand, I have the freshest fish available all around me and I don't take advantage. On the other hand I'm not that person at the restaurant quizzing the waiter "Where was this fish caught?… » 8/27/14 10:10pm Wednesday 10:10pm

Thought: If Corporations Are People, Let's Treat Them Like People

So, I've been giving it a bit of a think, and I think we've been going about opposing corporate personhood all wrong. I mean, yeah, by any common sense definition, WalMart's not a person. It's a series of stores and office buildings which people fit inside. People, as a rule, generally don't hang out inside other… » 8/21/14 10:57pm 8/21/14 10:57pm

How You Can Help Ferguson and Bring Justice for Mike Brown

We were going to write a post stating the ways you can help the citizens of Ferguson, however, the writer of the Spaceship Dreaming blog has done a ton of research around helping the justice for Mike Brown movement already. On Spaceship Dreaming are listings for various charities, food pantries, sign petitions, and … » 8/21/14 2:30pm 8/21/14 2:30pm

The Percieved Myth of Antisemitism

My grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, occasionally voices her concern that the Jewish people will once again be targeted. That her grandchildren and great grandchildren will end up in camps like those in which she worked as a slave for 6 years and where most of her family perished. I always thought she was being… » 8/21/14 12:18pm 8/21/14 12:18pm

Philly Schools already strapped and bracing for deeper cuts

The Philadelphia school system has been notoriously underfunded, in part because our governor Tom Corbett has slashed state support to the school district because reportedly he wants to crush the teacher's union and move the school system to using primarily privately run charter schools and other types of … » 8/15/14 2:54pm 8/15/14 2:54pm

How I Learned to Code

A friend of mine was complaining about a job applicant who didn't know gcc and used gedit as her editor. For those not in the know, gcc is a collection of programs that translate code from human readable to something that the machine can understand, and gedit is just a notepad like program. In theory, maybe, these… » 8/14/14 9:00pm 8/14/14 9:00pm

Examining the Word Choice of Print Media in the Wake of Ferguson


Something interesting has been happening in the Midwest this week, and depending on which newspaper you pick up with your morning coffee you might think it involves beleaguered law enforcement heroically facing aimlessly angry mobs intent on destroying everything in their path, or you might think a town… » 8/14/14 3:53pm 8/14/14 3:53pm

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Forty-four years ago, Gil Scott Heron released the song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Listening to the poem today, it could easily have been written about the professional news coverage of Ferguson, MO. » 8/14/14 9:08am 8/14/14 9:08am

Nationwide Ferguson Moment of Silence/Protest

Please check out the protests going on in your area and join in. The organizers are just asking for a moment of silence, so its nothing too taxing that will get you arrested (maybe). I've copy/pasted the notice below, but you should click the link to get an updated version. » 8/14/14 1:42am 8/14/14 1:42am

Lost Letters - An Alphabetic Story


The alphabet is something we learn as small children, the first step toward teaching us how to read (itself the first step in teaching us how to fritter away time reading articles about cats). There are only twenty-six letters, but those twenty-six can be put together to make every word in our language. But how… » 8/13/14 11:30am 8/13/14 11:30am