Playing Catch-Up

My collection of links, garnered over days of poking at various websites briefly and putting them aside, has achieved critical mass again, and threatens to shut down all the stuff I’m currently working on if I don’t get rid of some of them by posting them here. So! For your perusal: Here’s a list of…
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Reading Children’s Books Is Totally Bad And Wrong And Embarassing

Some guy (Joel Stein, a columnist for the Times) claims that adults should read only adult literature, and really, it just looks silly for an adult to be reading a Harry Potter book. Does it? I think I grew out of caring what other people thought about what I was reading when I was about…
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The Disappearing Spoon

I received so many cool Christmas presents this year I haven’t even begun to work through all of them. “The Disappearing Spoon” is one of them. It’s a book about the periodic table of elements, but instead of a tedious account describing chemical properties or atomic structure, it’s a juicy book chock-full of curious vignettes…
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Destroying My Childhood Love: Putting The Monkey Brain Back

While I love quite a few movies, books and TV shows, I’m not much of a fan, which is to say: when a piece is adapted into a new medium, I’m not inherently against changing stuff to make it fit better. I liked the Lord of the Rings movies a whole lot better than the…
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Skeptical Buffalo: A Dieting Book For Six-Year-Olds?

A dieting book geared toward kids ages 6-12 is provoking controversy online. The author apparently wanted to help kids address their problems. Unfortunately, what he actually did was illustrate a story in which: 1. Getting made fun of on a regular basis prompts a child to make a positive lifestyle change. There are no consequences…
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