Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Friday!

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Adjuncts and theories of politics.

  1. Attack the tenured and those on the tenure track.
  2. ???
  3. Profit.

* New Year’s Resolutions and cruel optimism.

* The tyranny of data: Neflix’s 76,897 genres. No more, no less!

Slate’s Embarrassing Middle-Earth Error.

Given this it makes the most sense, and would in some sense be most accurate, to understand both Aragorn and Arwen as half-Elvish who chose the fate of Men, though even then few citizens of Gondor would think of Aragorn as anything but a Man. (Indeed Aragorn, descended from Elros, who chose mortality, is not even given the choice of identifying as an Elf, in the sense that his bloodline does not give him access to Aman.) What none would do is think of Arwen as “3/16 human.” Attempting to force this kind of “scientific” racialism, obsessed with fractional bloodline, on to Middle-earth and Arda is a sort of cultural imperialism: It’s just not how Elves or Men (or Valar) understand race.

Dan Harmon Is Still Pretty Torn Up About Everything. Joel McHale on the return of Community.

* Science! Dogs align their bodies along a North-South axis when they poop.

Our Trash Has Become A New Ocean Ecosystem Called “The Plastisphere.” How climate change will starve the deep sea.

* What could possibly go wrong? The United States Is Now the Most Unequal of All Advanced Economies.

* But there’s good news too! Lightning strikes killed fewer Americans than ever in 2013.

How many of your health supplements are actually snake oil?

* It’s not just your imagination: mass shootings are increasing.

10 Films That Passed the Bechdel Test in 2013. There were ten?

And Walmart Recalls Tainted Donkey Meat from Chinese Stores. “It’s actually fox meat, regulators say.”

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  1. c’mon, stop linking those fredrik de boer articles. they are *so* *bad*. like, what?

    Lindsey

    January 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    • It may scandalize you if I reveal I think they’re only *half* bad.

      gerrycanavan

      January 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

      • I don’t get the internet hatred for de Boer. I mean, sure, he has flaws; what writer doesn’t? (Voice from the sidelines: Ta-Nehisi Coates! Speaker: Lie quiet Divus.) But he has good points too. Why does de Boer drive everyone so crazy?

        Stephen Frug

        January 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      • Well, I don’t want to speak for The Internet, but I think Freddie has pretty aggressively antagonized every natural base of support he could possibly have.

        gerrycanavan

        January 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm


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