Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Friday Morning Links!

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* CFP: Anticipations: H. G. Wells, Science Fiction and Radical Visions.

* “A mysterious infection may have killed 15 people in Wisconsin, and health officials aren’t sure why.”

* The Coming Desert.

* It’s basically become a standing assignment at the Marquette Tribune to ask me about some weird thing I like once a semester. And while we’re on that subject: a preview of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther.

* Hard times at Mizzou. This new enrollment decline — seemingly on top of the demographic dip nationwide — looks like a complete disaster for the troubled campus, which the administration has effortlessly managed to weaponize in pursuit of its own goals. Meanwhile: Melissa Click Breaks Silence, Backs AAUP Inquiry.

Luxurious College Apartments, Built on Debt.

In Illinois and Pennsylvania, eight-month budget stalemates threaten the future of public higher education.

* The end of tenure in Wisconsin.

* “Are becoming.”

* March Sadness, 2016.

* AlphaGo wins again.

Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister. Miami’s oceanfront nuclear power plant is leaking.

* What happens if there’s a supervolcano?

* The Wachowski sisters.

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English.

* Alternate title: Bernie Sanders has no path to a delegate majority. Even so, that Michigan win was pretty great.

* Even the neoliberal Matt Yglesias: How Bernie Sanders convinced me about free college.

Study suggests grad students may outperform faculty members in the classroom and may also benefit from time away from their dissertations.

In stories of classroom sexual harassment, popular teachers are often the perpetrators.

The survey found that presidents did seem to be aware of the frustrations of minority students on other presidents’ campuses.

* Dystopia now: United confirms 10-abreast seating on some of its 777s.

* …just another instance of the bipartisan “smell weakness, then mercilessly swarm” routine that everyone has apparently decided is a healthy and beneficial norm for online life.

At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump. It’s Getting Harder For Donald Trump To Deny That His Top Aide Assaulted A Reporter. Donald Trump Encourages Violence At His Rallies. His Fans Are Listening. Legitimacy and violence. The plan.

* The arc of history is long, but Home Depot might pay up to $0.34 in compensation for each of the 53 million credit cards it leaked.

“Magic in North America”: The Harry Potter franchise veers too close to home.

Revealed: the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income. (via)

* 100% absolutely yes: Janelle Monae Will Co-Star in a Movie About the Women Behind the Space Program.

Former College Student Wins Lawsuit After Being Told Men Were ‘Turned On’ By Her Pregnancy.

* xkcd: Map of the Repositioned United States.

As a result, the complaint stated, Choudhry was disciplined with a 10 percent reduction in salary for one year and required to write a letter of apology to Sorrell. Sorrell alleged in the lawsuit that she was told by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele that he had “seriously considered terminating the Dean” but had decided not to because “it would ruin the Dean’s career.” Berkeley’s handling of sexual harassment is a disgrace.

U.N.C. Football Player Who Ended Up Homeless Had C.T.E.

Reddit Users Were Asked To Sum Up Their First Sexual Experience With A GIF.

* How many LEGO would it take to…

* A brief history of allergies.

* google lightsaber truth

* google jar jar truth

* google spiderman sounds weird truth

The Armed Campus in the Anxiety Age.

The making of Cosmic Encounter, the greatest boardgame in the galaxy.

* Being Sid Meier.

* Sleep is important, apparently. I know I miss it.

* Saturday Morning Breakfast Orpheus.

* Y’all ready for a tech crash?

* And the worst part is, now they won’t even let us complain!

* And this is very promising: Huntington’s disease gene dispensable in adult mice.


Written by gerrycanavan

March 11, 2016 at 9:30 am

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  1. ” seeking an entry point to casual comics fandom, Canavan recommends Matt Fraction’s recent “Hawkeye” series, “Superman: Red Son,” “Maus,” “Jimmy Corrigan,” and “Watchmen.””

    Hmm. When did you last reread Red Son? Because my sense is that it is very much the weak link in that particular chain. I mean, I could add a lot of titles… but never mind. Maus, Watchmen & Hawkeye are all great choices. Jimmy Corrigan is utterly brilliant, natch, but rather depressing for a lot of readers: still, for the right reader it’s the perfect recommendation. So yeah, I see all four of those. But Red Son? I mean, if you want to recommend a superman comic why not Morrison’s All-Star? (Wouldn’t be in my top five recommendations, personally, but if I had to pick a Superman comic I think it’s stronger than Red Son.) Don’t get me wrong: I *liked* Red Son. I just don’t think it’s all THAT good.

    Stephen Frug

    March 11, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    • I like ALL-STAR too! I think RED SON was on my mind because I’m teaching it this fall (and ALL STAR) this summer. I really like both. I’m not sure how those recommendations came about; it was a paraphrase of a larger conversation about comics. But I’ll defend it! What is your objection?


      March 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      • I wish I had a coherent objection I could say. I just found it to be… okay. Not groundbreaking the way the others were. It was… I dunno… Neat idea? Sorta fun? Maybe *I’m* the one who should reread it. But to pair it next to Watchmen, or Maus, or Jimmy Corrigan, is to watch it wither in the glare of the greater work, it seems to me.

        Let me turn it around: why do you like it so much? It’s a neat elseworlds story. What makes it stand out for you?

        Stephen Frug

        March 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

  2. I like the alt-history gimmick — Superman leaves 8 minutes later, winds up in the Ukraine — and I think it’s a fresher take on the relationship between superheroes, the state, and the law than the nth WATCHMEN ripoff. The “armor-piercing question” bit at the end is really well achieved, and the coda that sees Krypton as a future Earth (which, shockingly, I think had never before been imagined) in thrall to Lex Luthor’s ideology (house of “L”) is super-clever. I don’t know, it’s good! Just about the only serious misfire, I think, is having Batman be in the USSR too…


    March 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

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