Gerry Canavan

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Monday

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* As I discuss in my presentation for SLSA next week, Octavia Butler predicted it: Huntington’s mutation can improve learning before symptoms arrive.

* How to fight a nuclear war: Jimmy Carter had a plan.

* Stuyvesant, Harvard, people are alike all over: the psychology of cheating.

* “In Plain View”: How molesters get away with it.

* Meta poll-of-polls analysis shows the Romney campaign is in serious trouble.

What Erikson and Wlezien did is rather remarkable: They collected pretty much every publicly available poll conducted during the last 200 days of the past 15 presidential elections and then ran test after test on the data to see what we could say about the trajectory of presidential elections. Their results make Romney’s situation look very dire.

For instance: The least-stable period of the campaign isn’t early in the year or in the fall. It’s the summer. That’s because the conventions have a real and lasting effect on a campaign.

But the most surprising of Erikson and Wlezien’s results, and the most dispiriting for the Romney campaign, is that unlike the conventions, the debates don’t tend to matter. There’s “a fairly strong degree of continuity from before to after the debates,” they write. That’s true even when the trailing candidate is judged to have “won” the debates. “Voters seem to have little difficulty proclaiming one candidate the ‘winner’ of a debate and then voting for the opponent,” Erikson and Wlezien say.

Massachusetts looks to be reverting to the mean, too.

* Underselling it a bit: “Potentially unsafe” rat meat is being sold illegally in London marketplaces. Remember, it’s only potentially unsafe. Who among us can really know anything for sure?

* Also at io9: George Dvorsky takes the recent rheseus monkey brain-implant study as a hook for another ride on the what-could-possibly-go-wrong merry-go-round about uplifting animals.

* The Los Angeles Review of Books visits the comics.

* And just because it’s Monday: Ben Folds vs. the Fraggles.

Monday Morning Links

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* …when Priorities informed a focus group that Romney supported the Ryan budget plan — and thus championed “ending Medicare as we know it” — while also advocating tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the respondents simply refused to believe any politician would do such a thing.

* …according to this New York Times piece, working conditions have gotten so bad that advertisers can now depict utopia as… taking a lunch break. But of course it’d never work in practice. Be realistic.

* In the sciences, Ph.D. ≠ job.

* America’s Billionaires: Are They Crazy Enough?

* Finding out Talking Points Memo pays bonuses for traffic is like finding out Santa Claus is as crooked as everybody else. Terrible.

* At least I can still trust SCOTUSblog, which explains how they got it right when everyone else blew the mission.

* South Korea may start hunting whales again, for ‘science’.

* NFL concussion update from MetaFilter.

* SMBC presents a superhero for our times: the Iron Sociopath.

* Larry Tye’s brief history of Superman.

* Fraggle Rock‘s Dozers will get their own TV show. Yes, please.

* And RIP, Sir Ernest Borgnine.

Wednesday Wednesday

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* In case you missed it, I have pieces in Reviews in Cultural Theory and American Literature online now.

* Mission accomplished: Obama has lost everyone. Well, almost everyone.

* “Something of a waterloo for publishing”: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications are suing four librarians at Georgia State University for making portions of electronic copies of articles available to students when the text is places on reserve in the library, which is likely protected under fair use.

* Closing arguments in California today in the determining the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

* Celebrating Bloomsday all over: 1, 2. Thanks Tim!

* How to keep someone forever: create a sick system. Via MeFi.

* The 2010s will bring you edgy Fraggles.

* A secret history of beloved Northern New Jersey field trip site the Cloisters.

* And Flickr has hidden posters of the long-sealed-off Notting Hill Gate Tube station.

Friday Morning!

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Friday morning links!

* Daddy, where do lies come from? The New York Times reports. Via Steve Benen.

* Never forget: xkcd remembers Oregon.

* Overthinking It on the transdimensionality of Fraggles.

* Conversing with Marginalised People for Dummies. (via MeFi)

* And Amanda Marcotte celebrates Mad Men and its interrogation of the consumerist origins of the American sense of self.

On Mad Men, the ad executives believe that they possess the power of illusion. In the series pilot, Don woos a client and potential lover by replying, when she states that she believes in love, “What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons.” Let’s hope Mad Men continues its brave path and goes into season three exploring the possibility that the ’60s youth culture was also created by ad executives looking to sell coffee and miniskirts.

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August 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Fraggle Rock: The Movie

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Too-long neglected Muppets the Fraggles are getting their own movie.

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May 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm

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By special request, Muppet Week presents the Fraggle Rock theme (in both English and Spanish). Fraggle Rock is in a number of ways the most interesting of all the Muppet TV shows, certainly in terms of what it does with ethnicity and race using size as its pretty transparent metaphor. Like so many people of my benighted generation, though, I hardly ever watched it, because it was on HBO at a time when my family didn’t even have cable.

Luckily, one of the primary uses of Netflix is the nostalgia mode. Also one of the primary uses of this blog, apparently.

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August 14, 2007 at 2:20 pm