America is a Choice

It’s been two years since I woke up to a country I didn’t recognize, and I’ve spent a lot of time wrestling with what that means.  I suspect that won’t be ending any time soon. Over the course of this administration, my social media feeds have been peppered with reactions to outrages that were virtually [...]

The best thing about The Last Jedi

I finally got to see The Last Jedi (after two previous failed attempts, both amazingly sold out afternoon shows, a month after the premier).  I liked it a lot.  My personal rankings of the "main" Star Wars movies is now something like The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars (A New Hope) The Force Awakens The Last Jedi [...]

The power of the dark side

[amazon_link asins='0785192557,0785192565,0785199772,0785199780,0785197893' template='ProductCarousel' store='gilroy0-20' marketplace='US' link_id='0a4327d5-eb7a-11e7-a142-c169eec473c4'] No, this is not a political post.  🙂 I absolutely tore through the omnibus Kindle editions of the Darth Vader comic (one of several in the rebooted Marvel line).  I guess it really paid off for Amazon to make Volume 1 free to Prime members because it hooked me fast.  I [...]

Facetious blueprint

An AI researcher (Kai-Fu Lee) has written an article ("A Blueprint for Coexistence with Artificial Intelligence") that fails at its own goal, spectacularly.  He assures us we need not end up in the dystopias so common in movies and literature.  And I wanted to his assurances to be convincing, because I happen to feel the [...]

Looking for hive mind help on a course

Actually, on two courses.  The school I'm at (Newark Academy) ends the year with a nine-day "June Term", wherein students take one class for six hours a day.  June Term classes are supposed to be experiential and rigorous, and maybe a bit weird.  All teachers are supposed to suggest courses; I made three idea proposals and [...]

I woke up to a country I didn’t recognize

I am stunned.  Although I spent the last week cautioning people from assuming a Clinton victory, although I told myself it’s never over until the ballots are cast, I realize now that I never actually entertained the possibility of a Trump victory.  I had too much faith in the basic decency of the American people, [...]

In which Dinesh D’Souza proves he doesn’t know the difference between past tense and present tense.

(written in response to an insipid Facebook post by the -- thankfully -- inimitable Dinesh D'Souza, showing the idiotic comic copied above) "Is" is not the same as "was".   But, hey, what would you expect from a hack?   I think it's actually hilarious that defenders of the modern GOP think they can win [...]