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Nice, but who cares? The confluence of Chaucer, Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club

Chaucer

For the past couple of months I've been auditing Dr. Corey Olsen's class on Chaucer's non-Canterbury Tale works at Mythgard. I've fallen a bit behind due to deadlines related to another project, which unfortunately means I've missed the discussion about Troilus & Creseyde — the main reason I wanted to audit the class.

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Shutdown showdown

Yellowstone Park Closed – Courtesy bmills @ flickr

Andrew Cohen over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians argued earlier this week that the partial U.S. government shutdown is immoral on libertarian grounds. Cohen's opening analogy is confusingly opaque, but if you can get past the first paragraph, he does bring up some interesting points. 

First, Cohen avers that even though the government does a lot of things libertarians dislike, the shutdown won't actually stop many of them. 

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The Truthers are out there – and always were

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A couple weeks ago, film and TV critic Inkoo Kang published a thought-provoking article over at Vulture blaming Fox Mulder for a perceived rise of anti-government, anti-science sentiments in the new millennium. The key, Kang says, is the coolness behind Mulder's "anti-government paranoia ... and skepticism of science." Furthermore, Kang sees Scully's knowledge of science as effectively being impotent to Mulder's own quixoticism.

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Mythgard Webathon on Hobbit Day

Image by Cory Godbey

A week from today, on Sunday, Sept. 22 — on Hobbit Day, the shared birthday of the two most famousest of Bagginses — I will be participating in the first-ever Mythgard Institute student-produced webathon. The event will run from elevenses to elevenses (EST) and will feature a variety of original live and prerecorded content created by Mythgardians from across the world, including:

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A terrifying excuse

Earlier today, I was debating whether to write a post about 9/11 or whether to leave that to the many others who are already writing, talking and remembering about that day. Instead, I was going to write about something more mundane, a personal goal reached. 

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Tonight, on a very special episode of Kat & Curt's TV Re-View...

Hey, so remember that podcast I've been hosting for like three months now with fellow blogger and Mythgardian Katherine Sas? The one where we get together each week and geek out about...er, I mean have deep intellectual discussions about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who?

Well, if you don't remember it, consider yourself informed.

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