As it turns out, I'm a horrible libertarian: I'm allowing my kids to take New York State's standardized tests. The first of these, the English Language Arts, are being administered this week, and the math version will follow in a few weeks, after spring break.
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.
A couple days ago, Terry Teachout wrote a column in the Wall Street Journaldenouncing the praise given to Elmore Leonard as a "great American artist" and an increased critical attention on "pop" art to the detriment of "high" art.
A couple weeks ago, film and TV critic Inkoo Kang published a thought-provoking article over at Vultureblaming 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.
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:
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.
Two years ago today Michael S. Hart – the founder of Project Gutenberg – died. I wrote this remembrance a few days after his death for another website, but it never got published. I am putting it here now, with a few updates.
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.