Pop Culture

humor, Humor Theory, Pop Culture

‘Tosh Rape Jokes v. World’


(Please note: this post is informed largely by Tom Veatch’s theory of humor, if you care to read it.) So I guess Daniel Tosh made a rape joke or something? Let me explain something: Comedy is, perversely, the only thing I have ever been able to take seriously, ever since I saw Roseanne Barr’s HBO special when

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comedy, Pop Culture

No One Else Is Freaking Out About Louie?


You know, I’ve got a lot of post drafts kicking around. I know I should post more regularly. But part of why I’m not is because I’m trying to figure out what the next version of this blog looks like. The range of things I like to talk about – tech, comedy, gender, history, education,

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comedy, Pop Culture

Lizz Winstead and Amy Heckerling!


It’s been kind of a tough week here – badgering clients,  debating MOOCs, wanting to throw bricks at policymakers…the usual. But I don’t want to ignore the moments when life is pretty awesome. Particularly since I’m devoted to advertising that no, there is no real conflict between having fun and having an intellect, no matter

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comedy, Education, humor, learning, Pop Culture, students, Teaching

People Doing It Right, Part 4


It’s been a while since I’ve talked about people doing things right. (For those of you just joining me, I occasionally try to “stay positive” by highlighting awesome things. Particularly, awesome things that succeed in getting average folks interested in various learn-y topics.  I reserve the right to be extremely picky, so you haven’t missed

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academia, Dionysium, Education, lifestyle, Pop Culture, Starting Over, transition

A Day in The Good Life


“The Good Life” is a popular title for ancient philosophy courses. For the Greeks, a good day involved a combination of doing something useful for your city and having some leisure time to philosophize. And being rich, or course, because otherwise you’d be, you know, working hard to pay the bills. So, for us middle-class moderns,

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