Easily marked upon and easily erased, chalkboards and their slick, white successors have been a focal point in the classroom for generations. Focused on the “right” or “wrong” of the blackboard, many children (and adults) have made the slow, trepidatious walk to the front of the classroom to take  the chalk from their teacher. In […]

Lady of the Month Portrait of the Month Team of the Month Speakology “[Star Wars] Stormtroopers don’t know anything about lasers. They’re blue-collar workers.” -Arnau, Safety Not Guaranteed, 2012

The recent legislation in Colorado and Washington, which permits adults to carry and use small amounts of marijuana, has brought the American “War on Drugs” to a confusing place. In Mexico, where drug-linked violence constantly disrupts life for Mexicans, President Felipe Calderon states that this allowance by the American government restricts their “moral authority” to demand […]

This talk is like stamping new coins. They pile up, while the real work is done outside by someone digging in the ground. -Rumi, Trans. Coleman Barks Lights go out all over the world, but the vision of what was illuminated remains on the retinas and in the mind. Then there are those that illuminate, […]

For those that are familiar with the text, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 A Study in Scarlet is perhaps best known for its introduction of the character of Sherlock Holmes. A persona that has become synonymous with detection and logic, Sherlock Holmes is seminal and positively implacable – a reality that later lead Conan Doyle […]

Lady of the Month Portrait of the Month Team of the Month Speakology If I were the emperor Of a deserted island It would be nice. -Sōseki

If oxen and lions had hands and were able to draw with their hands and do the same things as men, horses would draw the shapes of gods to look like horses and oxen to look like oxen, and each would make the gods’ bodies have the same shape as they themselves had. -Xenophanes A […]