Clearly this is a problem that needs solved by ... Eminent Domain! Have the government seize the properties nearest these narrow streets (and pay for them), but then raze the buildings and then widen the streets, add some turn-around spots, maybe a watering post, and since fire is such a horrible concern, maybe even a… » 11/22/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

I like your post, and I have some personal experience I can relate that might reveal another facet of the conundrum. When I was a college kid, I really liked REM. Then they hit it big (right around the Stand era). They actually came to play in my town! So naturally I went to see them. And Michael Stipe was a dick! He… » 11/20/14 9:26pm Thursday 9:26pm

I often think I am an okay dad, but there is room for improvement. However, recently my wife had to travel and was away for three weeks. It was FIFTEEN days before my child said, "Where's Mommy?" Yeah, I am pretty full of myself about that, but smart enough not to share that tidbit with the spouse. » 11/17/14 11:02am Monday 11:02am

As the parent of a mixed race child, I wonder what coping mechanisms he will develop when "purists" insult him, knowingly or un-. The cynic in me says there is no (or very little room) because racial identity has become highly politicized. You're not "really" Chinese, or white, or whatever because you don't think "the… » 11/12/14 2:44pm 11/12/14 2:44pm

Isn't this example (and 99% of all the others I have seen crawl across my social media pages) an example of poorly-trained government employees? Shouldn't this be a clarion call for better education and training for the the people supposedly running our country? The author had what they needed, but was thwarted not by… » 11/06/14 9:44pm 11/06/14 9:44pm

Anecdotally, I suspect a lot of libertarians are like a lot of atheists and a lot of anarchists: they recognize there is a problem with the "norm," but lack the cognitive power to develop a solution. Much like the masses of followers of the popular conventions (i.e., democrats/republicans), many simply parrot the… » 10/15/14 8:04am 10/15/14 8:04am

I'm at an age now where if I had followed a traditional academic career track and made an awesome discovery, potentially I could be in the running for a Nobel prize. Realistically, I'm probably still a decade too young (if I had followed that traditional career path). I say that, because way back long ago when I was… » 10/11/14 7:31am 10/11/14 7:31am

Mild nit-picking: Family Ties was not 'saccharine'. Sure, all shows of that time period had a general formula, but the tension between parents and child about political views was pretty new at that point (even if it was sometimes just played for laughs). The Cosby show had its sugary episodes, but was smart tv. I will… » 10/09/14 6:49am 10/09/14 6:49am

It is a lost cause. I say this as one of the prime movers at my university of developing and measuring scientific literacy. Through serendipity, I ended up drafting the initial rubric for scientific literacy at my institution, and SL is something I am very passionate about, as most people I meet have little… » 9/20/14 8:21am 9/20/14 8:21am

I'm just going to vent for a minute, so feel free to ignore this mini-rant. In my decades of role-playing, I have amassed some $10,000-odd (face value) worth of various Dungeons and Dragons stuff. None of it is 4e (maybe a pdf from when my group gave it a try but mercifully ditched it a few sessions later). Most of my… » 9/11/14 10:56pm 9/11/14 10:56pm

Killing Rage - Fraudulent "Scientist"

A colleague of mine recently shared this surprisingly detailed story of academic fraud wherein the perpetrator has breached so many ethical standards that I think he should be stood against a wall and shot. On the surface, it seems to be a run-of-the-mill falsification of credentials scheme, but it gets much worse. » 9/11/14 9:24am 9/11/14 9:24am

I once made a very good friend in a very unlikely way. I was at a party and I joined a small group of people discussing art or something, and it was quickly devolving into a massive ball of pretentious twaddle. So I turned and walked away to find a better conversation. A few weeks later, I met one of the guys from… » 9/08/14 8:59am 9/08/14 8:59am