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January 2011

Monday Miscellany

Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. To celebrate, employees at Sealed Air, which manufactures $4 billion of the stuff annually, + more

Cheap Pun

It’s been said that the politics in academia are so vicious because the stakes are so low. Case in point: + more

Nabokov Knows Butterflies

Turns out Vladimir Nabokov—author of Bend Sinister, Lolita, and Pale Fire, among others—was right all along when he hypothesized that + more

Our First Politics Post!

Like supreme court justice Antonin “The Hammer” Scalia, I skipped last night’s State of the Union speech. It’s not a + more

It’s a Thorny Issue

Descending into the bowels* of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture this afternoon, I happened to notice, hanging on + more

People Are Starting to Talk

The latest issue of PROOF! just got a little love from BUILDblog, so we’re giving a little right back. If + more

Happy Birthday, Mr. Vibraphonist

In honor of Gary Burton‘s birthday—which is this Sunday—I’m a-gonna treat you to a funky little blues number of his + more

Guess Ad Agencies Are Gonna Have to Get Creative Now

Bad news if you’re a celebrity pitchman: “Over the course of [the] last year…endorsements were largely ineffective and failed to + more

The Language Police Strike Again

The decline and fall of Western Civilization continues apace, courtesy of some weenies busybodies up north: The Dire Straits song + more

Scientists Create Army of Mutant Super-Chickens

Researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh have managed to engineer chickens that don’t transmit the avian influenza virus + more

Waste of Space

In my capacity as a professional writer and editor, I’ve learned that, for the most part, the rest of the + more

Welcome to Oregun

The Oregon Department of Education is allowing the use of spell check on the state’s required writing exam. Even more + more

Something Smells Funny

While he’s Spokane’s best-known fine artist, Harold Balazs’s finest contribution to society may very well be “Transcend the Bullshit,” his + more

Dick Winters, RIP

Major Dick Winters, commander of “Easy Company” of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st + more

Monday Miscellany

Over at More Intelligent Life, Anthony Gardner has some thoughts on “verbing”—that most deplorable of language trends. My theory is + more

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