Thursday, December 05, 2013
Social sciences was my cup of coffee in school, but math was okay -- liked geometrical proofs. Couldn't say "Pythagorean" Theorem though. Wonder Years' math babe Danica McKellar has a charming set of math books (showing it is a bit hard to explain math) meant for teenage girls. An interesting p.o.v. on subtracting negatives.
I have seen arguments that "college athletes should get paid" (and it's so wrong that they don't!) and my sentiments match this essay. Anyway, most college sports don't really make money. So, what some elite group will get special benefits, like some nobility?
One concern some have over the contraceptives question is that religion gets special favoritism. But, that's in the First Amendment and works both ways. Also, "religion" -- as I have noted in the past -- is widely defined, if with unclear borders. I have not read his tomes but one interesting example here is the "religion" of Leo Tolstoy.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
One seasonal event for me has been reading what the Supreme Court has decided regarding holiday displays -- we each have our eccentricities -- agreeing with Stevens on the ideal policy. It is not some earth shattering issue, but favoritism does raise some concerns.
Prof. Volokh is providing a useful series on this topic, putting aside some possible disputes on specifics. I provide my "two cents" via various comments. Some comments are just depressing, more so the ones firm in the crystal obviousness of their confusion. One doozy: comparing providing coverage with personally performing abortions.
This was an interesting HBO film about Lord Longford, a British reformer's efforts (as part of his general long campaign, in part motivated by his religious beliefs, to help prisoners) to help an infamous female serial killer. Turns out he is a bit too naive about her case, so mixed as assisting the redemption promotion effort. Good lead performances.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Offensively named team raced out of the gate for 14 points and then forgot how to score. The not playing like their name team came back, but made one mistake that made the score close enough for an end of the game scoring drive for the tie. Helped by confusion over down markers, a turnover clinched the game. 5-7 is not good, better after starting 0-6.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
The Jets have gone from win/lose to just lose -- another rather pathetic effort that is not just about who the QB is. The Viks tried to help the Bears win in OT with a joke field goal attempt, but won in the end (with time running low). Jags won again. Devil Pats found way to win. Falcons (now horrible) even had an upset. SNF match-up of losers; MNF of winners.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Voice of Harriet Taylor Mill takes an interesting approach to deal with this 19th Century feminist -- the first part is a faux diary to provide a sort of autobiography. Decent idea but seems to go too long. The rest covers various categories of her life and a chapter on her joint efforts with John Stuart Mill, including On Liberty. Meanwhile, an old copy of The Element of Style had some charm and The Prince was pretty readable ... for a skim.
Bucs/Jaguars won. Rams over Bears. Chiefs lose. Cards win, making some noise. Packs tie -- FG doesn't do it in OT and Viks hold serve ... eventually. Jets fail to beat mediocre team again but still in field of mediocrity for last slot. NYG come back only to give fans a shot at solar plexus at end. Denver has it's own screw fans moment. Ah football.
This Lifetime Xmas film about a woman who goes back to try to change a teenage regret was overall well done though the ending was a bit off. Nice touch about dial-up / AOL though it was mixed in with a bit of sitcom silliness. Well acted as a whole, Debby Ryan turns out to have but a cameo. Elizabeth Mitchell does a nice job as the mom.
Friday, November 22, 2013
I shall have my own "the President has been shot" moment -- hearing about the World Trade Center bombing. Given where I was, there was an old time feel -- heard the first reports on the radio. Didn't watch too much t.v. coverage. Being part of history is somewhat overrated.