Category Archives: Pop Culture

Not So Simple Explanation

I don’t have time at the moment to capture my thoughts about the response to Aaron Swartz’s suicide, but I’m offended by the popular simple-minded explanation for his death: the government was prosecuting him, he committed suicide, therefore the government … Continue reading

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Les Miz Parody

Kudos, COM students

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Sidewalk Sam

Few of AFC’s younger readers are likely to know of Sidewalk Sam, although they may have seen his work–colorful, faithful chalk reproductions of iconic and lesser known paintings on sidewalks and plazas around Boston. Sidewalk has been creating his public … Continue reading

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Fun Machine

“The Most Amazing Lego Contraption Ever“

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More Evidence

Speaking of differences between male and female performance in academia and the workplace, I have today’s anecdotal evidence. Six students visited my office hours this afternoon; five women, one man.

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Stuck in the Old Country

Hanna Rosin’s new book The End of Men–a shorter version of which I read in The Atlantic two years ago–theorizes why women are out-performing men in various economic and employment categories. A recent NYTimes column by David Brooks provides a … Continue reading

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“Go, Monkey, Go”

A 25-pound male macaque monkey has been living in and around Tampa, Florida since at least 2009, eluding capture by state wildlife officials. No pet macaques were reported missing around Tampa Bay — there wasn’t even anyone licensed to own one … Continue reading

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