Category Archives: culture

we come to the land of the ice and snow

Recently, my younger daughter Ally got the notion that she’d like to visit Iceland, so her grandmother (who is also a travel bug) gave her air- and hotel fare for a combined Christmas/birthday present, and off we went during the … Continue reading

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impressions of paris

It’s (finally) spring time, and that makes me think of Paris, which my wife, my daughters, and my folks and I visited a few years ago.  Paris was someplace I had imagined for many years; it almost took on a … Continue reading

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finally, some good news out of dc…

…Washington DC, that is, which will, in a few years, be home to a sci-fi museum.   Fans of Captain Kirk and Captain Nemo unite: A new science-fiction museum coming to Washington, D.C.   Its creators announced plans for the museum, which … Continue reading

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learning from “tropes vs. women”

I swear, I’m forever behind the curve on pop culture things.  I only realized how awesome Led Zeppelin was after they’d broken up.  I only saw maybe one or two episodes each of Cheers, Friends, and Seinfeld.  I started watching … Continue reading

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thug notes: a new take on old books

(hat tip to Mary Robinette Kowal)   When I was in high school and college, I sometimes found it difficult to appreciate certain classics.  Great Expectations did nothing for me; likewise for Crime and Punishment.  Sometimes, it was just the … Continue reading

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whose culture is it, anyway?

So Selena Gomez, whom I’m familiar with thanks to my younger daughter, has honked off some people by wearing bindi during a performance at the latest MTV movie awards.  The comments quoted in the article basically say that Gomez, as … Continue reading

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