Why Catholics, specifically? They seem more likely than Evangelicals and fundies to have been taught about the allegorical and mythic nature of much of the Bible, and be at least a little less gullible. On the other hand, they did spend their childhood interacting with a giant, powerful, global organization of… » 7/20/14 4:08am Sunday 4:08am

I taught ESL exclusively in Eastern European countries where the languages had no articles. It was a somewhat weird experience having to invest time and though into the actual meanings and usage of such ubiquitous and seemingly simple words as "a" "an" and "the." » 7/20/14 6:43am Sunday 6:43am

Yeah, based on my experience (anecdotal, and also second-hand, as I myself am not a uterus-possessing person) it seems like a finer-grain study might be called for. I've had friends who've gained weight either through appetite adjustment or water retention as a result of the hormonal impact of different varieties of… » 7/12/14 8:39am 7/12/14 8:39am

I'd distinguish between Tartakovsky's style (old Clone Wars, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab, Samurai Jack, etc.) which is very overtly Modern in its sensibilities (drawing from Russian geometric minimalism/suprematism to Picasso), and Timm's (Batman: The Animated Series, Superman Adventures, Justice League), which… » 7/12/14 7:57am 7/12/14 7:57am

That's silly. Of course students should be learning to engage in independent inquiry and critical thinking processes, but they also should be introduced to the current state of scientific knowledge - otherwise, you're (literally, in some respects) asking them to re-invent the wheel. As Isaan Newton himself noted,… » 7/12/14 7:49am 7/12/14 7:49am

It's actually kind of a horrible point. Mario is Nintendo's mascot/icon, and has been making appearances in tertiary game properties for ages - from being the protagonist in NES Open Tournament Golf to being the referee in a cameo in Punch Out, this practice dates back to Nintendo's very beginning. And it's a practice… » 7/08/14 6:47am 7/08/14 6:47am

Grammar Nazis will take more issue with your cavalier apostrophe use than your question. Nouns, including proper nouns, can be used as adjectives ("history teacher" "race horse" "ticket office" "love story" "soccer ball" - technically these are called attributive nouns), and when proper nouns are used as such ("Lego… » 7/06/14 10:45pm 7/06/14 10:45pm

Ah another post by an unabashedly sexist whackjob who doesn't understand how criticism or the creative process works, presumes that this poster has taken the director hostage and is making demands, and apparently has so little faith in celebrated filmmakers that he thinks if they invested even a modicum of thought and… » 7/04/14 9:58pm 7/04/14 9:58pm

I would never say that Wright had an especially distinctive or strong style and vision in his films. He's very, very good at aping established styles and visions, which serve his parodies well, but I certainly don't find his films to be immediately recognizable or his work to be especially singular, especially… » 7/04/14 10:11am 7/04/14 10:11am

So the conservative policies (employed by both our center-right Democrats and far-right Republicans) our government has used in recent history to ratchet up military spending and strip away spending on education and other key social and infrastructural issues has finally come home to roost? They've accidentally gutted… » 7/01/14 8:42pm 7/01/14 8:42pm