We recently did a post about a new study which indicates that 1/4 of Americans do not know whether the Sun revolves around the Earth or the Earth revolves around the Sun. You can read that article here. Naturally, everyone started the blame game. And who did everyone think was to blame? Teachers.
People were arguing over whether we should blame the teachers who are liberal brainwashers or the teachers who are anti-science conservatives. So I thought I would weigh in.
I was educated in New York, and I currently teach at the University of Southern Mississippi. My life has been divided between two states that are polar opposites, and you know what this taught me? That there really aren’t that many differences between the two States.
Before you launch into a big tirade about how Mississippi is full of crazy Christians, or New Yorkers are a bunch of socialists who have no morals, please read on: Continue reading →
*Note: My organization does not “buy likes” on Facebook. We do not buy ads on Facebook. We have never been paid to publish any content.
People seem to be under the false impression that quality posts will be seen on Facebook. You’ve only to look to Business Insider to see individuals who support this mentality. Koby Conrad recently contacted Business Insider about his website and how he successfully uses Facebook to promote it. According to the article, Conrad asserts that, “all the people whining about Facebook killing their brand pages are just managing them in the wrong ways.” Conrad continues by outlining the “right way” to manage one’s business.
Conrad claims that, although he buys “likes” in order to see his Facebook traffic increase, you do not need to buy ads in order to see your Facebook traffic increase. Wait. What? What does that even mean, “he buys ‘likes’” ? And if you don’t need to buy “likes” to see your Facebook traffic increase, why are you? I mean, are you just trying to help the struggling company or…okay, you know what. Let’s just move on.
The aforementioned contradiction aside, Conrad continues by asserting that, “A lot of people have been posting sub-par content for a long time. Going forwards into 2014, I think social media is going to see a very strong push for better content. It will no longer be just the ‘share if you hate cancer’ posts or the pages that are 24/7 infomercials, we will be able to start to see more real, relevant content in our news feeds.”
Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Individuals who invest time and energy into their posts being rewarded for their hard effort and engaging content? That, my friends, is a world that I’d love to live in. However, this is not the world that I know, and that is certainly not the Facebook that I know. Not even a little bit. So. I decided to head over to Conrad’s page to see what this “better content” looks like. Continue reading →
Okay, so I blacked out the name of the organization I write for. This may seem a tad strange, as I have mentioned the organization elsewhere on this little blog. Thus, it’s not like I will be overly successful at keeping it a secret by blacking it out here. So. Why did I bother blacking it out? Probably because I am a tad silly…also, if by some random turn of events, someone posts this image elsewhere, I didn’t want it to look like I was trying to pander the organization or anything–like I staged this whole thing just to make the organization look cool/nifty/whatever.
As a little introduction to what you are about to see…
In my continuing quest to recycle various materials into art, I attempted to make a bottle cap robot. I stumbled across the robot pictured here on pinterest. I managed to find the artist’s website, and I spent some time browsing around the gallery. It looked easy enough.
Essentially, you take a bunch of bottle caps and glue them together. How hard could it be? Apparently, very hard. Why? For starters, you don’t glue anything together. You drill holes and use wires to connect the caps (but more on that later).
*Editors note: I essentially just went through the original article and substituted “stop getting wasted” with “stop being born.” The result was mildly horrifying (as you will see, which was kind of the whole point).
Slate magazine recently ran an article titled, “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk.” The facebook tag line on this illuminating piece is, “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell College Women to Stop Getting So Wasted.” However, this advice is false and misleading. In reality, the best way to prevent rape is to tell women that they should avoid being born.
Being born is closely associated with being raped. In fact, studies indicate that 100% of sexual assault victims were born at some point during their life. The danger of being born female is made palpable by the harrowing rape trials that are broadcast across the country. In case after case, and because of the careful scrutiny by the defense attorney, we watch as each woman is forced to admit that, yes, prior to her rape, she was born. Yet, we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing this. Continue reading →
I usually think that these memes are absurdly lame, but this quote is far too awesome to keep to myself. Fantastic, isn’t it?
However, I’d hate to post it without some sort of commentary. So. For those of you who may not know, “feminists” are not people who think that women are better than men, and despite what some may claim, feminism is not a “socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Although upending democracy and heralding a new age of matriarchal vengeance would be simply fantastical, that’s not what feminists are about. Simply put, feminism is about equality, and feminists believe that men and women should be given access to the same opportunities.
Now then, ask yourself, “do I think that men and women should be treated equally?” Did you answer “yes” to that question? If so, congratulations, you are a feminist.
Here, you can purchase bifold and trifold duct tape wallets. Each wallet was handmade by me. To make a purchase, simply click on the “buy now” button. When the popup opens, you will see a box marked “description.” Here, just … Continue reading →
I love Sherlock Holmes. If you haven’t read the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, you need to read them. If you haven’t seen the new BBC series, Sherlock, you need to watch it. Seriously. Benedict Cumberbatch is awesome, and who doesn’t love Martin Freeman? (if you don’t love him, we are no longer friends). Since I teach English Literature, I have a rather sizable book collection. From time to time, I end up with duplicates. Sometimes I donate the duplicates to libraries, sometimes I sell them, and sometimes I make art. Case in point: