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I’ve been awol for a bit, and I’ll get back at it again real soon. But things like this make me cower at the thought of blogging about anything of importance.


Today’s FoPKK contribution comes from Melvin Peña, aka @kittenry on Twitter, who first captured my cold, post-academic heart when he expressed his appreciation for “Thesis Hatement” with a be-Tweeted reference to the greatest movie of all time (“I didn’t have to read it, Dottie. I lived it.”)

If you want to know what academia is really like, there are two groups of people whose stories you should listen to–who also just happen to be the exact groups of people whose stories the academic establishment want to disappear. The two Untouchables of Academia are as follows: Untouchable Group 1: Adjuncts. Untouchable Group 2: People who do not complete the doctorate.

The single most dishearterning thing about academic socialization is that in many programs (although I hear whispers that this is beginning to change?) PhD students are prepared solely for the career of a tenure-track professor, one they have…

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Friday Links (9/21/12)

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Friday Links, Uncategorized

Goodbye, summer.  😦


Not surprising. And it’s nearly impossible to avoid eating this crap because it is in so many things:

Monsanto’s Roundup And Roundup-Resistant Corn Found To Be Toxic In Rats” – Michael Kelley (Business Insider, 9/19/12)

“The first animal feeding trial studying the lifetime effects of exposure to Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and Monsanto’s NK603 Roundup-resistant genetically modified corn found that exposure levels currently considered safe can cause tumors, multiple organ damage and premature death in rats.”

Related: Anna Ghosh at The Food and Water Watch Blog (via Common Dreams)reports on the push to label foods w/ GMO ingredient and big Ag’s well-funded (in part thanks to taxpayer subsidies) counter-attack: Who’s Deceiving Whom?” (9/2o/12).


“Creationists are about to have even more scientific data to ignore,” writes Prachi Gupta in this brief Salon article on a recent experiment where scientists actually watched E. coli develop mutations that allowed for the digestion of previously-indigestible citrate:

In experiment, scientists watched evolution happen: Researchers have documented a step-by-step guide to how organisms evolve – Prachi Gupta (Salon, 9/20/12)


Friday Links (9/7/12)

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Friday Links, Uncategorized

It’s been a hectic week for me.  I’ve pretty much had to fully neglect blogging, reading friends’ blogs, social media, perusing dumb (and smart) shit online, and everything else internet-related.  I have, however, maintained something resembling my normal reading schedule, including newsy stuff.  So, here are a few interesting, frightening, and/or amusing things worth a look.

“Maryland politician out of line for attacking Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of gay marriage” – Dan Wetzl (Yahoo Sports, 9/6/12)

I don’t usually read, much less post, a lot of sports news, but this one was too good to pass up, especially since Wetzl does a nice job of rebuking the offending party idiot politician.  Per the article, a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates by the name of Emmett C. Burns Jr. went out of his way to attack Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo over the latter’s public support of same-sex marriage.  In a letter to the team, Burns wrote:

“I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Raven Football player . . . Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.”

Besides once again proving that the GOP has no monopoly on hating gays and civil rights, and proving that politicians don’t give a rat’s ass about (or really understand) free speech, what is really laughable is that last phrase (in the added bold).  Think about it: the NFL is “strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement” . . . .


Claim of Romney taxes theft a puzzling whodunit(AP, 9/6/12)

Assuming it’s not a hoax, the purported theft of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax returns has all the trappings of a high-tech whodunit: a politically themed burglary, a $1 million demand in hard-to-trace Internet currency, password-protected data and a threat to reveal everything in three more weeks. But can it be believed?

The Secret Service and FBI were investigating the case Thursday after someone claimed to have burglarized a PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting office in Franklin, Tenn., and stolen two decades’ worth of Romney’s tax returns.

There’s a lot to look at here: monetary vs political motivation, the probability of this being a hoax (anyone with knowledge of legit hacking incidents (I know, right?) is privy to the fact that most hackers prove they had access immediately), and the like.  What might be most interesting to me is the attention this is drawing to bitcoin from mainstream sources and audiences.  No doubt a moral panic over anonymous currency and a legislative effort to ban it will follow.



Posted: June 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

I had no idea about the existence of this throwback poster for Prometheus. So good.