Category Archives: Fun

Breaking the Rules

Hasbro is promoting a new “House Rules” version of Monopoly. Reading the New York Times coverage, I have come to realize that my family apparently never played the game by the rules: According to the official rules, largely unchanged since … Continue reading

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conversati​on overheard while ordering lunch at a food truck

Food truck guy: Hey, man, are you Russian? Russian guy: Yes, I’m from Russia. Food truck guy: Oh, I’ve always wanted to visit Russia. But now it looks like we might be enemies again, so who knows. Russian guy: Yeah, … Continue reading

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Religion Miscellanea

1) Megyn Kelly needs to (1) have a talk with her parents that she should have had a long time ago, (2) read some history books, (3) talk to some Christians from different racial/ethnic backgrounds, (4)visit the Middle East to … Continue reading

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Mariano Rivera Is The Pope Francis Of Sports

I’ve been saying for awhile that as a Sox fan, I hate the Yankees, but there’s a bunch of guys on the Yankees that I think are the best– Jeter, Rivera, formerly Torre. But I didn’t know the half of … Continue reading

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Emptying The Desk Drawer

No time to write something coherent, so, a few things that come to mind. The challenge of rational argumentation is to bring discussions from the realm of the plausible to the actual. The historical origins of a movement– am thinking … Continue reading

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Sherut

One of many “revelations” from my recent Israel trip was the convenience and efficiency of Tel Aviv’s shared taxi (“Sherut”) system. The Sherut are vans with seating for about 8-10 individuals. They follow the same routes as the much larger … Continue reading

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Harder Than It Looks

Just to have them all in one place, here are the three trailers for imagined Rob Schneider movies from South Park:

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The Mankoff Mix

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff picks 11 of his favorite cartoons ever to appear in the magazine. Disputing taste is a tricky thing, obviously– I’m not sure that his chosen Bruce Eric Kaplan cartoon would make my top 11 … Continue reading

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Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice

The ending of Trading Places, perhaps Eddie Murphy’s greatest comedy, has always confused me a bit.  It involves an elaborate scam to manipulate commodities trading to punish the bad guys and reward the good guys.  NPR’s Planet Money team has … Continue reading

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RE v. NGB, game 1

In honor of our two teams playing tonight, I’d like to offer some admiration for a true Patriot and one of RE’s beloved Bruins: “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property … Continue reading

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Guardian Archives Free Searchable Online

… all the way back to the 1820s. Here’s Sartre on André Gide in 1951; here’s a British perspective on slavery during the Civil War, from April 19, 1862: ALMOST every other day you see amongst the petitions presented to Congress … Continue reading

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And on the Seventh Day, God Had Second Thoughts…

Bill Nye the Science Guy made the mistake of talking about reality to a group of Texans who didn’t want to hear about it: As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces … Continue reading

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But notably, nothing about cats

Another reason to get a dog: The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: Owning a dog may protect you from heart disease. The unusual message was contained in a scientific statement published on Thursday by … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rhapsody In Blue

This improvisation seems more of a riff than a mashup: The imaginative, ragtime-feeling reworking of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the highlight, to me, rather than the combination of the two songs. More mashups by pianist Scott Bradlee here.

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Remembering Reagan Misremembering

Oliver Sachs, writing in the New York Review of Books about the persistence of false memories, intermingles examples from his own life experience with those of public figures: Daniel Schacter has written extensively on distortions of memory and the “source … Continue reading

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What Is Going On

Here’s something that was rattling around the internet like eight years ago: I like this one, too, also from Married to the Sea.

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Two of My Favorite Things

Hockey and the Muppets, together at last: The Rangers are off to an 0-2 start in this strike-shortened season.  Hopefully they’ll get their act together soon.

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Happy Mossmas

Eight years ago today was one of my favorite moments in football history. NSFW. Context below.

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