Dear colleagues,I am home today, recuperating from a minor medical procedure. I just received an email that we are naming our college office after the sitting chancellor. This is the first I've heard of it, and our consultation committee,...Show More Summary
Children in China, Japan, and Korea may have a head start in learning mathematics because they enter school already understanding the base-ten number system. Here's why. read more
By special guest blogger Maestro Político I’ve seen a lot of fretting around the NYC scene that Bill de Blasio is going to be a disappointment as a mayor. I think many New Yorkers simply have PBSD (Post Bloomberg Stress Disease) — where the mere word “mayor” conjured up images of awkward Spanglish, 16 oz. Show More Summary
Today's horror food is... the Cthucken. The chef: and wife Jennifer Robledo "wanted to do something unique for Christmas dinner with friends of ours. Jenny is a big fan of Cthulhu so we went and bought some crab legs and...
I've spent countless pages on this blog railing against value-added measurement, which as far as I can tell have nothing whatsoever to do with objective reality. That point of view is shared by many people for whom I have great respect, most notably Diane Ravitch. Show More Summary
Here's a fun satire of contemporary news media, from a Gothic angle: how media outlets report on the end of the world. Zombies, asteroids, etc all play roles. For example, the Washington Post's Wonkblog: (thanks to the Burnett)
I was pretty surprised last summer when Gotham Schools managed to cover Moskowitz rallies at least three times while ignoring a UFT press conference to stop Bloomberg from imposing his destructive policies on his predecessor. When I confronted them about it, they gave me a line about giving their people days off. Show More Summary
I was pretty surprised to read that, in the United States, if you're rich and you kill four people you suffer from "affluenza" and aren't guilty. After all, if you have the handicap of growing up with all that money, how are you to know...Show More Summary
Wired has a fascinating piece on 19th-century handheld animation devices. Naturally, some of them turned to scary images. Devices represented here are zoetrope and phenakistoscope, most likely. (thanks to Greg Scranton on Facebook)
Sure it's barbaric to keep young children in padded cells. It's clearly a cruel way to treat a child, and it's very tough to see how that is not an abject violation of Chancellor's Regulations against corporal punishment and abuse. Of course, rules are for the little people. Show More Summary
Pro-reading propaganda, Infocult style: (thanks to Jason Wagoner on Facebook)
Here's a fascinating reversal of haunted digital technologies. Instead of fearing the machine, we turned to it for relief in a bad situation, only to find it was only a myth. It's about ATM machines, and what seemed to be...
Hello New York. It's me, your old pal John King. I've just returned from an invigorating evening with the good folks at NYC. Now lots of people suggested that we were afraid to come here, but it was no problem whatsoever. After one nasty...Show More Summary
Happened to look in on a blog for a course on Philosophy and Pop Culture at TRU. Saw a post that I thought was remarkable for a couple reasons. A student had just posted some fresh reflections, though the course was over. He wrote: “I know that I no longer need to create new posts, […]
I teach out in a trailer the first two periods of my day. Specifically, I teach from 7:45 to 8:30, and from 8:35 to 9:23. But I have the same class. During first period today, it really started coming down. My students were fascinated. Show More Summary
Cold War Gothic: images of an abandoned Soviet missile base near St. Petersburg. (thanks to Peter Naegele)
Here's a list of ten haunted libraries. Members of the Infocult swarm know that all libraries are haunted, of course. (via the awesome Hate:Wreck:Peril Tumblr)
Infocult reviews John Marks' Fangland, a Dracula-inspired novel. Cross-posted from Goodreads. What a strange, ambitious, and frustrating book. Fangland is a retelling of Dracula in the present, with the twist of adding a tv news show as the novel's focal...
The British clown meme continues to grow, as British police are forced to deny this story: The Haslingden Neighbourhood Policing Team have been made aware of a rumour circulating in the area regarding several people in Haslingden being dressed up...
io9 has a nice feature on human remains in European religious architecture, with the nice title"These Buildings Are Made with Skulls and Bones". (thanks to James Caruso on Facebook)