Sunday, July 27, 2014

Academic Dress

"I have to say there is no population that is worst dressed than academics. They are horrible. I actually work with people who—they weren't my faculty. When I was chairing the Fashion Department, I had–I won't say rules, but there were certainly expectations. But when I was in a larger academic community, I actually knew of fellow faculty members who wore pajamas. I mean can you—I mean literally pajamas with soccer balls on them and elephants and you name it.

I thought this is horrifying, horrifying. What does this - what message does this send to your students?"--Project Runway's Tim Gunn to Terry Gross on Fresh Air


A New Iron Dome

Israel Unveils New Defense System To Deflect Accusations Of Human Rights Violations

The Death Penalty

Very suspicious.

Not a Scientist?

Shutting It Down

Public Education



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Total Laverytory Posts to Date


When Did Lucas Become Clueless?

This afternoon I have been watching the excellent documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy.

In a segment about the design of Yoda (at the 1:42 mark), Lucas comments that if they had not gotten Yoda right--if he had come across as, say, a Kermit--the movie would have been a disaster.

So how, then, did Jar Jar Binks happen? Did he not realize the despised character would jeopardize not only Phantom Menace but Lucas's entire legacy?

First Look at Gal Gadot as Zack Snyder's Wonder Woman

Deaths in the "Illiad": An Infographic

See the whole thing here.


Buffy and Giles Unite

Crazy Cat Ladies Take Note

Bay's Nuts

Comic-Con Exclusive: Michael Bay Gives Fans Sneak Peek At Ninja Turtles’ Hyper-Realistic CGI Genitals


I am proud to say I get this joke. See p. 51 of Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait.

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

i09 has the list. Tip of the hat to Sara Hays.

Scientists: Rich People, Poor People May Have Shared Common Ancestor

Read it here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"The Graphic Canon"

One of our MA students (Cory Hudson) first called this to my attention, and I finally bought the whole amazing set.

Looks to be a masterwork.