Thoughts on education, politics, philosophy, or whatever else tickles my neurons

  • Donald Trump and Kompromat

    TL;DR: There is none. Putin isn’t holding some terrible secret over Trump’s head to get him to dance to the Russian’s tune. It’s far far worse than that.

  • Thought on AP and transparency

    I’m an AP teacher and have been my entire career, and I think the program can add tremendous value. But the entrenched resistance to transparency makes the College Board look extremely sketchy. They like to make sweeping statements about data-driven policy making — but then tell you that the actual data is proprietary and private.…

  • Facebook “protecting” the Interwebs

    I’ve had a surreal experience with Facebook today, specifically, Facebook moderation. I made up a funny meme (well, at least I think it’s funny): and posted it to Facebook. (Yes, I really really dislike Star Trek: First Contact). Within minutes, I received a notice:  In case the image gets lost, the note says “It looks…

  • The Story of America

    {rescued from the drafts folder, many many years late.} [I just noticed that this is the first I’ve written since the night of Trump’s victory in the election.  There’s something in that.] A few days ago I came across an article (I’ve since lost the link  😐 ) saying that the Left will continue losing…

  • Back on the Interwebs!

    A screwup in migration to a new SQL database went awry in April and frakked this site. (I’m sure you all noticed the disturbance in the Force.) It took until today for me to have the time to resolve it, but now it is and I think I was able to restore the backup. So…

  • BLG’s Top Reads of 2022

  • Review: Altered Carbon

    {Ed. note: Another thing languishing in my Drafts for multiple years.  Maybe I thought I’d be expanding it?  Clearly I won’t, so here it is.} I’ve finished all of (season one?) of Altered Carbon, and have reached the conclusion that it is decidedly … adequate. It’s so-so cyberpunk and so-so noir, desperately trying to be…

  • My manifesto

    {Editor’s note: This has been sitting in my Drafts since early 2017 but seems as appropriate now.} You want an ACTUAL political revolution? You want to take back our democracy or “make America great again”? Then here are the vitally important but unsexy changes you should be advocating: * minimal obstacles to voting * true,…

  • Doctor Who Season 9 Episode 10: Face the Raven

    Spoilers abound, so if you, like me, are watching this over a year late {ed. note: now more like seven years}, be warned.

  • Family Values

    {Editor’s note: Whoof, this is an oldie that’s just sat in my Drafts for — seven(!) years, for no good reason.} As predictable as the rising of the Sun, a figure on the right has assailed same-sex marriage equality as an “assault on families”.  I am so tired of this.  You know what undermines families?…

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