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Entries from August 2006

How Many Generations of Imbeciles Is Enough?

August 2nd, 2006 · 9 Comments

American Scientist reports that the Flynn Effect—the steady increase in IQ scores from one generation to the next—has leveled off and is beginning to reverse. (Presumably this bodes ill for the thesis of Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You, which leaned heavily on the Flynn Effect to support the argument that video games […]

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Richard Wagner vs. Fatboy Slim

August 2nd, 2006 · Comments Off on Richard Wagner vs. Fatboy Slim

Via Boing Boing, I see that the Canadiian Broadcast Corporation is soliciting mash-ups and remixes of “The Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre, the second opera of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Which is actually weirdly appropriate, since the Ring Cycle itself is basically a massive arrangement of remixes and mash-ups. For the Ring operas, […]

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Why Do You Think They Call It DOPA?

August 1st, 2006 · Comments Off on Why Do You Think They Call It DOPA?

Last week, the House passed the Deleting Online Predators Act, a bill requiring public schools to block chat rooms and social networking sites (which Dave Weigel blogged about earlier this month). However much a symptom of moral panic this is, it’s probably not a complete disaster in itself if kids can’t log in to MySpace […]

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August 1st, 2006 · Comments Off on Immortality!

As Che Guevara has taught us so well, there’s no surer sign that one is destined to be remembered through the ages than being immortalized on a T-shirt. Ex-extraordinaire Jarah Euston ascends to the pantheon via the official T-shirt of this year’s BlogHer conference, at which she spoke. Well done J… but where’s the beret?

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