I think he probably knows, but he intentionally pretended that it meant something else in order to beat a straw man. I mean, the things he said weren't false or totally stupid in themselves ... they just had almost nothing to do with the concept of white privilege. » 8/27/14 6:33pm Wednesday 6:33pm

I would say Lord of the Rings has much greater staying power than Star Wars, because the source material is written, and thus doesn't age nearly as obviously as a something in a visual medium. The popularity of the recent film adaptations will certainly fade, but there can be new adaptations for new generations. … » 8/27/14 2:30pm Wednesday 2:30pm

I think your example of fairy tales actually proves why that type of categorical thinking is problematic. A lot of very diverse Medieval literature and poetry had "fairy" elements, even if it was not the type of thing that we now consider "fairy tales." If you want to understand the fairy tradition, you can't ignore… » 8/27/14 10:27am Wednesday 10:27am

That's not the argument at all. These products give you a false sense of security, giving you an unwarranted impression that you are safe if they have not activated. Just as bad, they can give false positives with alarming frequency, which could lead you to randomly accuse people of trying to drug you on completely… » 8/27/14 1:03pm Wednesday 1:03pm

Even when I spend a lot of time in the sun, I never hold a tan for long, so people used to give me a lot of grief for being pale. I distinctly remember when I was fifteen, a friend of my dad said, "You need to put down those books and go outside once in a while!" I promptly informed him, "I actually just got back… » 8/26/14 3:51pm 8/26/14 3:51pm

Her observations seem pretty reasonable. She's not saying that it is right for it to be that way; she's just describing the way it is. The juries are doing as they're instructed - only convicting if guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. And when the only witness and accuser is not reliable, because they were… » 8/26/14 1:00pm 8/26/14 1:00pm

People gain practical knowledge by having life experiences. I think most people can figure out how to do this stuff when they actually need to do it, especially with Google and YouTube. But if a survey just asks you if you know how to change a tire, and that's something that's never come up for you yet, why would… » 8/26/14 12:20pm 8/26/14 12:20pm

Yeah, I know D&D was inspired by the Hobbit; that's the point - that the filmmakers took their cues from the derivative thing rather than the original thing they're supposedly trying to adapt. Just like the Giver film looks and feels a lot more like Divergent than Lowry's Giver. » 8/23/14 8:41am 8/23/14 8:41am