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Below are links to our most visited articles. Are they better than other articles? I don't know. Is "Walk on the Wild Side" better than, say, "I'm Waiting for My Man" or "Perfect Day"—neither of which are on Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed? The answer to that one is easy: no. But I have found that our best material does tend to be that which is most popular. So there you go: do, do-do, do-do, do, do-do!

Everything Interesting for Everyone Interesting
In grad school, I had—we all had—the most boring professor on the planet: Dr. Greene (the extra 'e' did not help). He taught the graduate seminar in theoretical mechanics, and through this course was the derision of almost all the physics student body. "If he were slightly less irrelevan...
80% of All Statistics
Many years ago, I was introduced to the snarky statistic that 80% of drivers believe they are above average. This annoyed me from the start. Initially, I thought it was just another useless statistic; its snarky meaning had to be explained to me, "You see—idiot—only 50% of drivers can be...
About to Read Don Quixote
Gentle reader: you already know that this article on Don Quixote—the product of my eccentric intellect—is intended to be the greatest article I could possibly write. Unfortunately, it will probably suck; but I urge you onward nonetheless. The problem is not me, you see, but Miguel de Cer...
Indian Rope Trip Part I
Peter Lamont has written a fun little book called The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick. If you know this magic trick, you will get the punning title; if you are like me, you won't know quite how you feel about that. If you don't know the trick, let me explain. A magician—but one with a turban, n...
Miller's Crossing
Many people miss the point of Miller's Crossing; what's more, they don't judge it on its own terms. It is widely known that the Coen brothers were inspired to make this movie by the works of Dashiell Hammett. But their inspiration does not matter in the least; it only tells us where they started, no...
Enunciating my Thoughts About Annunciate
Earlier this evening, I sent out some email that contained the following sentence, "Paul Krugman wrote a column that I think is really insightful and enunciates a lot of the frustration that I feel about the Obama administration." But before I did, I spent a half-hour fretting over whether to use th...
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
According to my favorite online dictionary, a koan is "a paradox to be meditated upon that is used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to force them into gaining sudden intuitive enlightenment." And the most famous koan is, "What is the sound of one hand clappin...
Madame Tutli-Putli
Madame Tutli-Putli is a 2006 Canadian animated short by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, which was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award. It is exquisite—both in animation and in content. There seems to be much confusion about its meaning. But first, we need context. I don't want to say a lo...
Amongst Us, Among Them
Based upon the title of this article, regular readers of this site will most likely think that I am here to kill off "amongst." Or maybe "among" if I am in one of those moods. But both assumptions are wrong. I think there is good reason to keep both words around—the same reason that we keep "a...
Kory Stamper Lightens Hair!
For those of you soulless masses who lead unimaginably boring lives, I will explain that Kory Stamper is an editor at Merriam-Webster. I have a terrible crush on her as well as her two colleagues at the dictionary company: Associate Editor Emily Brewster and Editor-At-Large Peter Sokolowski. How do ...
Anthony Weiner Pronounces Name Wrong
When Anthony Weiner spoke at Congressional Correspondents' Dinner, I thought he was very funny. This is especially true when he spoke about living with his last name. It is at the beginning of this 12 minute talk (which is worth watching in full): Weiner is wrong about how his name ought to be pr...
Cleverbot Not So Clever
I was listening to a Radio Lab episode called Talking to Machines. They mentioned that there are things called "ChatBots" that are used on social networking sites. They are so good that people often have online relationships with these programs for months without realizing that they aren't talking t...
Republican BS
I was at the Sonoma County Fair today. In the main pavilion, was a booth for the Sonoma County Republican Party. They had a prominent sign that consisted for the acronym RINO inside a circle with a line through it: No "Republicans In Name Only." This was shocking. One expects the teabaggers to promo...
Just Philately
When I was a physics undergrad, I was part of a clique of the best physics students—or so we thought. Along with Ken Chopin and Nancy Kunnari, I looked down on students from all the other disciplines as well as all the other physics students—at least the ones who didn't take all the uppe...
Justin Bieber and the End of Western Culture
As I noted previously, Justin Bieber's Baby ft. Ludacris is the most watched video on YouTube with over 630 million views—200 million views more than the next most watched video, Lady Gaga's Bad Romance, which I will come back to shortly. The thing is, I really had no idea who Justin Bieber ...
I Guess We'll Have to Come Up with Some Other Way to Survive an Anaconda Attack
The following supposedly comes from a Peace Corps manual, but if it does, we are in serious trouble. Do not run. The snake is faster than you are. Lie flat on the ground, put your arms tight against your sides and your legs tight against each other. Tuck your chin in. The snake will being to nudge...
Don't Pick it Up!
Many years ago, a friend told me that Bill Gates makes so much money that if he saw a $100 bill, it would not be worth his time to pick it up. Most of us are not in this category, but still struggle with whether we should pick up smaller value currency, like the penny. My mother always picked up pen...
The Meaning of Marlene on the Wall
Suzanne Vega's Marlene on the Wall was one of the great pop songs of my youth, but its meaning was always murky to me. Over the weekend, I happened to hear the song again. For the first time, its meaning became clear. It is well known that the Marlene that is on the wall in this song is a picture (...
A Tale of Two Constanzes
Milos Forman's filmed version of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus was a huge hit. According to Box Office Mojo it made over $51 million in the United States alone, and this is just the money it made during its theatrical release. You can imagine the kind of money it made worldwide and via tape and disc ...
Innumeracy in Rocky
The original Rocky is a great film. You probably find that strange because I'm such a pretentious arty kind of pedant. But that's the whole point. You see, Rocky is not a boxing movie. The film has little to do with boxing. It is about a man who finally takes charge of his life. And this, perhaps mo...
Mitt Romney: No We Can't!
This is taken from The Daily Show. Romney said, "[Obama] raised the national debt; I will cut, cap, and balance the budget. He passed Obamacare; I will repeal Obamacare. He lost our triple-A credit rating; I will restore our triple-A credit rating." Jon Stewart continued, "He killed Osama Bin Laden;...
Big Hollywood Dicks
Samuel L. Jackson has been on the cover of Ebony Magazine many times. But last week's cover really annoyed me. This isn't so much because of this particular cover. It is how often I see men (and women to a lesser extent) on the covers of magazines chomping on a big fat cigar. If it were only that ci...
Moe's Waiting for THE Man
This article discusses my love of the Velvet Underground and Moe Tucker's recent turn to conservative politics. It has brought in a lot of really angry people who shout at me because I'm being mean or a liberal or both. Here's your chance!
The 500 Plays of Lope We Have Not Read
While reading Melveena McKendrick's Cervantes, I became really interested in Lope de Vega, the great playwright of the turn of the 17th century. I had already been intrigued by this towering figure of Spanish drama, because of what Gray Taylor had written about how our focus on Shakespeare blinds us...
Conservative Rock?!
Back in 2006, National Review published Rockin’ the Right, a list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs ever, by John J. Miller (hereafter National Review or "they"). Like Christian Rock, Conservative Rock strikes me as an oxymoron. And even National Review agrees with me, starting the article,...
Mr. Smith and the Republican Myth
I really don't like Frank Capra. This is strange, because he directed one of my very favorite films: It Happened One Night. Even though I am a total softy and I love films that have a nice, gooey center, I find it hard to take Capra's sentimental style. Add to that, Jimmy Stewart—an actor who ...
May Day Reading
On this May Day, it seems like a good time to talked about a great American tradition: socialism. I've never thought that much about socialism, because I learned in an introductory course in economics that pretty much every country on earth is a mixed economy: part socialist and part capitalist. And...
The Agony and Ecstasy of Mathilde
Scott Walker is a fine musician, with interesting ideas and a great voice. And yet, when I listen to this great Jacques Brel song, I can't help but think of it as I do Pat Boone performing Blueberry Hill: As opposed to Fats Domino. Here is Jacques Brel, debuting the original song, Mathilde: Can...
Ezra Klein Gets "Serious"
Ezra Klein has an interesting article about the jobs plans of Obama and Romney. But as usual, he is maddeningly "even handed" in a case that is not even. He claims that each have four main items. First, he gives Romney's: Expand domestic energy productionTrade agreements with Latin AmericaTrade pol...
Reagan 2.0 in 2016!
I've read a lot today about Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan for the VP spot on his ticket. The best was Paul Krugman referring to them as Gekko and Galt: the "greed is good" character from Wall Street and the demigod from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. But overall, nothing I read sounded correct. To me,...
Free Will
I just read Sam Harris' Free Will. There was nothing new in it for me. I have already worked all this stuff out for myself. But it was nice to see the argument laid out so well. For those of you who don't spend all your time fretting about such issues, it goes like this: all of your choices are neur...