Washington Post R...

This column from Kenneth Woodward does a nice job of demonstrating the fine line that Catholic universities need to straddle: on one hand, Notre Dame is an esteemed institute of higher learning, encouraging concientious debate and fostering understanding of world issues.  On the other, they...

Findings – Ove...

Findings – Oversaving, a Burden for Our Times – NYTimes.com. Is it really so bad that people think about their future?  The article ends on this note: When you’re on your deathbed, how much time will you spend wistfully thinking, “If only I’d bought the smaller plasma TV. . . .”?...

BBC NEWS | Special R...

Does thinking this is a stupid idea make me a critic?  I suppose, but I think there are more productive things we could do to fight climate change. Who are you protesting against?  Governments?  1) In most cases, YOU are the government…have we forgotten how Democracies work?  2) How...

The Demise of Print&...

Keen posted about death of the American newspaper today.  What he had to say about is less relevant than what it got me thinking about– I tried to think though what it would be like if the Journal-Sentinel here in Milwaukee were to go under.  What would happen to daily news, and how...

Learning to Talk

There is a piece today on the Wired How-To Wiki about making small talk, i.e., how it is done. I don’t know if forgetting how to interact with others verbally is a creeping social problem related to our immersion in online, written (or at least, non-personal) communication forms, or if...

Podcast #9: The Inde...

This week, Kyle and I tried out a new format– three topics, five minutes each.  The result is a relatively concise and compact show that hits on these topics: Andrew Keen wrote a piece a couple weeks ago about what the folks studying the humanities at universities need to do to stay...