It’s hard not to notice the recent resurgence of superheroes–Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Avengers…But why are they reappearing? Part of the reason is that people my age are having kids and want to relive their childhoods. A recent Economist article also cited “the decline of religion in a more secular world” as a reason for the popularity of modern “mythmaking.” In other words, superheroes and the … Continue reading

2,200 miles. 6 states. 1 cat and a grabber.

My wife said I should blog again. She’s probably right. Actually, she’s always right. At least that’s what I tell her to keep her off my back. Remember the pears? Anyway, here we go. I thought about blogging about being a PhD student but quickly realized that was too boring. In fact, yawn, I can barely stay awake for it myself. Then I thought I … Continue reading 2,200 miles. 6 states. 1 cat and a grabber.

Who’s carrying who?

Yesterday I stumbled across a passage I’ve read several times, but I noticed something I’d never noticed before. It started off the way I remember: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. Bel and Nebo are the names of two gods of Babylon, a powerful nation that conquered the known world, including Israel and Judah–God’s chosen people. Babylon seemed … Continue reading Who’s carrying who?

Don’t fear, it’s organic

For those who live overseas, it’s wise to come back to your country of origin every now and again just to stay current on what to be afraid of. A few years ago it was aspartame, commonly found in diet sodas. Thankfully, that didn’t apply to me. I only drink sodas with 100% natural high fructose corn syrup. (One has to have standards.) I remember when … Continue reading Don’t fear, it’s organic

A bucket list for college students

For those of you who are late-comers to the concept of a “bucket list” (like me), it’s a list of things you want to do, see and/or accomplish before you die (a.k.a. “kick the bucket”). Bucket lists are usually self-centered: travel the world, go bungee jumping, meet Paris Hilton, etc. I would like to submit to you a “bucket list for college students”–things to do … Continue reading A bucket list for college students