Rule n: While you should be able to clearly tell the good guys from the bad guys, everything should be morally ambiguous. The bad guys believe they are holding a crumbling world together. They should be loving and compassionate to their family members, even as they torture Havenotians to death with Electrosporks. The… » 8/21/14 11:24am Today 11:24am

I sometimes like to tell my students the absolute worst test-taking strategy ever, one I actually employed in undergrad: For the first test, go in cold — no studying. If I pass it, great! That means I don't have to study for this class. If I fail, I could count on myself to make up for it in the long run. » 8/21/14 12:18am Today 12:18am

Inanity: Travel Daydreaming

I'm bored and vaguely depressed. I'm using the fact that I can't find a textbook I need as an excuse to not work on a syllabus and the fact that the baby is sleeping as an excuse to not was dishes, and instead I'm wasting my time on here and looking up vacation packages that I know I can't afford, such as a trip to… » 8/20/14 5:14pm Yesterday 5:14pm

He needed something soft and loud and sweet and proud

But tough enough to break a heart

Something beautiful and breakable that lights up in the dark

Poor Bilbo sat in the dark thinking of all the horrible names of all the giants and ogres he had ever heard told of in tales, but not one of them had done all these things.…

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