Last year within the space of a month I successfully defended my dissertation, finished teaching one of the best classes of my career so far, and found out that every single one of my job prospects had fallen through after almost a year of applications, interviews, and on-campus visits. I was emotionally spent and… » 4/07/15 5:39pm 4/07/15 5:39pm

Just this week Cornell University sponsored "Cornell Giving Day," for which current students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to give to the University via an onslaught of e-mails. Apparently this effort raised almost seven million dollars. You can't make this up. » 3/29/15 1:18pm 3/29/15 1:18pm

There's also a really great, defensible fan theory that Pokemon—true to a long tradition of Japanese textual allegories for WWII—is basically all about a post-war generation, which is why there are so many absentee (presumed dead) fathers throughout the games. The war that Surge mentions is the most overt clue, but I… » 1/06/15 1:21pm 1/06/15 1:21pm

I was just about to say this. I stopped playing the card game with BW because it became clear that strategy and mechanics fell to the wayside, and all that began to matter was HP and attack-to-energy ratios... Which is exactly what the card game was like at its inception, when you could just Hitmonchan everything to… » 12/05/14 12:08pm 12/05/14 12:08pm

Wait, so is Crystal going to cover the entire manga or just up through what was adapted as either R? The pacing has been pretty speedy so far, but given that we're at episode 9 of a planned 26, I don't see them making it all the way through Sailor Stars. It would be a bummer if we didn't even get to the Outer Senshi. » 11/01/14 4:27pm 11/01/14 4:27pm