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Remembering Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury died yesterday at the age of 91. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury was a prolific writer and a tireless advocate for libraries. My favorite work of his is the short story The Veldt, which both scared and inspired me as a kid — that story was one of [...]

The Missing Links: How Are These Legal Again?

If You’ve Been Hoping To Clone Ronald Reagan, You Might Find This Helpful This seems, as the article says, rather craven. * Memes: Collect the Whole Set These meme trading cards are pretty nifty * Today I Learned On Reddit’s Today I Learned: Someone Wanted to Drop Nukes Into A Volcano “I believe that explosives dropped down their throats may cause such [...]

Tea Time Links: Pampering the Stressed-Out Kindergarten Set

The Complex Mathematical Calculations Behind Matchmaking Websites Are Less Than Perfect Scientific American took up the cause of finding what goes wrong when people are matched up. * That Old Write-a-Book-and-Bury-it-for-Discovery-by-a-Mogul Ploy Is the Oldest Trick in the Book Kathy Hepinstall wrote a book that she wants Oprah to read. So she buried it on a mountain and took [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “We Stopped Dreaming”

Ready to get fired up about America’s space program? Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson drop some knowledge on the history of NASA and current spending priorities. Here’s a brief quote: “We go to the moon. Space enthusiasts say, ‘Oh, we’re on the moon in ’69, we’ll be on Mars in another ten years.’ [...]

At the Libraries: Panem Geography

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Here are two great links for everyone who’s excited about The Hunger Games movie. First, a possible rendering of Panem. I live in either the wilderness [...]

Colbert’s Super PAC Surpasses $1 Million

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert is busy highlighting the absurdities of our political election system by participating in it. He is no longer a candidate for president, so he has retaken control of his legally-obtained Super PAC (political Action Committee). He filed a report just after midnight this morning with the Federal Election Commission on the [...]

Lectures for a New Year: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Pluto

Neil deGrasse Tyson is ridiculously distinguished: the man holds at least fourteen honorary doctorates, not to mention his real doctorate in astrophysics. He was also declared “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by Time Magazine in 2000. But he’s most (in)famous for leading the charge to demote Pluto from its planet status to a “dwarf [...]

Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson

In this eighty-four-minute video, Stephen Colbert (not doing his Colbert Report character) chats with Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s an intelligent, fun, and wide-ranging discussion, touching on science, history, and personal experiences of science. The most adorable parts: Colbert consults his phone for notes; and Tyson admits that the night sky reminds him [...]

Stephen Colbert’s "PAC Is More Than a Gag"

You may be aware that comedian Stephen Colbert has formed his own political action committee in order to mock the system. Now however some people are taking him very seriously. The Colbert Super PAC may be a stunt, but it has the imprimatur of the Federal Elections Commission: “Mr. Colbert may establish and operate the committee. [...]

Reliving the All Too Brief Run of The Dana Carvey Show

“If we were doing it just so that we could be written about on GQ.com years later, then we completely succeeded. I think our goal at the time was to stay on the air—so I think we f***ed up.” —Robert Smigel Some of the most brilliant, hilarious and innovative comedic television shows of all-time are also [...]