Connected

Almost 400 years ago, John Donne penned his famous line about no man being an island, and that sentiment has never been truer.  Think about all the available ways to be connected today: phone systems, broadcast media, social networks (both physical and virtual), the internet in general.  Human beings are tangled up in a web […]

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Bumpy Flight

The holidays are rolling around again, and the time is fast approaching to book your flight home.  But this year you're ahead of the curve.  You've combed all the travel sites, checked your fare alerts, sold some plasma, and pulled the trigger on that window seat you've had your eye on since mid-August.  Well done. […]

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Golden Gatekeepers

In the mid-1970s, the University of California, Berkeley, found itself in some hot legal water over graduate school admissions.  It turns out that the university accepted almost 2.5 times as many men as women to its graduate programs in the fall of 1973, which led to some accusations of gender discrimination.  Actually, it wasn't just […]

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Gobbler's Dilemma

This year, Toys "R" Us is opening its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Not to be outdone, Kmart will open at 6 a.m., and will remain open for 41 hours straight. And Macy's, for the first time in its 150+ year history, recently announced that it too would jump on the bandwagon and open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

While many consumers have decried this commercial encroachment into the holiday, millions of Americans will still bargain hunt on Thanksgiving. After all, if there weren't any demand for Thanksgiving shopping, stores wouldn't bother opening, right? So is this slippery shopping slope the result of corporate greed, or our own desire for deep discounts?

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Frame Rate

Nowadays, people carry powerful video cameras around with them everywhere they go.  Cell phones make it easy to capture video footage, and sites like YouTube make it possible for anyone to showcase their creativity behind the camera.  But just as holding a paintbrush won't automatically turn you into the next Picasso, there's a pretty large […]

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Pyramid of Sleaza

Mankind's love affair with the pyramid has endured for thousands of years.  From the ancient architecture of Egypt to the creepy-yet-fascinating Japanese watermelon industry, the pyramid is a shape that is recognized all over the world. Yes, this is a real thing. Our adoration of this geometric figure should not be unconditional, however, as not […]

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Pandemic

Vampires are near and dear to our hearts around here.  But not too near.  On second thought, stay away from our hearts.  At any rate, vampires have come to loom large in the popular consciousness over the past few years --- books, comics, movies --- they're everywhere.  That said, nobody has ever managed to catch […]

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Need for Speed

Though it can be exhilarating, barreling down the highway with your foot on the gas is rarely the wisest course of action.  At high speeds you're more likely to get into an accident or receive a ticket.  Vin Diesel movies notwithstanding, driving recklessly at high speeds isn't a good idea. In real life, nothing good […]

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Ice Cubed

There are few things more refreshing than a cold drink on a hot day.  But that coolness won't last forever; eventually thermodynamics rears its ugly head, warming our drinks and ruining our enjoyment.  It is an unfortunate fact that cold things in warm places don't stay warm for long. To remedy this, everyone knows you […]

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Sofa Away from Me

Ever go shopping for a new TV?  Ever buy a TV, get it home, realize it's too big, and been mad you spent that money for nothing?  Ever rearrange the living room furniture, sit down because you want your MTV, and think, "Oh no!  It's so far away from me!"?  The correct relationship between size-of-television […]

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