Monday, May 24, 2010

The Quine-Duhem Thesis and Certainty

On September 23, 1846, the planet Neptune was discovered. But the person who discovered it, Alexis Bouvard, died on June 7 1843.

More accurately, Bouvard discovered the absence of the planet Uranus (don't worry, I'm not going to make any puns).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Enigmatic Iron Man

In a shocking turn of events Iron Man 2 is a good movie! In another shocking turn of events, its not as good as the first movie! The fact that the second turn of events is shocking is because usually the second movie in a superhero franchise is the best. But why is it shocking that it's good? Well, that's the real question isn't it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Really, Tina Fey!?!

It's a well known fact that there are only two universal truths: Saturday Night Live isn't funny anymore and the Greeks have a habit of taking to the streets that puts all other countries to shame. Well, last weekend those two universal truths collided.

Frankly, all Americans should take inspiration from the general strike in Greece last week. But SNL alum Tina Fey disagrees.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Why Anathem Sucks

This review contains spoilers near the end. I will include a second spoiler warning right before they start.

There seems to be an unwritten law among mathematicians that we must all be head over heels in love with Neal Stephenson and in particular his 2008 novel Anathem. Having read the novel I find I am left with no option but to become an unwritten outlaw.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's a Black President, Huey Freeman

I just watched the season premiere of The Boondocks, entitled "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman", and it was awesome!

You can view the episode here, at least until May 18.

It's about everybody's obsessions with Barack Obama during and immediately after the election and how he hasn't really delivered. And it's done as a mockumentary, going back to the election and inauguration, up to the present day.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Truly Outstanding Albums: Step Outside, by the Oyster Band

The first track on the Oyster Band's album "Step Outside" is a rock version of the traditional English May Day carol "Hal-an-Tow". That's May Day in the sense of Morris dancing and maypoles, not International Workers' Day. The lyrics are all about getting up early to welcome in the summer but, the way they play it, it's a fist-pumping rock anthem.

The fourth track is an original number called "Ashes to Ashes", which is seething with working class rage. It's also a great fist-pumping anthem, albeit one driven by fiddle and melodeon.

So if you're trying to celebrate May Day, but you're not sure which one you want to celebrate, just play this album and celebrate them both.