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from Field Notes: Jabba idiota orangii

It is sometimes claimed that, as with Yeti or Bigfoot, there is but one Donald Jabba the Trump. Such cannot be the case, however, for how would such species persist across time? While Jabba idiota orangii is a monotypic taxon, … Continue reading

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A Dummies’-Style Guide to Becoming a Cult Leader

These guidelines will help people to recognize such scam artists when encountering them. Just about all cults include most or all of these elements. Make a Promise that gets at something people really want and don’t have, such as community, … Continue reading

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The President Defends Himself against Accusations of Being a Dog

On Vlad’s Agent Orange (Moscow’s Asset Governing America, MAGA) A suggestion for Family Guy episode in which the dog, Brian, assumes the name Donald, then runs for and is elected to the office of President of the United States. PRESIDENT: … Continue reading

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The Promise of Ed Tech

Ed tech companies are, of course, trying to take advantage of the pandemic to sell politicians and administrators on replacing teachers with educational technology. So, thought I would try my hand at writing some ad copy for these companies: Help … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Surviving Lockdown

Lockdown at home is hard for anyone. That’s why I’ve prepared these tips to make it gas. Paint a face on a basketball and have dinner with it. Join a deranged online community like QAnon. It’s full of people who … Continue reading

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A Star(ter) Is Born: Making Your Own Sourdough Starter from Scratch

All you need for bread is flour, water, salt, and yeast. You can do without the yeast by making your own sourdough starter from water and flour. Here’s how: Long before the ready availability of powdered yeast and baking powder … Continue reading

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Trumpian Rhapsody, with Apologies to the Late, Great Freddie Mercury

If Trump Sang Bohemian Rhapsody Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in my web of lies, There’s no escape from me.   Don’t open your eyes, Don’t doubt my lies. Please see. . . . Poor … Continue reading

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Combating Standardized Testing Derangement Syndrome (STDs) in the English Language Arts

The dirty secret of the standardized testing industry is the breathtakingly low quality of the tests themselves. I worked in the educational publishing industry at very high levels for more than twenty years. I have produced materials for all the … Continue reading

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A Moveable Feast

Art: Edited version of Turkey Vulture, Arizona 02.jpg, VJAnderson / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

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Anachronism, Historical Fakes, Cults, and Scriptures

An anachronism is something inappropriate to the time and place being described. A momentarily famous recent example is the Starbucks coffee cup accidentally left on a table in a scene from Game of Thrones. Here are a couple others: In … Continue reading

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