From Around the Net

From Around the Net

“The sad truth of the situation is that everyone loves to blame everyone else for failures in education (and in life it seems) while crediting themselves with any successes.”  So states Gary at Follow Your Bliss.   Gary looks at the blame game in both the classroom and national politics here.

The Rational Atheist over at Salient has put up a short article on the scandal and riots in Sudan that erupted after a foreign teacher allowed her class to name a teddy bear after the prophet Mohammad.  The article is here.

From Martin at Enigmania: “Ockham’s Razor is the principle that, when devising theories to explain stuff, theoretical entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily. It is used by some to justify atheism, and theism by others; but in fact it’s useless.”  The article is here.

At The Nature Writers of Texas, Ro Wauer looks at the history of the Christmas tree in Texas with a couple of surprises here.

Ordinary Girl celebrated her third wedding anniversary this week.  She writes about the adventures of her wedding day and her love for her husband here.  “We were unconventional. We both wore jeans (though mine were under my dress). It snowed and we were 30 minutes late getting to the courthouse. We saw a bad movie afterwards and were chased out into the cold by fire alarms and burning popcorn. It was perfect.”

In a compelling article, Eric, at The Primate Diaries, challenges the notion humans are naturally monogamous and posits instead they are naturally polyamorous here.

In 1937, Patricia Douglas was raped at a sordid MGM studio party.  She brought charges against her attacker, but was denied justice by the powerful corporation.  College Callgirl blogs about the events surrounding Douglas’s rape and trial here.   This is an extremely poignant story.

In an extremely brief article, Chas Clifton at the Southern Rockies Nature Blog raises a thoughtful question about how culture and the media influence our appreciation of nature here.

Have you noticed how difficult it can sometimes be to find bloggers on the net who do not share many of the same views as everyone else?  Joe Carter, at The Evangelical Outpost, believes he has discovered the cause of that seeming uniformity here.

“Why is skepticism primarily a male thing?”  Taner Edis, over at The Secular Outpost, raises the question here.

The trenchant Chanson, at Letters From A Broad, has just published her final installment of “Saturday’s Warrior”, a novella that forms part of a larger work, Exmormon.  It seems to me the novella realistically tackles the thinking and values of many fervently religious people when it comes to their own sexual behavior.  “Saturday’s Warrior” can be read in one sitting, and you can find the start of it here.

At Open Parachute, Ken takes a detailed look at religious diversity in New Zealand and concludes that despite claims to the contrary there are grounds for people of all faiths (and non-faiths) to cooperate.

What does Wikipedia tell us about human nature?  Read the thoughtful essay on that topic by Jacob here.  From the Reflections, Ideas, and Dreams blog.

Any ecologically sustainable economy must meet basic human needs for it to be viable.  But what are those human needs?  And how good of a job do our present economies do in meeting them?  Trinifar answers those questions and others in a remarkable post here.

Today, India faces the same problems with sanitation, human waste removal, and hygiene that the Western industrial nations faced just a few generations ago.  Put differently, how is the world’s largest democracy going to fund and build the toilets it’s people need?  Nita, at A Wide Angle View of India takes a realistic look at the current situation and India’s future prospects here.

A new Wal-Mart has opened up in Edmonton, Canada, and AOS, over at Andalusian Hound, finds its 200,000 square feet of shopping space chilling.  Read his article on the world’s largest retailer here.

Steve at Inane Ramblings has posted a sublime photo of hole in a wall.  That wouldn’t be too newsworthy, except for the fact Steve has the talent and skill to make a hole in a wall have exceptional emotional impact.  Check out the master here.

I believe it was Cafe Philos that revolutionized the study of erectile dysfunction (ED) by publishing our extraordinary finding that ED occurs only in males.  Or maybe not.  At any rate, Rambodoc, over at A Twist of Word and Mind, firmly lays out the facts about impotence here.

There’s a new musical out and Priyank is on top of it over at Final Transit.  The music is by Queen and it’s called “We Will Rock You”.  Read Priyank’s review here.

At Bazm-e-Tasavurat, Raatkiranii has a thoughtful post up here tracing the change in her ideas towards motherhood.

There must be a million stories on the net of someone’s pet cat.  Then, again, there’s Amuirin’s story of Farley.  I’m convinced Amuirin, over at Stop and Wander, could write engagingly about searching her phone book for the number of a pizza parlor and everyone who read her story would come away feeling exactly as she wanted them to feel about the experience.  Read her beautiful prose here.

Robin at Bountiful Healing has a completely outstanding photo of snow and mist in an old cemetery here.   In my opinion, hers is one of the best art and literary sites I’ve come across on the net.

At Ms Ti’s Thoughts, Ms Ti writes about a new method for projecting sounds that has applications in both the military and advertising.  It’s probably going to catch on, so you might want to stay ahead of the new technology by reading her post here.

10 thoughts on “From Around the Net”

  1. Awww, thank you, Paul.

    I really enjoy these posts as they lead me to new places, new thoughts, and new people.

    By the way, I saw the original London version of We Will Rock You at the Dominion and it was, as the Brits say, FAB.


  2. Aw, Paul.

    You know, I look over just one week of your blog reads and realize that 1. I’m intellectually lazy and 2. I have no desire to change that.

    Have been loving your highlights at Follow Your Bliss though, thanks for that find. Aos! Robin! You do have marvelous taste, it must be said.


  3. @ Amuirin: Is it intellectual laziness or just taste? I think it’s just taste, and there’s surely nothing wrong with that!

    @ Priyank: You’re very welcome! Thank you for a great article!

    @ Chas: Yeah, it is funny. Some days, I make a point of NOT checking my visitor logs — and it always feels like I’m missing something when I do that.


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