Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Seductive Temptations of Meritocracy

I am very tired of people holding up meritocracy as the standard toward which a society should strive.  Pretty much every Republican extols its merits and even Obama’s speeches endorse it obliquely with emphasis on equal opportunity and income mobility as … Continue reading

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Macromorality is Hard

By macromorality I of course mean what is moral for society as a whole.  I think most people have a fairly well honed moral compass when it comes to personal interactions, but as with so many things we have a … Continue reading

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The Many Facets of Chocolate Ice Cream

Lately I have been fascinated by homemade ice cream.  It is remarkably easy to put out a product superior to commercial products at a fraction of the price.  Also I have found that I am turning into something of a … Continue reading

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Blackguards Review

Blackguards has two things going for it: Turn-based RPG combat and hexes.  Even with computers to do all the dirty work of freeform movement, I still hold a dear place in my heart for hexes.  Unfortunately, while these two features … Continue reading

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More Things I Hate in Gaming

Zombies – Jesus, so many zombie games (and movies!).  What is the fascination here?  The archetypical zombie is a boring enemy useful only as fodder to be smashed to bits and make the player feel powerful.  Of course developers realize … Continue reading

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Disturbing Trends in Gaming

This is my opportunity to be old and crotchety about the current state of video games. First up: MOBAs.  The name is meaningless (nearly every multiplayer game would qualify as a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and sounds stupid.  The genre seems … Continue reading

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Exercise for Health and Physique, Not Weight Loss

Another myth that seems to have gripped the popular consciousness is that exercise is the key to weight loss.  In no uncertain terms: THIS IS WRONG. I bring this up because well-educated colleagues in the Physics department have made this … Continue reading

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