Uncertainty looms over professional journalism

It’s not easy being a journalist. Sure, you may not be as physically taxed as a surveyor who spends his day walking a variety of rough terrain (I’ve done that), as monotonous as working on a production line in a factory (I’ve done that, too) or potentially hazardous as working the graveyard shift at a minimart (done it as well), but journalism has plenty of … Continue reading Uncertainty looms over professional journalism

Social media: Saying ‘I quit’ is an option, but unlikely

Like many people, I feel the overload when it comes to our modern information age. It’s a nonstop 24-7 ordeal with the news changing every minute and everyone from the leader of the free world to the goat farmer in Zimbabwe is able to weigh in on the day’s events. If you try to stay informed, it kind of feels like you’re going down a … Continue reading Social media: Saying ‘I quit’ is an option, but unlikely

Brainfood: Did ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ speak for 90s metalheads?

Who is old enough to remember Beavis and Butt-Head’s original run? Sure, more than one-fourth of us were not born then, but if you’re part of the English-speaking world, you’ve probably in the very least heard a passing reference to them at one time or another. But why were the animated delinquents such a hit? Ben Umanov, writing for Noisey thinks he knows why: Metal … Continue reading Brainfood: Did ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ speak for 90s metalheads?

Conspiracy peddlers add to victims’ suffering

October 2017 started off with tragedy as 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded when a shooter armed with rifles modified to shoot on full auto opened fire on a crowd of thousands at a country music festival. The shooter, unlike his victims, chose his time to go by shooting himself before he could be arrested. The usual debate over gun control … Continue reading Conspiracy peddlers add to victims’ suffering

On Columbus Day, facts and history don’t always agree

Next Monday is Columbus Day, at least in Arkansas and most other states. It’s not a day celebrated by everyone, particularly the descendants of the first nations who saw their populations decimated by the onslaught of Europeans that Columbus is given credit of opening the gate for. Five states do not recognize Columbus Day: Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont. Three of those states … Continue reading On Columbus Day, facts and history don’t always agree

Just molecules in the wind — Cassini-Huygens Mission ends

It seems September has been dominated by bad news. North America and the Caribbean were hit by multiple hurricanes, Mexico was racked by a pair of devastating earthquakes and the U.S. and North Korea seem to be playing a game of nuclear chicken. It’s easy to overlook other things during such a time, even things that will impact our lives much longer in the overall … Continue reading Just molecules in the wind — Cassini-Huygens Mission ends

Interview: Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson on female Viking’s skeleton

An interview by Science, the magazine for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson of Uppsala University in Sweden. The interview talks about what archaeologists can infer about the Viking woman whose body was found in a warrior’s grave and the double standards that crop up when female remains defy historical stereotypes. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/once-viking-warrior-was-revealed-be-woman-some-began-question-her-battle-bona-fides Continue reading Interview: Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson on female Viking’s skeleton

What is fascism anyway?

Over August, one word was thrust back into the spotlight: Fascist. Much of it had to do with the political-ideological violence we saw play out in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berkeley, California. But what the heck is fascism anyway? Well, if you ask people who put themselves on a right vs. left ideological spectrum, it’s either A) a “left wing” ideology because Hitler’s political party had … Continue reading What is fascism anyway?

Voyager mission: Forty years to forever

September 1, 2017 Man, August 2017 is not going to be remembered as a particularly good month for the U.S. We had ideological violence, a natural disaster and a political quagmire. Too bad it’s not like August 1977, when we had some great things kicking off. Now, I’m admittedly biased toward this month and year, considering I was born in them, but this is not … Continue reading Voyager mission: Forty years to forever