History · Nonfiction

Review: Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan and William Trollinger

As we discussed at length last month, I watched the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye/creationism vs. science debate of 2014 with great interest, and I’m still very interested in the subject. I also have a degree in public history and museum studies. I have no intention of visiting the Creation Museum, but I’ve been very…… Continue reading Review: Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan and William Trollinger

Nonfiction

A Reader on Evolution

I mentioned in my last post that I wasn’t taught anything about evolution in school. I was homeschooled, and on the whole I’m very grateful for it. I was mostly self-directed, got a much deeper education than I could’ve expected at an Alabama public school, had much more control over my social life, and transitioned…… Continue reading A Reader on Evolution

Nonfiction

Two Books on Octopuses

Listen, octopuses are amazing. Come across any reference to them and you’ll be amazed, but even with all the things we know, they’ve been unconscionably understudied and we still don’t understand how they do most of the things they do. This is partly because their consciousness has evolved completely separately from our own, from the…… Continue reading Two Books on Octopuses

Nonfiction

Feminist Friday Review: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

(I’ve decided to transform the “Is This Feminist?” series into a series of Feminist Friday Reviews. I think framing the question the old way was limiting the books I could meaningfully review. Welcome to the new version!) I’ve read a lot of books on sexuality, but Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform…… Continue reading Feminist Friday Review: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

Children's & Middle Grade · History · Sci-Fi

Review: Airman by Eoin Colfer

I never thought Eoin Colfer would be able to match the greatness of the Artemis Fowl series. I’d read one or two of his simpler books before Artemis and didn’t think they were that special, to be honest. But I just finished listening to Airman as an audiobook and y’all… it may be even better. In the…… Continue reading Review: Airman by Eoin Colfer

Nonfiction

Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

This month’s Comparative Geeks post is in conversation with two friends on a topic I’ve been contemplating for some time: how emotions are portrayed on Star Trek. That post is mostly focused on how Data and Spock represent types of human neurodivergence, not a complete absence of emotion or a state of repression that needs release. We…… Continue reading Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Classics Club)

I’ve decided to start a Classics Club list! You can read more about the challenge and see my list of titles here, but the short version is that I’ll be posting on a classic book about once a month. These probably won’t be reviews in my usual style, because that’s not so helpful with a…… Continue reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Classics Club)

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Bartow History Museum and Tellus Science Museum

Several weeks ago, I made a special trip to Cartersville, Georgia, to visit the Bartow History Museum and the Tellus Science Museum. (Cartersville also contains the very large Booth Western Art Museum, which unfortunately I couldn’t fit into my day trip, but some other time!) Bartow History Museum A local history museum for Bartow County.…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Bartow History Museum and Tellus Science Museum

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Island of Terror (Film Preservation Blogathon)

The idea of the the Film Preservation Blogathon is to raise money for preserving films! Here are the details from originator Ferdy on Films: Our film is Cupid in Quarantine (1918), a one-reel Strand Comedy that tells the story of a young couple conspiring to stay together by staging a smallpox outbreak. The amount we’re…… Continue reading Island of Terror (Film Preservation Blogathon)

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · TV & Movies

Tinker Bell Answers: The Basis of Our Protagonist’s Identity

“what is the basis for our protagonist’s identity? in the movie tinkerbell” “basis of a protagonist’s identity in tinkerbell” “tinkerbell protagonist” “tinkerbell engineer” Something tells me there’s a homework question going around about the basis of Tinker Bell’s identity! Well, I’m not doing your homework for you, but I do think this is a really…… Continue reading Tinker Bell Answers: The Basis of Our Protagonist’s Identity