Archives for May, 2012

How about a burger with that McPaper?

Thirty years ago, it wasn’t hard to understand why readers began to flock to USA Today. It was in color. It featured graphics. The stories were short. There was this Al Neuharth-dictated emphasis on USA. Mainstream media made fun. Called it McPaper. Of course, McDonalds hasn’t done badly the past 30 years. But USA Today? […]

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Honoring our Veterans

AARP has a nice video feature on Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit organization dating back to 1995. Members bring attention to soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Annually on Memorial Day weekend, Veterans and non-veterans gather together in Washington, D.C., to ride through the city to remember and to remind. All the […]

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Memories of MacDougal Street in the Village

There are songs Rod MacDonald sings — “Every Living Thing,” “The Aliens Came In Business Suits,” and especially “American Jerusalem” — that resonate more in my memory, but this song, “Big Money,” from Rod’s latest CD, “Song of Freedom,” has a fun (and very political) YouTube video along with it. I go back a long […]

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‘My Time Is Now’

Nike knows how to do advertising, as you can see with its new Euro Cup epic commercial featuring the biggest names in soccer: Franck Ribéry, Wesley Sneijder, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Mario Gotze, Gerard Pique, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo. And all in 3 minutes. The ad features a match between the Netherlands and France, but […]

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How email works

You write, you press send, it shows up in someone’s inbox. Email. Simple, right/write? Pretty much, but here’s a little more about how email works if you’re interested.

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It really isn’t all that difficult

What is journalism? These first graders know. Thanks to the PBS “NewsHour” and April Brown.

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The first Bond ‘Skyfall’ trailer

This is for my oldest son, Adam, a big James Bond fan (OK, so I am, too). We’re both looking forward to the new Daniel Craig Bond movie, “Skyfall,” this fall. This is the trailer.

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The view from Planet Money

I don’t look at the NPR website as often as I should. Here are just a few recent stories and info graphics that help make sense of our lives and world: 50 years of government spending What America buys What America sells to the world What America does for work All four come from NPR’s […]

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The essence of science

Here’s how the world works in a nutshell: guess, compute, compare, experiment. This thanks to a lecture by Cornell physics professor Richard Feynman in 1964.

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Help me out with this one

From Gizmodo, this is a science video about fluid dynamics phenomena called “Compressed Experiments,” created by Kim Pimmel and set to the “Katamari Damacy Theme.” I have no idea what it is, what it means, or what the music is all about. But I think I’m going to play it at the start of my […]

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Studying Torts, part II

The John Tortorella press conference is fast becoming an art form in how not to deal with the press.

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‘Away with you stupid asses and fools!’

Talk about a scratchy guy, Martin Luther takes the cake. Luther became so disgruntled with the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church that he nailed his earth-shaking 95 Theses to the door of a German Church in 1517, ultimately resulting in the Protestant Reformation. If not for the advent of printing press in […]

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.