Archive for April, 2010

Fighter Anderson Silva is so avant-garde

April 12, 2010

Allow me to connect the dots between two seemingly unrelated phenomena — this weekend’s successful title defense of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the avant-garde in art.

Silva, as readers of this blog probably don’t know, is the most dominant fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts today. 11-0 in the UFC, he is a highly effective counter striker, meaning he punches or kicks his opponents when they try to attack him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Am I the Matt Taibbi of science journalism? Asked and answered.

April 5, 2010

Last night I vomited in my mom’s driveway. As the partly digested mashed potatoes, cabbage and corned beef passed my lips, little did I realize I would soon be struck with the urge to restart this blog, which, when I look back at it, was a fucking awesome blog.

In January I started a blog called Working Dogma over at True/Slant, the blogger network featuring Matt Taibbi. In a cheap ploy for kudos, I wrote a self-congratulatory post about science as “a resource for inspiring myself and others to get off our asses and create a better world.” Ugh, right? As usual, I didn’t think very far ahead. The only subjects I have any expertise in are the universe and myself (or what I like to call the Minkelsphere). A blog about world-changing science is gonna require one hell of a lot of research and reporting on the front end. In other words, I was setting myself up to fail.

It’s time to get back to my roots. I am about bullshit — mine, yours and anyone else’s who’s vying for our eyeballs.

I am about oversharing, sticking my foot in my mouth, backpedaling like a spineless jerk, and then loathing myself for not standing my ground.

So, without further ado, let the fun re-commence.*

*Edited for posterity’s sake. (See, the fun has started already!)