Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DOOM, no surprise

Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Sorry for the unexpected hiatus.  I'm not dead, and I'll be back to regular posting shortly.  It seems, though, that in my absence others have been doing a good job of keeping the philosophy blogosphere amusing.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hot Pockets

While out at lunch today, I saw a commercial for Hot Pockets, the disgusting microwave pseudo-food that is the punch line of much of Jim Gaffigan's most famous comedy.  The commercial was interesting in that it included a comedian who, at the end of the commercial, sings the inane three-tone Hot Pockets jingle in a mocking manner reminiscent of Gaffigan. 

I got to thinking that surely somewhere on the Internet someone has coined a term for the phenomenon of co-opting, and thus blunting, a criticism of oneself by affirming that one has been in on the joke all along.  William Shatner is an expert, as he owes much of his post-Trek career to the tactic.  Is there a hip name for this move?  If not, someone invent one.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Looks Promising, But...

The APA has recently posted an update about the new JFP website, which is set to launch on October1.  The screen captures make the whole endeavor look very promising, and I'd like my skepticism to be proven misplaced, but... I'm nonetheless skeptical.  I'll believe it's not a total disaster once the thing is up and running continuously for more than a day.