Culture

A collection of 22 posts

Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The first time you read anything by Tolkien, it's like listening to English and Finish mixed together. I understood about half of what he was saying. If you've seen the Lord of the Rings movies, try starting with the last chapter of The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

What, exactly, did the Navy encounter over 15 years ago off the Southern California coast, when fighter pilots spotted a UFO? These men were there, too⁠—and it’s time they tell their side of the story.

Penguin Post Office is Hiring!

If you want to work at the world’s most remote post office, you’ll need to be able to count penguins. The position is based in Antarctica, and the job responsibilities include maintaining the historic site, catering to tourists, and collecting environmental data.

Is Rural Americans’ Identity Anti-Science?

Even before this pandemic, America had a long history of resistance to public health measures and new vaccines, but now that resistance is increasingly polarized by geography and party.

Behind the crypto hype is an ideology of social change

Ads for blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin seem to be everywhere. Crypto technologies are being promoted as a replacement for banks; a new way to buy art; the next big investment opportunity, and an essential part of the metaverse.

Blessed Are Those Drowsy Ones

It's rare to laugh out loud when reading philosophy, but Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra is one of those books. The book is a philosophical treatise written in the form of a novel.

Above the Stars He Surely Dwells

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is a choral symphony, the final complete symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, composed between 1822 and 1824. It was first performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824.

How Anna Nicole Smith Became America's Punchline

How does a woman turn from a mortal to an icon overnight? Think of Pamela Anderson, in a tight Labatt Blue shirt, at a football game with her friends, and finding herself featured on the stadium jumbotron long enough for the crowd — and later the world — to fall in love

No One Left to Speak For Me

Passages on the importance of treating all people equality are scattered from Old Testament to New. Genesis even begins by highlighting our equality by pointing out that “God created man in His own image.” That means we are equal in God’s eyes. James 2, Chapter 1-4 says, “My brothers