A Defense of Knowledge

A number of months ago, I was in New Jersey in the company of friends who were discussing a future event slated to take place in Saratoga, NY. The members of the group had never been there, and were wondering what it was like and what there was to do there. I grew up about 40 minutes south of Saratoga. I would play against its soccer team throughout Read more [...]

Catching You up on Sleep

On a recent Adam Carolla podcast, a program to which I frequently listen and have made references in the past, the hosts were discussing a California school district that was pushing the start time of its high school back in order to combat its students' sleep deprivation. That would have been a welcome change for The Kid in high school, but Mr. Read more [...]

A Defense: “About Buckets”

On Sunday night, a friend accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated Ezra Tischler, this website's co-founder, to carry the torch. On Monday night, Ezra did so in his own way, writing a thoughtful Blogcat to discuss both his reservations about the ubiquitous awareness campaign and his efforts to spread awareness of the terrible disease Read more [...]

Challenge Accepted…Sort Of

Sometime early last week is when I saw the first video. I wasn’t sure what it was all about. Then, in the ensuing days I saw more posts, more hashtags. The trend defined itself. My Facebook newsfeed was transformed into a waterfall of ice water, pouring a shockingly cool awareness over me. With each brief video I watched I could feel my awareness Read more [...]

The National Gallery of 395

As I love to make publicly known, my friends and I love "395," a 3-digit number that started as a random inside joke and turned into a ... much more heavily-referenced inside joke that now has a substantial life of its own and has little to do with the original humor behind it. Now, you all should love it too, but I recognize that most folks Read more [...]

Honeybees on Cocaine: Sometimes Science is Weird

I spend an inordinate amount of my time reading scientific journals. Sometimes I need to find out how previous researchers have investigated a particular scientific or statistical problem, sometimes I need to compare different outcomes, and sometimes I just want to try and understand some method or conclusion better. This can be an incredibly boring Read more [...]

The Gift and the Curse

Last night was Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, a rematch of last year's entirely epic championship series. Though a miracle turnaround had technically been still within the realm of possibility - especially when you have Lebron James on your team - it didn't play out that way, and honestly, this year's Read more [...]

Westerosi Warriors: Who Would Win?

As we three nerds are prone to do, Ezra, Bullets and I relentlessly exchange Facebook messages about the TV shows that we love. Breaking Bad was the first, which coincidentally also spawned a Blogcat from me, but Game of Thrones, as is probably the case for many of you reading this, is also one of our beloved programs. <The rest of this post Read more [...]

Four Hundred and Twenty-Five Elephants in the Sky

This past Thursday, Gabriel García Márquez died of pneumonia in a Mexico City hospital at the age of 87. This weekend has seen a plethora of tributes and obituaries, in newspapers, magazines, and on websites and television programs. These sources can go into the biographical details of Márquez's life better than I can. Many can give critical Read more [...]

A Rebuttal: Why March Madness is the Pinnacle of Competition

Editor's Note: When this blog was started by a group of friends, we hoped it would become a running dialogue of our interests. In the purest sense, we would be communicating with each other, while letting others in on the conversation. Admittedly, there has been little communication between the contributors, with some spending more time in Bobcat Read more [...]