By: John Benson

Can We Actually Ban Small, Yappy Dogs?

Being as I write for a dog blog and actually get paid for it, I hope it doesn’t make me a bad person that part of me wishes that this headline were actually real. More to the point, I hope that I don’t wind up unemployed. Or more unemployed than I already am. I love […]

By: John Benson

Can We Actually Ban Small, Yappy Dogs?

Being as I write for a dog blog and actually get paid for it, I hope it doesn’t make me a bad person that part of me wishes that this headline were actually real. More to the point, I hope that I don’t wind up unemployed. Or more unemployed than I already am. I love […]

Woman Breastfeeding Baby. Her breast is pixellated with a giant caption: Bottle Not Boobs

Poe’s Law, As Applied to Breastfeeding

It actually did take me a few minutes to figure out whether this was real or fake, which shows you just how solid Poe’s Law really is, when you apply it to real life. For the record, it is a parody, taken from the Facebook page of a group called Christians for Michele Bachmann. Naturally, […]

NSID 2010 - Day 9 by Johnathan Nightingale

Isn’t “Neckbeard” Just a Way to Shame Fat Men?

  I’ve always hated the term “Neckbeard,” because it seems like a really quick and cheap way of saying “fat, nerdy guy” in a way that’s acceptable to people who would otherwise be against body or status shaming. It is definitely not something that you use to describe a thin, popular guy with lots of […]

Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-Anya-in-bunny-suit

How is Killing Fluffy Bunnies “Rapey”?

A couple of years back, I wrote a piece called “Why Sex is Not Spiritual” for the SF Weekly arts blog, The Exhibitionist. It’s probably the best piece I ever wrote for them, and one of the best pieces I’ve written on atheism and sex.  It got a lot of comments, many of them outraged […]

Brief Ramblings

Lacking that Essential World Series Gene

"A worn-out baseball" by Schyler at English Wikipedia - Own work by the original uploader. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

A worn-out baseball” by Schyler at English Wikipedia – Own work by the original uploader. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I must be lacking some deeply elemental gene that allows you to enjoy professional sports. I don’t know anyone else in the Bay Area who is so totally uninterested in the World Series. It’s not really snobbery. When I was a kid and my dad was watching sports, I really tried to get into it. I just couldn’t. It was like watching physicists lecturing in ancient Greek. Still is. People keep having to remind me that the World Series is happening.

My geek gene speaks to me loud and strong, though. Tonight, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on, and that clearly outranks the World Series or any other sports event. Plus, we still have Doctor Who on the DVR. Nerd orgy!