Just for Fun

This page offers you the possibility of fun in three categories: stuff I wrote, academic silliness, and humanistic delights.  Enjoy!

Stuff I Wrote

A quiz on Alison Bechdel's brilliant comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For.  Warning: very tough!

A quiz on African American Literature: I give you three characters' names, and you identify the novel, play, or autobiography.

Academic Silliness

Librarians do Gaga

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Annals of Improbable Research

Physics Songs

Peep Research 

My all-time favorite article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Dial-a-Doctorate, by Thomas Bartlett

My all-time favorite thread on the Chronicle of Higher Education forum: "Why are academics so poorly dressed?"

Humanistic Delights

Anita Sarkeesian's lovely video about The Bechdel Test. A film (or any other work of narrative art) passes the Bechdel test if one can answer "yes" to all of the following questions: Does the film include two women (who have names)? Do the women talk to each other? Do the women talk to each other about something other than a man?  It's amazing how many films fail this simple test.  When a film fails the test, it exposes the fact that the film imagines men as people and women as adjuncts to people.  The Bechdel test speaks to my favorite definition of feminism: "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people."

Fredde Gredde, Wind Waker Unplugged

Gothtober, a collection of animated shorts on a Halloween theme. My favorite short features a friendly little quiz on ventriloquism.

How Stuff Works

Yogi Berra's Wit and Wisdom

Excerpt from Temple Grandin's book, Thinking in Pictures, about what it's like to be autistic. Fascinating reading!

The Museum of Bad Art

Engagement photographs by Amanda Rynda

Ultimate Dog Tease

Drunk Girls Get Surprised with Puppies.  Extreme cuteness ensues.

Happy Boobs Make Happy People. I love what can only be described as the choreography in this video.

"Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving," by Allie Brosh. This story made me laugh so hard that tears literally streamed down my face.

Remove Me from Your Rooster!, or, the joys of being a gay rights activist