Keeping the 'Underachievers' Out. [Updated.]

G.W. Carver High School for Engineering and Science, in Philadelphia.

E&S is a small, academically selective school in North Philly with a largely black student body, and is one of the school district’s premier magnet programs, along with Central, The Philadelphia High School for Girls and Masterman. When I graduated from E&S, [...]

Whoa.

This is spooky.

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Digging the Nate Silver shout-out at the end.

By the Billion.

Like cool visualizations? Like information? (Of course you do, you’re here, aren’t you?) Want to wile away a few hours? A co-worker sent me a link to this chart he saw on The Big Picture. It’s spending in billions (adjusted for today’s dollars) on random stuff color-coded by “spending, earning, giving, fighting, losing, and illin’.” [...]

Random Midday Hotness: 'Untitled' in 8 Minutes.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a phenomenal artist (she created the spiffy new PB banner) and one of my dearest friends, recorded the creation of one of her pieces, from start to finish.

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Cultural Purgatory, Part 2.

note: this ain't my campus. just… fyi.

I’ve been an adjunct professor in the Midwest for three years now. By virtue of location and profession alone, I have enough material to write twenty parts to this Cultural Purgatory series.

But let’s take it one culturally dissonant experience at a time. I teach at [...]

Uh, It Didn't Exist Because it's a Stereotype.

Over at The Root, Rebecca Walker interviews Erica Kennedy, the author of the new book Feminista. Walker asks Kennedy to explain what a “feminista” is, to which Kennedy responds:

I never felt comfortable calling myself a feminist because that word has so many negative connotations. The stereotype of the hairy, man-hating woman is [...]

Your Monday* Random-Ass Roundup: Enough.

I don’t know what, if anything, can be learned from the fatal beating of 16-year-old Chicago honor student Derrion Albert. I don’t know if there are enough words to appropriately convey the tragedy. And I don’t know if watching the gruesome video footage will help much.

But I do know that this is no referendum [...]

Your President, The Robot.

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