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, [...]


This is spooky.

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.

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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