Occasionally, someone can come up with something clever that highlights the absurdity of an argumentative assertion and put it on a picture. More often, someone deliberately or unwittingly misstates a position, then points out its absurdity on a picture. The internet meme is a great vehicle for concise straw-man arguments, and for the promulgation of … More Memes: Vehicles for Poor Arguments
Last evening I watched the movie “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. In the film, 12 alien spacecraft mysteriously appear on Earth at various locations including the United States, Russia, the ocean off the coast of China, Sudan, Pakistan, Denmark, Japan, Sierra-Leone, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and Australia. I have always been … More Trump Hates “The Aliens.” Believe me.
We’ve heard a great deal about fake news in the last 18 months. One would think that “news” that was obviously fake would not survive long in the information age, but instead it seems to thrive. The hoax-checking site Snopes – which has itself been attacked (or satired, I supposed) by fake news sites – … More Confirmation Bias
Me and my daughter drew an eagle. The assignment this time was to just use line basics, and not focus on shading or depth. I think we both did pretty well. I’m having a nice time with this black & white drawing curriculum. Enjoy this holiday weekend. And if you aren’t celebrating a holiday, just … More More Pictures
It has been a recurring theme here to discuss something about social equity and race or ethnicity. The title suggests another post along the same lines, but it isn’t. This is about art. And it isn’t really all that much about art, since I don’t have any particular expertise in art; it’s mostly for me … More Black and White
I had considered writing something about the origins of Halloween today. Instead, I took the kids out trick-or-treating and spent time with some friends (and ate a bunch of the kids’ candy). Plus, lots of folks have covered Halloween origins, so I’d really just be covering the same ground. Just for fun, here’s a video … More Happy Halloween!
For something different, I thought it might be fun to take a direct swipe at self-described minor celebrity Scott Adams. Mr. Adams, if you don’t already know, is the creator of Dilbert, a moderately funny syndicated comic that has been around since 1991-ish. Over time, Adams has successfully expanded the Dilbert empire, which now includes … More Hypno-Bert and Political Persuasion