Monthly Archives: March 2012


“The only solution is for us, as individuals, to think carefully and analytically about our entertainment, our news and media, without resting in the moral vindication that identifying these systems and decrying them can provide. It is not enough to simply swallow the highest level of entertainment, to sternly force ourselves to listen to NPR and watch PBS, and think that in so doing we can somehow change the world. That’s just another kind of spectacle in which we’re invited to take part. It’s not the media that need changing, it’s not the entertainment that has the power to change things; it’s the viewers.”

–Jacob Clifton. “Signal to Noise: Media and Subversion in Serenity.” Serenity Found. Ed. Jane Espenson. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2007. Quote on page 214.


“Although law-review content is written almost entirely by scholars and attorneys, a new article by Berkeley Law students Nicholas Fram ’12 and Thomas Frampton ’12 is making waves in the world of major college sports.

Their article, ‘A Union of Amateurs: A Legal Blueprint to Reshape Big-Time College Athletics,’ will be published in August by the Buffalo Law Review. In eye-opening detail, it explains how state labor laws could allow college athletes to unionize—and get paid—for the economic benefits they generate for their schools and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).”

–Andrew Cohen. “Pay-for-Play Law Review Article by Student Duo Creates Major Buzz.” Berkeley Law. UC Berkeley School of Law. March 16, 2012. Web.


” … one easy way to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet is to fill your plate with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables . . . and blueberries provide that perfect shade of blue!”

— “Health Benefits of Blueberries.” U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. 2010. Web.


“Several endangered black-footed cats have been born recently in the U.S. and researchers say Crystal’s birth is the rarest — the first ever born from an embryo fertilized in a lab dish, frozen, and later implanted in a housecat’s womb.

The black-footed cat is Africa’s smallest wildcat and one of the world’s smallest felines — smaller even than a domestic cat.”

–Janet McConnaughey. “Wild Black-footed Cat: Test-tube Kitten Born in US.” Times Union. Hearst Newspapers. March 13, 2012. Web.


“To put the problem in the simplest terms, throttling people with your mind continues to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making people dead.”

–“Why I Am Leaving the Empire, by Darth Vader.” The Daily Mash. March 14, 2012. Web.


“You may not have the ability to manipulate magnetic fields or have tantalizing gadgets, but who’s to say that being a hero is solely contingent on the gifts that one possesses? Perhaps it’s more to do with how one wields his or her own strengths. Aside from having super human abilities, it may in actuality be the empowerment woven into these superheroes that have captivated us. That in some way, they have served to teach principles of morality and cultivate the idea of having a responsibility to ourselves and to the world.”

–Anika Chin. “The Secret to Superhero Success: Nerdiness.” Geek Out! CNN. March 15, 2012. Web.


“It was an ordinary day, a Friday, twenty minutes till lunchtime, five hours till quitting time and the weekend, ten months till vacation, thirty-seven years till retirement. Then the phone rang.”

–Jack Finney. Time and Again. New York: Touchstone, 1970. Quote on page 8.


“Q: The Pit Fiends seem a little too easy to defeat. Can you suggest a way to toughen them up?

A: Yes. Just implement the following optional rule: Since the Lord of the Pit (Reaper Expansion) departed from his Inner Region realm, the Pit Fiends have resorted to fighting amongst each other to see who will become their next ruler. As a direct result of this sustained fighting, each Pit Fiend now has 8 Strength in battle instead of 4. This increase of Strength will force a character to consider the alternative Strength route through the Inner Region a lot more often.

This rule only comes into effect, if the Lord of the Pit has been drawn from the Adventure deck, otherwise the Pit Fiends have 4 Strength each as normal!

Give it a blast guys.”

–Talismanamsilat. “Pits Space in the Inner Region.” Talisman Rules Questions Forum. Fantasy Flight Games. Web.


“The purpose of a WOD is exercise. The goals of which are:

* building strength (and to reduce injuries by building stronger bones, muscles, and connective tissue)
* reinforcing your body’s ability to adapt and recover
* building neural adaptation and ‘practicing’ good movement
* to push to the limit of your physical and mental boundaries
* but most importantly: to be able to come back the next day and do it all again!

The purpose of a WOD is NOT:

* to rip your hands so you can’t deadlift/pull up/clean/snatch/KBS the next day
* to succumb and be a ‘slave to the clock,’ ignoring all proper form in order to get a faster time than your workout partner
* to work til you puke/pass out”

–Ruth Yu Rodgers. “For God’s Sake, It’s Just Exercise!” CrossFit Intrepid. March 13, 2012. Web.


“A growing body of child cognition research at UC Berkeley suggests that parents and educators put aside the flash cards, electronic learning games and rote-memory tasks and set kids free to discover and investigate.

‘Spontaneous and “pretend play” is just as important as reading and writing drills,’ Gopnik said.”

–Yasmin Anwar. “Scientists Tap the Genius of Babies and Youngsters to Make Computers Smarter.” UC Berkeley News Center. March 12, 2012. Web.