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internet roundup: July 23-29

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

It’s that time again.

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Articles + Blog Posts

1. Actually, the Humanities Aren’t in Crisis, by Jordan Weissmann [Atlantic]

If you follow policy discussions about American higher ed, you hear a lot of talk about how no one is studying the humanities. This is a good fact-checking of that claim – very interesting and, for a pro-humanities piece, with a lot more quantitative data than you would expect.

2. Fatherhood, Manhood, and Having It All, by Conor Williams [Daily Beast]

On why stay-at-home dads are actually quite masculine, even if they don’t meet the normal stereotype. I suspect most stay-at-home parents of either gender will resonate with this.

3. “There are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the U.K.,” compared to “466 violent crimes per 100,000″ in the United States. [PolitiFact]

As part of an investigation of whether a gun control meme is true, PolitiFact has a really interesting discussion of the perils of comparing crime statistics between different countries.

4. Jesus and Moses Went on Cleanses. That Doesn’t Mean you Should., by Judith Shulevitz [New Republic]

A science journalist looks at juice cleanses and concludes they don’t work scientifically but may have an interesting and important role to play spiritually. Good look at the trend.

5. Judaism 101: Gehenna (Hell) [Love Joy Feminism]

Some Jewish readers at the “Love Joy Feminism” blog talked about different Jewish views of hell. Really, quite fascinating.

6. Education of a cancer nurse, by Laura Devaney [Salon]

This is a heartrending but beautiful account of what it’s like to be a nurse on a cancer ward. I was particularly taken by her description of cancer surgery being like a second birth. This reminded me deeply of the Biblical passage about being born again, and gave me much food for thought on this idea that miracles could be magnificent but still messy. Really, a very good read on many levels.


Best of This Blog

1. run-down of my personal history for the Hurin of the Keys characterhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
2. lyrics of an old Black Eyed Peas song that have been on my mind latelyhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
3. what will change and won’t want if DOMA falls (written before I heard the court’s decision)http://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
4. a comparison of Jewish + Christian conceptions of hell, inspired by the Judaism 101 post above


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Fannish + Geekish Humor

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“The first image from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” teases just how shocked Bilbo Baggins is when he realizes Sherlock is alive, and is now a dragon.”

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(Tolkien/Sherlock meme, with spoilers for the Hobbit book.)

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Academic + Teacherly Humor

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Political Humor

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Random Cuteness

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Foodie Goodness

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Somebody’s Million-Dollar Idea

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Groovitudes

These are YouTube links. Meaning, clicking on one starts a video that automatically begins to play.

1. Apologize, by Timbaland + One Republichttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
2. Firworks, by Katy Perryhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
3. California Girls, by Katy Perryhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
4. Snape’s Demise from DH2

I don’t think I realized until today just how *awesome* this track is. It weaves so many themes so beautifully together, the Hogwarts and Lily themes in particular, but does it in such a subtle way. I cam imagine Snape gasping for breath and the two good things in his life (all the young minds he’s molded and his love of Lily) sort of overwhelming him without him being able to consciously control them. Gah.

5. Mustang Sally, by Wilson Picketthttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
6. Single Ladies, covered by Sara Bareilleshttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
7. Gone in September, by Mike Posnerhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
8. Mahna Mahna, covered by Cakehttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
9. Silly That Way, by Jason Mrazhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
10. King of Anything, by Sara Bareilleshttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
11. Love the Way You Lie II by Rihannahttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
12. Love Song, by Sara Bareilles

This is my Faramir/Eowyn ballad. I can easily see Eowyn thinking things along these lines when she is first getting comfortable with being vulnerable around Faramir and not having to lock herself off.

13. Lucky, by Denethor and Finduilas… er, I mean by Jason Mraz + Ximena Sarinanahttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
14. Follow Me, by Uncle Krackerhttp://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/
15. Smile, by Uncle Kracker

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