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Like Board Games? This Is The Surprising Best U.S. City For You

Board games, where you play on an actual board, were once common in every household. Games have a long history, thousands of years, but board games took off in diversity in the 20th century, thanks to "Monopoly" and then others. It's impossi ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 17 2019 - 8:58pm

A Flawed Science Journalism Article Provides Good Education On How We Can Do Better

Anti-science activists are having a field day on social media, happy that a poorly designed study can let them claim that human sperm is being damaged by modern pesticides, even though the study found nothing of the kind.  ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 30 2019 - 10:13am

I've Been Away

Although you probably did not notice, this blog has been inactive during the past three weeks. The reason is simple: I took a break, treating myself to a 24-day trip to Thailand and the Philippines. Anticipating that many of the places I would visit would ...

Blog Post - Tommaso Dorigo - Jan 7 2020 - 7:08am

Evolutionary Psychologist Geoffrey Miller Has His Own Grad Student Criteria- Weight

University of New Mexico professor Geoffrey Miller is a social/evolutionary psychologist so it's no surprise he is clueless about people- like what it takes to have the willpower to get a Ph.D, beyond his own subjective opinion. And it's even les ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Feb 4 2020 - 11:23am

Love And Science For Valentine's Day

Ahhhh, Valentine's Day. Bad food, shoddy restaurant service- and you have no choice about it. The Soviet Union had toilet paper lines but they didn't force Valentine's Day on its people. Really, anyone who is unsure what mandates accomplish ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 13 2020 - 3:17pm

Tor, While Coronavirus Rages, You Should Release 'Automatic Reload' For Sale Right Now

It's not often that a guy who can't order lunch in under a thousand words can be stumped for what to say, but when it comes to "Automatic Reload" by Ferrett Steinmetz, I am at a loss. Mostly because all of the good one-liners were taken ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 23 2020 - 4:44pm

Russian Fifth Columnists Convicted In Finland- Are Those Aiding Activists In The US Next?

During the Obama administration, James Clapper, America's Director of National Intelligence exposed Russian efforts to undermine U.S. natural gas ("fracking") by supporting environmental groups using "donor advised" funds (large po ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 24 2020 - 1:54pm

Is Triscuit A Portmanteau Of 'Electricity' And Biscuit?

Like most writers, Sage Boggs (also on Bandcamp) is a curious guy. At a party he saw there were Triscuits, the snack crackers, and asked why they were named Triscuits. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 26 2020 - 12:02pm

An Argument To Force China To Pay Coronavirus Reparations

When President Trump said he was going to restrict travel from China earlier this year due to coronavirus, I didn't engage in the reflexive politics of corporate journalists and call him a racist, I just though it an overreaction. After all, the Whole ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 7 2020 - 5:01pm