Articles in the Skeptical Panda Department
June 2009, Skeptical Panda »
The most important tool a writer has in his arsenal is the pen. Again, “pen” is a metaphor. A writer may like pens, but she may be more productive at a keyboard, or with a No. 2 pencil. These are serviceable implements, but there are writing utensils that have the power to alter the course of history; to speak directly from the primal, viscous soup of human consciousness. Creativity begins in the mind, but it finds its expression in the metaphorical, mighty sword of the writer. To wit, here are the most essential writing implements ever wielded by the human hand.
Art, February 2009, Skeptical Panda »
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Few holidays seem to raise the ire of internet denizens, brooding teenagers and twenty-something counter-culture warriors like good ole V-Day1. Depending on your point of view, it’s either a cultureless wasteland of affected sentimentalism and crass commercial cash-ins or a special day for you and your beloved. Then there are the rest of us: those of us who have experienced some sweet & thoughtful Valentine’s Days and remain effectively neutral on the holiday2. We don’t quite understand those people who will wheedle dates, arrange extra weekend meetings, …