HUMANITIES

Monday Missive – October 15, 2018

National Hispanic Heritage Month — Today marks the culmination of the 2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Officially described “as a way to promote the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic-Americans. Specifically — those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America,” National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15 though October 15.  Given the goals associated...

The Biopolitics of Vibratory Resonance: My SPEP 2018 Talk

My SPEP paper this year is on Friday October 19th in the afternoon. It’s titled “The Biopolitics of Vibratory Resonance,” and it’s kind of a mashup of the intro and the new materialism chapter of The Sonic Episteme. Here’s the......

NATURAL SCIENCES

The Fantastic Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics Photo Fundraiser

As you may have heard, I’ve been working on a book on the history and physics of cats landing on their feet, titled “Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics.” The book will be published in early 2019, hopefully, and I’m really excited to share it with you!  However, my publisher is a non-profit academic publisher and doesn’t have funds to cover the publishing rights for some key photographs for the book; some of which are quite pricey.

Because...

The Auctioneer, by Joan Samson

I recently started thinking about the structure of horror stories in a new way: relating them to the behavior of natural disasters.  Some stories are unpredictable, with sudden bursts of terror, like lightning strikes or tornadoes.  Others build up a sense of dread gradually, like a coming thunderstorm, or a hurricane.  Much more rare are stories that grind away at the reader bit by bit, like the inexorable erosion of a coastline.

I was inspired of this natural disaster framing...

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