Commendable or Confusing?: A Look at the American Museum of Natural History

It's difficult to modernise entrenched ideas, concepts, and old institutions. It's confusing, expensive, and there are political/social consequences which have to be carefully weighed. In the sciences, maybe it could be something about classification whether the Brontosaurus of yesteryear is actually an Apatosaurus or whether we can just finally go back to calling it a… Continue reading Commendable or Confusing?: A Look at the American Museum of Natural History

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Old is as Old Does: Natural Museum of Ireland

There are many approaches to showing people the zoological wonders of the world. Documentaries, funny clips on YouTube, maybe magazines like National Geographic, but one of the best ways, in my opinion, to give people a true idea of what lives in this world is to see something in person. A pretty obvious idea, as… Continue reading Old is as Old Does: Natural Museum of Ireland

Curating New Ideas: Natural History in Budapest

Whenever I go to a new city, the first thing I typically look for is its natural history museum. It's not a make-or-break for visiting somewhere, but it sure comes close. I recently forced myself into a holiday, going to Budapest for a couple days. They happen to have a natural history museum. Double-plus good.… Continue reading Curating New Ideas: Natural History in Budapest

Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Part 2

So as previously discussed, Christmas is not exactly a standardized holiday. Between different nations and/or cultures, the day may be different, the events may proceed differently, the movies are different, et cetera et cetera. There is one rather large part I've left out. Food. As opposed to the expected US Thanksgiving, Christmas has no set… Continue reading Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Part 2

Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Pt. 1

Christmas appears to be the one holiday that everyone has at least some kind of response to. For some it's a wistful memory, some bitter hatred, or even an (often over-)emphasized ambivalence, be they theist or atheist, consumers or retail slaves, or be they human or ancient lizardfolk alike. It's wildly inclusive if one looks… Continue reading Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Pt. 1

A Short Digestif for Meals Long Past

Sometimes it can be easy to take the things around us for granted. Enough time spent around a certain stimulus or situation and it will often cease to have the same impact compared to the first time, or returning to it after an extended period of time. Perhaps moving somewhere new, and there's a particularly… Continue reading A Short Digestif for Meals Long Past

From Within/Without: A Non-Yo-Yoer at the World Yo-Yo Contest

In this world there are great number of societies and communities hidden far from the public eye. It's sort of been a lifelong interest of mine to see into these esoteric circles, really, it was a large reason I became a journalist (or was trained as one, if nothing else). Seeing how different people live… Continue reading From Within/Without: A Non-Yo-Yoer at the World Yo-Yo Contest

Un Paso Detras – A Barcelona Tale

So I recently thought of an interesting little situation that occurred during my stay in Barcelona. I know I haven't written anything on it yet, so I'll likely remedy that in the near future. However this incident is one mildly worthy of note. I went traveling with a fellow "auxiliar" from my (now former) teaching… Continue reading Un Paso Detras – A Barcelona Tale

Wine With a Roach

I arrived in Prague after a 12-hour train ride from Lugo, Spain to Barcelona. It was surprisingly pleasant, if you'd imagine such a thing, and it was made just so much better because I actually planned with some semblance of self-decency. I was not going to spend another night in an airport, as I have… Continue reading Wine With a Roach

Whose Voice is it, Anyway?: A Question of Dubbing

During my time here in Spain, I've come to see many aspects of the Spanish culture, or, well, at the very least Galician culture and Spanish TV. However, there is something I've always had some issue with that is rife on TV here, so now is a good enough excuse to discuss it. Dubbing. Technically… Continue reading Whose Voice is it, Anyway?: A Question of Dubbing