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The Wandering Doctor Jew


Mar
11th
2021

The Music of Halo: Eastern European Influences · 11:32pm March 11th

When I first heard the vocals of Halo: CE, I thought it was Hungarian folk music, but I was wrong.  It was just Marty making high pitched sounds.  However, Hungarian & Bulgarian folk music have played palpable roles in the shaping of Halo.

Here is the piece to which I refer:

Compare that to when they try an actual Bulgarian singing voice for Halo 4:

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Mar
2nd
2021

The Language Police: The Testing Companies · 3:46am March 2nd

Not only has this impacted the publishing corporations, but this has impacted testing companies as well.  Ravitch explains that a “top official at the Educational Testing Service told me that his company and other testing agencies deleted test items whenever anyone complained about them; items might be dropped not only on grounds of bias, very broadly defined, but also if they make a student feel ‘uncomfortable’.” (Ravitch, pg 50)  The problem with this is, as Ravitch explains, is that “good

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Feb
9th
2021

It's Black History Month · 9:28pm February 9th

So let's talk about the history of the color black!

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Feb
7th
2021

The Language Police: Textbook Publishers · 3:57am February 7th

As we go on, we shall continue to prove “that’s what they say” wrong, because “if you are willing to accept unquestioningly what ‘everyone’ says, then the story is over before the investigation begins” (Ravitch, pg 31) Remember, in the Middle Ages, being unhealthily overweight was fashionable among the upper classes, people used to believe that there was absolutely no evolution, not even very basic natural selection-fueled micro-evolution, some black people believe that all white people have

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Feb
1st
2021

An Introduction to the (Kaiju) Classics · 10:54pm February 1st

It has come to my attention that Godzilla vs. Kong has acquired a trailer.

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Jan
28th
2021

The Language Police: The New Meaning of Bias · 3:50am January 28th

We shall continue our reading of The Language Police by Diane Ravitch. We shall further explore why the board recommended such bizarre standards, continuing on from our prior discussion.

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Jan
27th
2021

Writing & Aristotle · 3:56am January 27th

Aristotle's known for his belief that rationale & understanding can be applied to all things, even storytelling. Because the very notion that reason, emotion, & imagination must conflict is a purely post-modernist invention, & most previous generations saw no such conflict, somebody as logical as Aristotle could easily appreciate a highly original, emotionally moving, awe-inspiring story, & his Poetics is not only him talking about what makes a good stage play, but also his gushing over the

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Jan
21st
2021

The Language Police; a Panel's Bizarre Recommendations · 3:40am January 21st

I've been reading a lot of books lately, & one of particular interest is The Language Police, written by Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education. It is about how authoritarian voices on both sides have created bizarre censorship standards of education.

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Jan
2nd
2021

Auld Lang Syne · 7:06am January 2nd

Of course, I wouldn't go so close to the New Year without discussing this song:

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To all of you English speakers, doesn't this song always sound wrong to you? Like, it sounds familiar, but isn't. The reason why is because it's written in a kind of pigeon of English and Scots-Gaelic, called "Scots". The author was the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, but the meldoy comes from Scottish folk tunes.

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Dec
26th
2020

Christmas Around the World: Christmas in Norway! · 3:35am Dec 26th, 2020

Hello! Welcome to the Christmas Around the World Series! Where better to start than Norway?

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