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A Study in Revenge: Winking HyperHistorical Mimicry

As I began reading A Study in Revenge: A Novel by Kieran Shields, I was willing to overlook the literary mimicry of Arthur Conan Doyle. Archie Lean, a well-meaning workaday detective in the late 1800s who needs outside help to crack a case, is clearly a mix of Inspector Lestrade and John Watson. The dapper, [...]

Review of Two Classroom Response Systems for Instant Student Feedback

Educators: are you looking for instant feedback from your students? Consider one of the following student response systems for your classroom. A brief description of system features is listed below:

The i>clicker interactive student response system relies upon a base unit with proprietary software and dedicated presented remote (hundreds of dollars) plus a remote-controlled “clicker” [...]

Review: Independents Rising by Jacqueline Salit

On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a [...]

Who’s Gerrymandering Evidence on Global Warming?

“Employing actual facts is not nearly as effective a tactic as gerrymandering evidence.”

This phrase, appearing on page 107 of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism (Regnery Press 2010), is one of the few in Christopher Horner’s book that hits the mark.

Horner means for you to apply that statement to [...]

Obama: US can put Citizens on Government Hit List with No Recourse

In this country, the judicial branch of government has a vital role to play in reviewing the actions of the other two. With the Congress retreating from its investigative and oversight role, courts are often the only means left of checking the urges of an encroaching executive. Increasingly, courts are absent too.

Earlier this month, [...]

Review: BL&T Associates Promotion of HBO Documentary

This afternoon, Irregular Times received an e-mail solicitation from Raimy N. Rosenduft of BLT & Associates, who “create unique online campaigns that strategically engage users in a branded experience, while also working to build upon and enhance the message of traditional mediums like print and A/V.”

Yes, they really wrote that. Ms. Rosenduft and her [...]

Common Good Cafe an uncommonly good stop on Mt. Desert Island

If you find yourself on Mount Desert Island, perhaps to see the most extravagant beauties of Acadia National Park, take a stop to the often-neglected southwestern corner of the island for two highlights: the Wonderland trail leads to a low-tide tidepooling paradise with starfish and limpets and mussels and crabs and an astonishing variety [...]

John Twelve Hawks' The Golden City: Not Recommended. Darn.

I really, really would like to be able to recommend John Twelve Hawks’ third book in his Traveler series, The Golden City. I wanted very much to enjoy the book. I hoped that the book would make some kind of sense. But I haven’t enjoyed the book, it doesn’t make sense, and I can’t recommend [...]

John Twelve Hawks’ The Golden City: Not Recommended. Darn.

I really, really would like to be able to recommend John Twelve Hawks’ third book in his Traveler series, The Golden City. I wanted very much to enjoy the book. I hoped that the book would make some kind of sense. But I haven’t enjoyed the book, it doesn’t make sense, and I can’t recommend [...]

Sellit ADPAK After 12 Days: 24 Clickthroughs, 4 Orders, $7.07 in the Hole

For 12 days now, we’ve been reviewing an advertising service called Sellit by using it, paying $14.99 for 15,000 advertising “views” of a widget featuring our healthcare reform buttons, bumper stickers and t-shirts. Healthcare policy is the hottest topic of the day in the news, and Sellit has designed the widget itself, making this a [...]

Testing Sellit ADPAK for CafePress: 5 Clickthroughs in 2 Days, $13.83 in the Hole

Last week, “Katie Fox” posted a fawning message here at Irregular Times, a message that began, “we respect your influence in the POD community.” This was my first hint that we’d been subjected to cut-and-paste spam. Indeed, you can find Ms. Fox’s canned message spread all over the internet on websites related to CafePress, a [...]