Tag Archives: Popular Culture

The Problem With Kids These Days… It’s Their Music

The other day, I had a few students hanging out in my office (I am a floating teacher, I have no room to call home, so I have a small office in the library). They were sharing with me their … Continue reading

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How the Stair Master Made me Socially Awkward – or was it Facebook?

I have never been a runner…. ever. However, I realize the importance of exercise and make an effort to stay in shape… most of the time. Two ACL surgeries have firmly put me in the ‘low impact’ category of exercise … Continue reading

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5 Children’s Stories that Destroyed my Childhood

So, I woke up early on Saturday morning and decided to hit the gym. I just go to a local 24 hour fitness, it’s nice, but not too fancy. There are several television screens that they have tuned to various … Continue reading

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“This is Sparta!” – The Battle of Thermopylae

August 9, 480 BCE is the traditional date for the final day of the Battle of Thermopylae. The battle is one of the most famous in all of Western History, rivaling the Alamo as one of the most significant “last stands” … Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe – 49 Years Later, the Death of an Icon

On August 5, 1962, iconic actress Marilyn Monroe was discovered dead in her home from a drug overdose and possible suicide. She was 36 years old. It’s no mystery that the stunning beauty led a troubled life – battles with … Continue reading

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Werner Herzog Discusses Film & Archaeology

Famed German film director Werner Herzog was recently granted access to the Chauvet Caves, which he filmed for an soon-to-be released film on paleolithic art in France. The film entitled “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams” focuses on the early peoples of … Continue reading

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Why 1950s America was *Not* Magical!!

I’m at home today nursing some killer allergies and recuperating from the end of the school year. As such, I have spent the day browsing the web and watching bad television. I suppose it’s not all bad – I’ve watched the … Continue reading

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10 Funniest Archaeology Videos

Digging In the Dirt has a great blog post on the Top Ten Funniest Archaeology Videos, including my favorite from Eddie Izzard. Read and enjoy!

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Learning from Hollywood – the Harry Potter Model

USC recently hosted a conference entitled: “Learning From Hollywood: Can Entertainment Media Ignite an Education Revolution.” USC professor Henry Jenkins put forth his ideas about how Hollywood’s new ‘participatory culture’ (as seen in the Harry Potter Alliance) can and should be harnessed … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th – Fears, Realities, & History

Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13)? Even the least superstitious of us seem to go on high alert today – Friday the 13th.  Check out this list of bizarre superstitious practices on MSNBC that are still prevalent … Continue reading

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