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After a Week Away

November 30, 2009

Here’s what’s news:

The Onion A.V. Club (whose film, music, book, and video game criticism is really top-notch) has an interesting dissection of the famous four-minute, single-shot scene in the movie Children of Men.  It’s a great scene, with excellent backing music—The Kills.  This link has a video of the scene embedded in it.

Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish talks about Christianity versus Christianism, in what seems like a spin-off of The Atlantic‘s cover story this month, by Hanna Rosin, which asks the question, “Did Christianity Cause the [Housing] Crash?”

The Awl takes a horrifying look at the California Cougar Convention.

A week ago, President Obama kicked off a new campaign called Educate to Innovate, which, writes Kenneth Chang in the New York Times, is designed “to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time and volunteer effort to encourage students, especially in middle and high school, to pursue science, technology, engineering and math.”

Here’s a great quote by our president from that same story:

“If you win the N.C.A.A. championship, you come to the White House.  Well, if you’re a young person and you’ve produced the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.  Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and entertainers as role models, and here at the White House, we’re going to lead by example.  We’re going to show young people how cool science can be.”

Here, though, is an even better quote (and no I’m not kidding):

“As President, I believe that robotics can inspire young people to pursue science and engineering. And I also want to keep an eye on those robots in case they try anything.”

That is so awesome.  Here’s an embed of the (30-second) clip:

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