One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all have to take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty one school shootings since Columbine and no change in the regulation of guns.
Butler has uploaded a video of my commencement address to the class of 2013, which one can’t help but notice…is longer than the 12 minutes I so confidently promised. I sort of quit working the last month and did nothing but write this speech, and I couldn’t even get the time right. (I guess I read a lot faster alone in my basement.)
I’d like to thank everyone who’s shared the speech, especially the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Galleycat, and Entertainment Weekly.
If you’d prefer to read the speech, you can do so here.
This is so thoughtful & touching. I commend you, John!
Shall. We. Begin?
Perhaps you’ve noticed a toddler’s sagging swim diaper and wondered if it’s really keeping the poop out of your neighborhood pool.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer for you: no.
Last summer, researchers at the federal public health agency collected 161 filter samples from public swimming pools in the Atlanta area. More than half of those samples, 58 percent, were contaminated with E. coli.
That, the CDC reported today, “signifies that swimmers introduced fecal matter into pool water.”
Some people have asked to read the commencement address I delivered this morning to the 2013 graduates of Butler University. So here it is.
My own commencement speaker, who shall remain nameless, began with a lame joke about how these speeches only come in two varieties: Short and bad. This…
My favorite part of his address:
“I would encourage you as often as possible to consider the Happy Birthday Sir Despite the Circumstances possibility, the possibility that the lives and experiences of others are as complex and unpredictable as your own, that other people—be they family or strangers, near or far—are not simply one thing or the other—not simply good or evil or wise or ignorant—but that they like you contain multitudes, to borrow a phrase from the great Walt Whitman.”
Awards ceremony music WTF?
At the State Science Day—
1. Aaron Copeland, Fanfare for the Common Man
2. Miley Cyrus, Party in the U.S.A. (Piano version)
3. Justin Bieber, Baby (Instrumental version)
4. Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror (Orchestral version)
I shit you not.
Watch Your Step
As we are waiting out the judging period before lunch, A.’s grandmother and I looked for the Science Day t-shirts we bought.
Turns out the vouchers were with kids—underway in judging space. But only separated by a thin curtain. And the judging had only just started.
So we whispered at them for the voucher forms, briefly said hi, got warned off by an event volunteer (a judge might DQ the girls if they saw us!), and got the shirts anyway.
The most exciting part of the morning so far.
Happy Friday morning
And for your listening pleasure, how about some of Aqualung’s “Living in the Past.”