"What’s creepier than a worm rearing up on its tail to snag a passing insect? A thousand worms uniting into a single living, writhing, waving tower to snag a passing insect."
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Penelope Trunk on the big new changes to the SAT:
The SAT is doing away with the essay test, finally acknowledging what free market economy has proven over the last seven years: That the more you pay for SAT tutoring, the higher your score is.
But now that won't be the case. Because now there will be a new SAT that focuses much more on the common core.
And thus the SAT will make itself irrelevant to the rich kids at private schools because the majority of those schools opted out of the test-centric, standards-obsessed core. And we all know what happens to a test that is irrelevant to the rich kids: You can start ignoring it right now, no matter how rich you are, because it's only a matter of time before the SAT is finished. In fact, NPR points out that the slide to total obsolescence started earlier this year when 800 of 3000 colleges accepting the SAT said it would no longer be required.
According to a Federal Trade Commission complaint, home security biggie ADT paid a total of $300,000 to three different experts — 2/3 of that total to one expert alone — to make TV and radio appearances to shill for the ADT Pulse system. In addition to the cash, two of the human advertisements received $4,000 worth of security equipment from ADT as compensation.
One of our biggest growth areas has been Russia. All sorts of Russian customers that are placing orders with us. Now what the hell, where did they come from? The answer has to be that they’ve were able to sample online and that sampling has driven demand. The world is changing very very rapidly. We’re exporting enormous numbers of comics right now.
these new buyers that are being stimulated by a combination of media exposure to the films, but also, and this is vastly more important, the fact that they can read comics now online for free, because they’re doing downloads, some of them are paying the publishers but I highly doubt it, the majority of folks are being able to sample comics now online online in the same way when we were young people we were able to sample them at grocery stores by just standing there at the spin rack reading it for free, well, the internet has become the world’s largest spinrack.
A few years ago, I ran a Dungeons & Dragons game for my buddies Pen Ward and JG Quintel. The game centered on a viking jarl, Koth (played by Pen) and his skaldic herald, Jarnskeggi (JG) journeying across the frigid north in search of a mystical valkyrie armor.See more.
These are the sketches (by Pen and me) that became the inspiration for the Armor of Zeldron episode.