Online learning tips for neurodivergent students

Online learning has become a prevalent part of the educational landscape. This has some important benefits. It enables learning to continue when distancing is essential. It also provides greater access options for students who live in rural areas or who have mobility challenges. However, for students who live with neurologically divergent traits, e-learning can be … Read more

Watch Paul McCartney Compose The Beatles Classic “Get Back” Out of Thin Air (1969)

I’ve never seen anything like this in the movie before. Paul doesn’t really have anything at the 30-second mark – but after 45 seconds he’s got the makings of one hit song. – Tedgioia November 28, 2021 In the new Peter Jackson documentary series that took nearly eight hours The Beatles: come back It … Read more

The 17th Century Japanese Samurai Who Sailed to Europe, Met the Pope & Became a Roman Citizen

Image via Wikimedia Commons We learn about the intrepid Europeans who sought, and sometimes even found, trade and mission routes to China and Japan through centuries of exploration and empire. We rarely hear of visitors from east to west, especially those who traveled as well as the samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga in the 17th century. Sent … Read more

Watch Hilarious Spoofs of Classic Film Genres: Film Noir, Spaghetti Westerns, Scandinavian Crime Dramas, Time Travel Films & More

Comedian Alasdair Beckett-King has a passionate ear for entertainment and endorses the belief that “putting more effort into things makes it funnier.” The result is a series of one-minute videos where the conventions of a particular genre or long-running series are parodied, with perfect visuals, meta-dialogue, and faithfully rendered performance styles. Beckett-King has put his … Read more

The Drugs Used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Many of us who live in parts of the world where marijuana has recently been legal might consider us to be engaging in a very modern pleasure. And given the ever-increasing sophistication of the growing and processing technologies that underlie what has become a formidable cannabis industry, perhaps, on some level, we are. But as … Read more

Dueling as a Film Trope: Pretty Much Pop #109 Considers The Last Duel and Its Genre In view of the release of The last duel (which you didn’t need to watch), we’re talking about the duel metaphor in movies and TV. Mark and co-guest Dylan Casey of The Partially Examined Life join Cliff Mark, host of the Good in Theory podcast who wrote his political dissertation and 2018 essay on … Read more