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3 Reasons Why You Should Watch the NBA This Year

You don't watch NBA basketball. You think the players are selfish and overpaid. You think they don't play hard until the playoffs. I understand. I hardly watched much NBA over the decade, for the same reasons. But I've re-discovered my love for the NBA. Last year, I got roped back in. Here are three reasons why you should start watching the NBA again. 3. The Knicks are good. Rasheed Wallace lives. The Knick ...

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The Pander Journal: Littering and Voting

This “article” is part of a “series” we’re calling The Pander Journal, which will be “following” the presidential election of November 2012. Being a Millennial isn't easy. Unemployment is high, your friends take photos of food and upload them to the internet, and people are always trying to force you into voting. I don’t believe in voting, but I do believe in littering. I come to both of these conclusions t ...

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Discovering Art – Discovery

Part 6 of 6 I suggested that artists give their work to the public who instinctively begin interpreting. This left us with a question: how can we interpret correctly? There is a closet full of meaning and there are many ways to access it, but I hope simply to offer you a key that unlocks the door. Once you figure the lock and turn the knob, most everything will tumble out. But before you take the keys, we n ...

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The Pander Journal: Biden Takes the Gloves Off; What Does it Mean For Us?

This “article” is part of a “series” we’re calling The Pander Journal, which will be “following” the presidential election of November 2012. President Obama’s debate performance, widely characterized by pundits of all stripes as a flop, has many predicting that tonight’s vice presidential debate will feature Joe Biden like we’ve always seen him before: aggressive, rough-around-the-edges, and ready to veheme ...

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It’s All About You

If you’ve ever been to a professional sporting event you’ve probably witnessed this scene: The game has grown decidedly boring and overlong, eyes are beginning to glaze, smart phones emerge from pockets, and minds begin to wander toward post-game festivities. Snap back to reality, and all of a sudden the cameraman has honed in on your section! You find yourself instantly bursting with enthusiasm – dancing, ...

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Feng Jianmei and the Central Horror

There is a time for everything. There is a time to mourn.  There is a time to be angry.  There is a time to reflect.  In the recent revelation concerning Feng Jianmei and her daughter, it is time for all three. In mid-June, the story broke.  A 23-year-old Chinese woman, Feng Jianmei, was forced by local family-planning officials to have an abortion. The story in short is this: Feng Jianmei lived in a rural ...

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The Modern Vampire

Vampires are utterly fascinating.  Along with teenage girls across the nation, I have been gobbling up vampire literature and watching all the re-creations of this once-horrific monster of superstition.  Unlike my contemporary group of teenagers, I am not just caught up in idolizing the suave Robert Pattinson. In fact, there is something about these blood-suckers that I relate to, something just… human.  As ...

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Wonder from the Airplane Window

When I fly, I'm captivated by the view. Peering out the window of an airplane gives me a new perspective, as I soar above the earth, far below. Roadways are dotted with tiny, slow-moving cars, each with its own destination. Commercial centers, baseball fields, and residential tracts have been constructed between the forests and lakes that have preceded them. The landscape below is expansive and complex. Loo ...

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Discovering Art – Towards a Product

How far have we come? We found that artists create in a context, with a medium, moving through a process. But where to? Towards a product - the completed piece of artwork. What is this finished creation? It is a gift. Artists create a work that they give to the public. This is risky; and our reception is ruptured with problems. Let’s talk buildings. Architecture is a robust art form. It functions practicall ...

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Summer Anthem Power Rankings

In addition to vacations, pools, beaches, and barbecues, summer has given us some great anthems with which to celebrate the season. A truly great summer hit has got to be more than just a catchy pop song. It must have that indefinable ‘X-factor’ that causes it to repeat endlessly in our heads, that urges us to crank up the volume and roll down the windows, and that commands us to drop what we’re doing and s ...

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