If anybody knows how to pull climate data by year....

Especially for western Canada...I'd be grateful. OMG THOUGH. I am trying to put this project together for my students, and I waited until right now because I was like, "oh, pulling max and min temps and precipitation by year will be SO EASY, it'll take like five minutes." WRONG. I keep getting averages over that time… » 3/28/14 5:12am 3/28/14 5:12am

Normally I think we should all deal with trolls as we see fit...

I don't think "don't feed the trolls" is necessarily always the best way. Sometimes, it's good to let off steam. However...may I suggest that in this brave nuKinja world, we all keep our trigger-fingers itchy for "dismiss?" It's already depressing me how quickly the "Highlights" section of an article can become trolly. I… » 3/25/14 12:21am 3/25/14 12:21am

Insightful comment from the "women who write about music" article

I wanted to take a minute to share this, because it really speaks to something I had truly never considered before, although it makes perfect sense. One of the most interesting conversations that popped up on the article was about how many men are skeptical of women with hobbies that read "male" — depressingly, as people … » 3/21/14 11:49am 3/21/14 11:49am

Reminder to self: always read the full post before responding

I'm gonna blame this insane head cold situation and my quickly eroding patience on the "all men aren't like that" article, but I just made a HUGE mistake in responding to a comment. I quickly issued an apology and ETAd the original, but basically I read the first part of the comment in a really heated thread and went OH… » 3/19/14 1:32am 3/19/14 1:32am

Complaints about the True Detective finale are grating my nerves

(ETA: Certain complaints. Plenty of criticism is valid, I'm just having trouble with the ones described below.) Fair warning, this is mostly extra-textual grievance-filing rather than analysis — I have more ideas about this show, but I just first want to say how bugged I am that people are complaining about "unanswered… » 3/10/14 2:31pm 3/10/14 2:31pm

People are weird and I love them, except the terrible/racist ones

Often after I watch an inoffensive movie, I go to the IMDB comments board for the movie to see how out-of-left-field the comment threads are. I started doing this when I realized that the most vitriolic comments are NEVER for the movies I expect. Most recently: I watched Epic the other day, because...fuck it, I don't… » 2/26/14 2:39am 2/26/14 2:39am

Some great throwback baseball journalism to start your day

If you've heard just a little about Glenn Burke, it's probably one or both of the following two things: 1) he is sometimes given credit for being the inventor of the high five; 2) he is often referred to as the "first" gay baseball player, a mantle that is problematic on a few levels,not least because he wasn't ever out… » 2/25/14 10:41am 2/25/14 10:41am