A List of Things I’d Want to Say to Alien Life Forms

The New Yorker ran an article yesterday by Joshua Rothman titled “The Man Who Speaks for Earth.” It’s about Douglas Vakotch’s recent anthology, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. Vakotch is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at SETI, which means that his job is, as you can guess from his title, to compose messages sent out toContinue reading “A List of Things I’d Want to Say to Alien Life Forms”

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The Unbearable Banality of Knock-Knock Jokes

Keep in mind: Three children, 9, 5, and not quite 2.  My elder daughter posts a knock-knock joke to Facebook: Knock knock Who’s there? Owl. Owl who? Yep, that’s what they say… Yes, it is terrible.  She is passing on her own suffering, as her manager said it to her.  I, in turn, passed itContinue reading “The Unbearable Banality of Knock-Knock Jokes”

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