| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Dang, Eric Hartley wants me to be responsible.
In a private note, which he has given me permission to use, along with his name, he gently reproaches me for the rhetorical excesses in my most recent post on Wikipedia. He has something there, as you will...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 11:47 AM
One of my recent posts on the unreliability of Wikipedia caught the eye of Edward Buckner, a medievalist, who shared with me a paper he has written about deficiencies in an Oxford University study of the reliability of Wikipedia.
You may be aware of a...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:58 AM
The best definition of religious freedom I could find was on Wikipedia: "A principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and action."
Freedom of religion is a right...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
What do you expect from a rock star? I just closed the back cover of Neil Young's “Waging Heavy Peace,” his big anticipated memoir (of sorts), clocking in at 500 pages (75 shy of the rock star-memoir mountain peak established by Keith...
| Oct 1, 2012
My Unbelievably True Life Story
Simon & Schuster: 656 pp., $35
It's much too early to predict the nature of Arnold Schwarzenegger's final Wikipedia entry, much less his...
| May 23, 2012
| 3:09 PM
When I head to Iceland, it’s becoming increasingly probable that I will get to interview Reykjavik’s comedian-mayor and an expert on Europe’s largest ice mass—in other words, covering all of my primary interests not basketball-...
| May 24, 2012
| 4:27 PM
When Matt Barr was 15 years old, he "somehow" got from his hometown of Austin, Texas, to Dallas and into a screening of Kevin Costner's 1999 film "For Love of the Game." He walked up to the actor and told him, "Someday I'm going to grow up and play your...
| May 27, 2012
| 4:00 PM
Should you be overwhelmed by your problems — or maybe you're just involved with someone who considers their personal needs of greater cosmic significance than you think they merit — then an evening spent in the company of Ontroerend Goed...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 8:33 PM
For the second consecutive year, Costa Mesa received an award from a national nonprofit that grades government transparency.
The city received one of 250 Sunny Awards from the Sunshine Review, which analyzed 7,000 agencies nationwide, according to a city...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 10:17 AM
The Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival is smaller than it once was, but the event remains dedicated to honoring the legacy of America's First Lady of Song. This year's festival will happen April 27 and will feature R&B vocalist Freddie Jackson.
| Mar 25, 2013
As early as kindergarten, all students in Illinois could be engaged in science and engineering practices, from analyzing data to defining problems and designing solutions.
By high school they'd be deep into engineering design and investigating solutions...