The Death of Chivalry

Is chivalry dead?  I think a lot of people would be willing to believe it is.  It seems that whenever Chivalry is brought up in any context it is all about instructions like, “don’t hit girls,” and, “hold the door for Ladies.”  So I think the first question we have to ask is whether or not we, in a modern context, understand exactly what Chivalry is.  Is Chivalry just a matter of not hitting women but holding the door for them instead?  Actually yes, I would argue that’s about as complicated as it has to be.  Sit tight and I’ll explain.  First though a little history lesson for you all. Continue reading

The Katana: In which Snark Rears its Head

This is a special request I received: “Will you do one about katanas and how they can cut through tanks, rocks and telephone poles?”  The request was made by one of my students, so you can be assured that there may have been a hint of sarcasm in that comment.  At any rate, it’s still something that deserves to be talked about.  First take a minute or six to watch the following video.  Seriously this guy is brilliant.:

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