Questionable ministry

I think the Internet was a pretty good idea, despite the fact that there are those paranoid individuals who see it as a tool of great evil. You don’t hear about those people too much these days, but it’s become clear that they were at least partly right: the Internet can definitely lead to destructive […]

Fondly remembering the past

A whole lot of gushy sentimentality Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s "Catcher in the Rye," ends his narration of the story by telling his readers: "Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." It turns out he’s right. Since I’ve been in Seattle for a few years now, I […]

Turning 21 anticlimactic

It’s hard to be content with your social position when you’re surrounded by people who have more rights than you do. As anyone with an elder brother or sister knows, the sheer unfairness of your sibling being granted privileges left and right while you’re told "you can do it when you’re older" can be too […]

Three respected bands return

It’s been about six years since Weezer released an album, and you can’t blame them. After their self-titled debut went multiplatinum, the band’s second album, "Pinkerton," alienated fans and critics alike with its raw sound and ultra-personal lyrics. The disappointed crowds who had been longing for more falsetto sing-alongs and slick pop songs abandoned Weezer […]

End of silence long overdue

The Falcon isn’t exactly a major source of hard-hitting, scandal-mongering journalism, but big things do happen around here once in a while. A few weeks ago, two fairly major issues involving people employed by SPU surfaced; these are the kind of stories that come along about once a year (or twice if you count any […]

IMs inhibit true communication

One of my all-time favorite comic strips is Calvin and Hobbes. Its author, Bill Watterson, is one of the wittiest social critics of our time. There is one strip in which Calvin is attempting to get a good grade on a report by using big, unintelligible words; it ends with Hobbes mentioning something to the […]