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On Sunday, the Discovery Channel will show the first video of the giant squid in its natural habitat, at 8pm/7 central. I'm not generally inclined to post TV listings at the Tracker, but this one intrigues me. I read Jules Verne's "20,...

On Sunday, the Discovery Channel will show the first video of the giant squid in its natural habitat, at 8pm/7 central. I'm not generally inclined to post TV listings at the Tracker, but this one intrigues me. I read Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a kid, and I saw the Disney movie starring James Mason as Capt. Nemo, and I've been intrigued by the giant squid ever since. (Wikipedia describes the film as an early example of steampunk. This observation is in parentheses because it has nothing whatever to do with what I'm talking about.)

It turns out that the giant squid is a shiny silver color, making it look in real life more like some robotic demon than it did in the illustrations that generally accompany Verne's tale. Arikia Millikan has...

The other day I was watching CBS Sunday Morning with my (almost) five-year-old, delighted that he was willing to click away from Cartoon Network for a few minutes to watch the news. We hadn't been watching five minutes when Charles Osgood introduced a segment on pole dancing. I dove for the clicker as we watched a...

The other day I was watching CBS Sunday Morning with my (almost) five-year-old, delighted that he was willing to click away from Cartoon Network for a few minutes to watch the news. We hadn't been watching five minutes when Charles Osgood introduced a segment on pole dancing. I dove for the clicker as we watched a sinewy blonde corkscrew down a silver pole for several agonizing seconds before the cable box lurched back to Quick Draw McGraw. Henry didn't ask what that was, or why I'd changed the channel. And I didn't volunteer an explanation.

We've had similar experiences while watching the Science Channel's How It's Made, one of Henry's favorite shows. (Henry knows what's at the center of a bowling ball. Do you?) Interesting shows about the manufacture of...