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David Anthony Colarusso - Sadly not Havoc Dinosaur
Intermittent musings on the law, science, education, technology, design, and life. Also, I build things: furniture, software, reasoned arguments... To learn more about that, click a persona below for my eponymous website.

So Long and Thanks for All the the Fi[lm]

by David Colarusso - April 13th, 2013

Slightly Mad Science!
Jamie Nichols, winner of the First Annual Phylm Prize.

Since 2007, I’ve run the Annual Phylm Prize. Pronounced “film,” a portmanteau of physics and film, the prize aimed to spur the creation of physics videos on the web. It’s a name I’ve given a number of physics/film projects–including a curricular unit for physics teachers. I presented the unit at the 2003 summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers. After moving to teach physics in Edinburgh and becoming a YouTube user, I launched the Phylm Prize to help the lesson’s spirit live on while I taught away from my home school.

This year, I’m sorry to say, I’m throwing in the towel. Last year’s prize didn’t attract a critical mass or entries, and I fear that without promotion beyond my means, the same would be true this year. That’s right, the Phylm Prize is on an indefinite hiatus. That being said, the goal of the prize was to foster the creation of quality educational content on the web, and I am happy to say that a few of the prize’s alumni have risen to the level of minor Internet celebrities. That being said, I thought I’d take this blog post as an opportunity to remember where we’ve been.

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A Scout is Reverent; A Scout is Brave: What to Do About the Ban on Gay Scouts

by David Colarusso - April 7th, 2013

As a boy I considered becoming a priest. A large part of the appeal was the example set by my pastor, Father Dan. A Jesuit and former English teacher whose homilies referenced Calvin and Hobbs, Father Dan was an intelligent and compassionate man who made you believe you could be better than you were. I came to know Father Dan outside of mass through scouting. Although my troop met across town at a Methodist church, Father Dan helped several of us earn our Ad Altare Dei, an award presented by the Catholic Church to scouts for study of their Catholic faith. I would later receive my Eagle on the same spot where I first received communion.

The Ad Altare Dei is one of many such awards earned by scouts, and I remember thinking at the time how inclusive the Scouts were. If I had been Jewish I could have studied and received the Ner Tamid, Hindu the Dharma, Islamic the Name of God, Baha’i the Unity of Mankind, Buddhist the Sangha, or Baptist the God and Church. In total, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recognizes awards from a little over three dozen faiths and faith affiliations (such as the Protestant and Independent Christian Churches). Many of these faiths disagree over the nature of God, not to mention, the details of how best to live a moral life. Yet, their members proudly proclaim themselves scouts, alongside those they might otherwise condemn. Why, because they believe in something bigger, scouting’s mission to provide youth with the tools to realize their potential.

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What’s In a Name?

by David Colarusso - March 23rd, 2013

I’ve known since college that “sadly not havoc dinosaur” is an anagram of my full name, and I’ve been a bad blogger for many years. Only recently, however, did it occur to me that I could combine these two things.

So today, I am unveiling SadlyNotHavocDinosaur.com, my re-branded blog. Does this re-branding signal renewed interest on my part and perhaps more frequent postings… Only time will tell.

George Washington Riding Atop a Bald Eagle…

by David Colarusso - June 16th, 2012

Last week’s doodles gave birth to this. For an explanation and a larger image, click here or on the image below.

George Washington Riding Atop a Bald Eagle...

My Week In Marlborough

by David Colarusso - June 13th, 2012


Dave with his aviators, striking his best pose.

I’ve been out in Marlborough this week for training at the Best Western. Our days have been packed full of classes on the Fifth Amendment, addiction, car stops, and field sobriety testing. It’s a reunion of sorts for the attorneys who started at CPCS back in October of 2011, and I’ve been happy to reconnect with my training cohort, including a few classmates from BU. Of course, when faced with day-long training sessions, it’s important to develop strategies to help take everything in. I happen to be a big doodler, and there’s at least some evidence to suggest this is a good thing. Luckily, the Best Western provides us with fresh note pads everyday.


Tom and Jeff, guys with glasses and great hair.

Anywho, one of my old classmates, Dave from BU, started things off by handing me a still life he drew of his sun glasses. This prompted me to capture the essence of the candy bowl and water pitcher on our table (see below). He then asked for a drawing of himself, and the flood gates opened. A fellow table-mate, Charu, suggested that I share the doodles somehow, hence this posting. Actually, she suggested that I share all of this week’s doodles, but I decided against it as the majority of Monday and Tuesday’s doodles were variations on George Washington riding atop a bald eagle while battling robots. Trust me; It’s a thing (read through to the bottom). I consider the Washington image a work in progress. So I’m not ready to share it yet, but don’t worry, its time will come. [Update: It’s here.]

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