Author Archives: Thomas Mets

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. Currently, I’m writing a few comic books about my grandparents’ experiences in Soviet Estonia for Grayhaven comics. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com

Could an Independent Win the White House?

I saw this question on a political forum, and realized the answer depends on what you mean. It would be very difficult for a third party nominee to win the presidency in the current American system. A ticket with two moderate … Continue reading

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Movies Watched in 2017 Part 3

This is a continuation of thoughts on films I’ve watched this year. Part 1. Part 2. My goal is to watch ten movies from every decade (with the silent era until 1929 counting as one decade) recording various details. After … Continue reading

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Assessments

This was something I wrote for a class on Education. The most important element of an effective assessment seems to be the information it provides. An assessment isn’t particularly useful if it doesn’t demonstrate what a student knows, and where … Continue reading

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30th Anniversary of Kraven’s Last Hunt

A few days ago, I saw a comic convention on Kraven’s Last Hunt, and wrote it up for the Spider-Man Crawlspace. DeMatteis believes that he has written better stories; better Spider-Man stories even, However when he’s at conventions, a third … Continue reading

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Advisory

This was something I wrote for a class on education on the topic of Advisory, a portion of Middle School classes devoted to helping students with their nonacademic lives. After reading the articles on advisory programs and classroom management, I … Continue reading

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American Sniper and Socially-Conscious Criticism

Jamie Weinman’s piece on socially conscious criticism got me thinking about the flaws of the approach: it has a preference for bluntness over subtlety. I’m reminded on one relatively recent example: the years-old debate about whether American Sniper was too … Continue reading

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Debates and ELLs

This was something I wrote for a class on Education on whether debate can help ELL (English Language Learner) students. I’m a fan of NPR’s Intelligence Squared podcast, which offers hours long Oxford style debates on contemporary issues. I also … Continue reading

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