More marginalia

With the weekend and holiday approaching and putting things on the agenda, time for another installment of marginalia, with this one all over the board. More substantive posts, including a couple book reviews, will be forthcoming between now and yearend.

  • It appears Rapid City might get a hockey team in the next year and a half or so. There’s evidently interest in a USHL franchise or a Central Hockey League (CHL) team. The CHL is “AA” league hockey with teams located mainly in the southern U.S. Some of the CHL teams are affiliated with NHL teams. The USHL, in contrast, is a junior hockey development league where the kids are generally trying to get NCAA Division I scholarships. And contrary to the RCJ article, the USHL is not a “semi-professional” league
  • Even if you’ve never listened to the podcast, you will probably get a kick out of the questions Slate’s Explainer didn’t/couldn’t answer this year.
  • GalleyCat asks something that’s always bothered me, particularly as I write book reviews for online publication. Why do publishing houses want review copy requests on letterhead? One publicist gives an answer that indicates it’s not a hard and fast rule and that there are reasons for it, although I think it’s awfully easy to avoid the perceived problem.
  • I have “collected” a copy of each Hugo Award-winning novel but they certainly are not necessarily collector’s editions. SF Bookworm has some good suggestions on imprints that are good choices if you’re interested in collecting SF books.
  • Oddpeak gives us a look at what it calls amazing propaganda posters.

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

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