Transitional marginalia

Continuing the transition from too many doses of the political to normalcy (including a review, albeit of a politically tinged book, Monday), here’s some accumulated general marginalia. An installment specifically related to books and reading comes later today.

  • Federal immigration authorities have announced a redesigned test with 100 new “civics” questions immigrants will have to answer to become U.S. citizens. I wonder just how many American-born high school students and adults would be able to get a passing grade.
  • If you haven’t already heard, Times Select is a bust and the NY Times is swinging open its current content and most of its archive doors. This, of course, comes within a month after I discovered that my subscription to the Book Review automatically qualified me for Times Select.
  • Talk about bad timing, Sirius once again has a channel devoted exclusively to Springsteen, including rare bootlegs. It started up today, three days after our subscription to Sirius was terminated. (I didn’t know about the Springsteen channel when I told Sirius we didn’t want to renew.)
  • List 1: The Top 20 Most Bizarre Experiments of All Time. (Via.)
  • List 2: The World’s Weirdest/Stupidest Conspiracy Theories. I wasn’t previously aware that Stephen King had killed John Lennon. (Via.)
  • I knew there was a reason why I didn’t exercise very much.  (Via.)

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive

Title track, Jackson Browne, Running On Empty

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