- I’m not surprised because it’s happened before. The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its annual awards last Saturday. As a member, I get to vote and, again, not a single book I voted for is on the list. Moreover, I haven’t read any of them. Once again, can you spell “illiterati”?
- Winner blog wonder Doug Viken has started the SD Science Cafe and All-Night Coffee House to serve up material related to science and technology in South Dakota.
Zen Thought of the Week
- A bank time and temperature sign I drove by Thursday said “-0”. Is -0 colder than 0?
Blog Headlines of the Week
- What Do Bush and Obama Have in Common? Weak Democrats
- Mathematician Uses SETI Formula To Determine He Has A 0.00034 Change Of Getting Laid
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- A reading list for the singularity.
- The American Library Association has announced its 2010 list of notable books for adults. I’ve read two of the dozen fiction selections and one-third of the 12 nonfiction picks — and two of the latter were the joint pick for my nonfiction book of the year.
- Is it time to write off literary magazines? (Via.)
- Bud Parr gives us a mind map of the modern reader.
- For some reason, this surprises me: there are as many biographies of Joan of Arc as there are of Abraham Lincoln.
- A variety of international groups have produced a public domain manifesto. (Via.)
- Evidently football requires only a short attention span.
- Sure, blame it on the systsem. (Via.)
- Does the Citizens United decision mean “the Roberts court has lost its virginity” on judicial restraint? (Via.)
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies