- 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