Weekend Edition: 11-29

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Where Is America’s Real Youth Rebellion? (“The dream of youthful rebellion is so intense and so ubiquitous exactly because actual youthful rebellion has never been so dead.”)
  • The Origins of Aggressive Atheism (“It is hard not to come to the conclusion that atheists have spent a far greater deal of time thinking and writing about religion than religious people ever have of atheists as a group.”)

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The three true ages of man are youth, middle age, and how the fuck did I get old so soon?

Stephen King, Revival

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Weekend Edition: 11-15

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Winter Is a Black Hole: How I Deal With Seasonal Depression (“The challenge to me each winter is in finding ways to work with feeling low like depression is some stupid, inconvenient friend who needs a place to crash for a few months and who also wants to shit all over my floor.”)
  • What Washington Refuses To Admit (“…the leadership in both parties cannot help themselves when they have a big shiny military and see something they don’t like happening in the world.”)

(Rear) Blog Headlines of the Week

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Depression is melancholy minus its charms.

Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

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The annual question

Some things have never changed in my nearly 60 years in South Dakota. One is the question that pops up When winter’s cold arrives each year. “Why in the hell do I live here?” In fact, when I think about it, it comes to mind any number of times between November and April.

Don’t get me wrong. I love it here for at least half of the year. But I still wonder why I haven’t rebelled against the cold and snow at some point over the last several decades. And another question inevitably comes to mind. Why in the world did settlers in this area stay in the first place?

Yes, I intellectually grasp the impact of the Homestead Act and the railroads’ push to link the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest. My wonder is more practical. Today, central heat and air conditioning are staples of life. Regardless of the insulation it provided, I can’t see making it through a winter in a sod house on a treeless prairie. Then consider the fact people were creating lives here before the creation of what is today’s National Weather Service. Even today, we’re surprised how quickly beautiful weather can turn into a blizzard. Imagine being on a long trek by horse or wagon to the nearest “town” or otherwise being a good way from home when the beautiful sunny morning becomes a whiteout by afternoon.

There’s no doubt I wouldn’t have survived as a settler on the plains. But still, why in the hell do I live here in the winter?


Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.”

Robert Bryne

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Weekend Edition: 11-8

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • The War of the Words (“… in the end it is a dispute that comes down to different visions of the future of the written word.”)
  • Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus (“In ‘God-fearing America’ the poor are now the ‘takers,’ no longer the ‘least of these,’ and many conservative evangelicals side with today’s Pharisees, attacking the poor in the name of following the Bible.”)

Website of the Week

  • The Internet Arcade provides nearly 1,000 classic coin-op arcade games you can play in your browser

Bookish Linkage

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Books! Best weapons in the world.

The Doctor, Dr. Who, “Tooth and Claw

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Things I should blog about

There’s plenty of stuff crossing my radar that I really should write something about. But for what is probably the sixth time or more, I’m again pulling out Hugh Prather’s observation, “If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing then the desire is not to write.” So, what the hell, here’s some of the stuff I been thinking about blogging about — and still might.

  • When I had my blood tests for and my annual physical last week, I was asked screening questions for Ebola. This included not only if I’d traveled to one of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa within the last 21 days but whether I’ve had close contact with a person or a dead body of someone known or suspected to have Ebola.
  • I don’t think the mayor and others would be quite so eager to save the snowplow art if one of the plows had “Allahu Akbar” painted on it.
  • Somewhat related is why atheists seem to be the most hated group in the U.S.
  • The tax protester movement of the ’70s and ’80s becoming the “sovereign citizen” movement and the craziness displayed in the frivolous litigation it generates.
  • Bookishly: books I don’t know if I want to read; books I hated that everyone else loved; great books I know I’ll never read; what books I consider to have influenced me most (there’s a similar music one floating out there, too)

Someday you might see one or more of these topics on the blog — or not.


The trouble with procrastination is that people give up on it too soon.

Robert Brault

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Weekend Edition: 11-1

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • My Grandma The Poisoner (“Of course, the longer you stayed with Grandma, the more likely something bad would happen to you.”)

Website of the Week

  • You can now read original records from the Salem Witch Trials as well as modern transcripts

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Sometimes I wish I wasn’t me
But I guess it’s better than being you

The Uninvited, “Better Than You,” Artificial Hip

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