Weekend Edition: 1-24

Random Observations

Two contributors to Open Democracy nail it when it comes to the politics of most political blogs. An excerpt:

The democratising possibilities of the internet are in the process of speeding the degeneration of the public sphere into a proliferation of insular nodes, each fighting a war that can never be won. Battles […]

Time to be pulling those heads out of the sand

I’ve been hearing the line for months now. The Sioux Falls economy is such that we are relatively immune from the recession or, at worst, there will be limited impact. Whether it was optimism, hope or delusion, the last 24 hours or so demonstrates that head-in-the-sand feeling should be replaced by the consternation expereicned across […]

Meme-ing another book list

As part of an ongoing series, the U.K.’s Guardian has listed, by author’s last name, the 124 science fiction and fantasy novels everyone “must” read. I’ll admit there’s some I’ve never heard of (mostly published 80 or more years ago) and some that surprise me as coming within the category.

Anyway, John at SF Signal […]

Booking Through Thursday: Inspiration

Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?

To a certain extent, it’s that line: “So many books, so little time.” Reading has been one of my favorite pastimes for as long as I can remember and there’s just so many books I want to read […]

Midweek Music Moment: Terry Kath

When Rolling Stone announced its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003, there were plenty of letters and comments complaining about artists excluded (and some who were included). Yet there was one wholly inexcusable omission — Terry Kath.

Kath was the lead guitarist of Chicago until his untimely (and foolish) death […]