Weekend Edition: 8-29

Bulletin Board

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Blog Headline of the Week

Man firing at dragonflies shoots buddy in the head.

Interweb Stuff I […]

Friday Follies 1.11

Epitomizing the saw, “can’t take a joke,” woman sues her daughter-in-law, a professional comedian, for spreading false, defamatory and racist lies with in-law jokes. (Via.)

On the other hand, lawyer jokes “are OK” if you’re worried about getting sued. (Via.)

A good corollary to don’t drink and drive: don’t get tanked and tweet.

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Midweek Music Moment: No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded

I grew up with Led Zeppelin. I even remember standing in a music store in the Twin Cities in about 1970 listening to “Whole Lotta Love” from Led Zeppelin II speed around me on the latest technological breakthrough, quadraphonic stereo. (Who’d a thunk it would take home theater setups before that concept really took hold.) […]

Reading in space

So, you’re going to spend a few months on the International Space Station and need a few diversions. Since you just can’t stroll to the nearest library or video store and even Amazon and Netflix don’t deliver there, you’ve got to hope it’s got some good entertainment on hand. Some idea of what’s available came […]

Book Review: Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin

Some authors take time creating an overall feel for their book. But when you’re writing a novella of well under 100 pages, you don’t have much time to set the tone. Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin doesn’t waste any establishing the tenor of Beauty Salon. He does it with the first two sentences: “A few years […]