Book Review: Johnny Moon by Mike Palecek

Some historical events take on such significance they become ingrained in a nation’s culture. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is one such event. In part because of the conspiracy theories that have grown up around it, nearly 50 years later we still see a variety of books, both novels and nonfiction, published about […]

Eye opening technology

For reasons not worth detailing here, for the last 25 years or so I only go to ophthalmologists for my eye exams. Once again yesterday that habit paid off.

When the routine of your annual eye exam becomes different than the year before and the year before that, etc., etc., you tend to notice. The […]

Weekend Edition: 10-29

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Consider the context (“A book symbolises the whole intellectual history of mankind; it’s the greatest weapon ever devised in the war against stupidity.”)

Quack Prophet (“Whether it’s the Dead Sea Scrolls or Finnegan’s Wake, there’s a long literary history of taking the garbled and the fragmented and looking […]

Book Review: A History of the World Since 9/11 by Dominic Streatfeild

The main ramifications of historic events are frequently easy to see. Often, though, we overlook the ripples that produce unexpected, or even untended, effects. Take 9/11, for example. It didn’t take a great deal of thought to realize it would bring the U.S. into direct armed conflict with al-Qaeda. And it was barely six weeks […]

Weekend Edition: 10-22

Bulletin Board

As for my weekend, let’s leave it at saying Herman’s Hermits groupies (several years older than me) are not a pretty sight.

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Why We Love the Porn of War (“Really, there isn’t much of a distinction left between porn and snuff, between selling sex and selling death, […]