Month: June 2010

  • Free & Legal Benny Goodman MP3s

    Direct links to the best Benny Goodman mp3s I have found on archive.org. Free & Legal!

  • The English Expert

    True story of Abdyli Vasjari, an English teacher imprisoned by Albania’s communist regime who later taught at University of Vlore. Can a scholar in his 60s thrive at a post-communism university? By Robert Nagle.

  • Why CNN doesn’t do global warming

    Ross Gelbspan about why CNN doesn’t do good coverage of climate change: One of the first impacts of climatic instability is an increase in weather extremes – longer droughts, more heat waves, more severe storms and the fact that we get much more of our rain and snow in intense, severe downpours. That is reflected…

  • Google Docs is ….useless?

    I just discovered something NASTY: the HTML export on Google docs is totally useless. BR tags everywhere instead of P tags. What was google/writerly thinking? Over the last year or two I have been keeping more and more of my personal documents and record keeping  on Google Docs, mainly for safety reasons. Recently I wrote…

  • Linkdump: Cultural and Literary

    First, I am reading and very much enjoying Steven Moore’s landmark book on the Novel: An Alternative History. (Read this review by Steven Donoghue which is extensive and critical though somewhat fair): If authors had any genuine talent for categorization, they’d be accountants. Authors are nitwits – that’s what makes them holy; it’s the critic’s…

  • Linkdump: Ecology and Social Science

    I’ll be attending TedX Houston on Saturday.  Come grab me if you see me. 10 Ways Cities Can kick the offshore oil habit. Here’s a beautifully written story about North Korean economic problems. Related: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary lives in North Korea. 10 Studies on Meat and Global Warming. From the University of Chicago Study:…

  • Just One Thing

    Jed Perl on the virtues of not trying to publish writings by a person when they weren’t intended to be published: Writing, before it is anything else, is a way of clarifying one’s thoughts. This is obviously true of forms such as the diary, which are inherently solitary. But even those of us who write…

  • Some Amazing Podcasts & Video

    Patrick McClean tells a true 30 minute audio story about getting shot. Hilarious, sardonic and profound.  I had blogged about Patrick McClean in 2006 . Here’s some of his best storytelling pieces.  By the way, it’s not really a story, but the Hans Solo Theory is intriguing. McClean now is blogging more regularly (not just…

  • Pushback on Social Media

    Mike Phillips on Digg being dead: The biggest problem with Digg in the past was that unless you devoted serious time to it and knew how to work the system, you had little hope of ever making the front page. The only stories that made the front page were typically those voted up by voting…

  • 2 Fave Twitters

    Tom Tomorrow: Sometimes Twitter feels like a bunch of blindfolded, gagged ppl trying to communicate. This isn’t social media, it’s a fetish party. Tiny Revolution: I wonder if there’s an amount of aid we could give Israel that would get them to stop killing Americans. Seriously, I have never been tempted to twit something in…

  • Pseudo-journalists with a camera

    Simon Owens on how activists with a camera practice gotcha journalism: But what should be pointed out above all else is that Thomas did not seek out the spotlight to air these views. She did not say them during a speech before a university or include them in one of her columns. She had an…

  • Review: Feed Your Pet Right, Marion Nestle

    (Occasionally I do book reviews which start out as a paragraph, but turn out to be longer than expected. I think I will start doing more in-depth book reviews. I usually do a lot of book reviews and movie reviews on my Reading/Writing Section on the navigation bar (2010, 2009, etc). This is an excellent…

  • Israel’s brazen actions go unpunished….again

    I really hate to blog about topical events, but this one irks me in particular.   I have been totally overlooking  the festering wound in Gaza. If you are looking for reliable sources on the Palestinian side, try Juan Cole’s Informed Consent blog  and the blog of Ali Abunimah of the always great Electronic Intifada). What…