The Nitpicking of the Masses vs. the Authority of the Experts. In reference to Wikipedia, but I clicked the title because I thought, “what a great title to compare weblogging to professional journalism” ... at least, as practiced by many. The actual article ends as my fiction would: neither is a clear benefit, as practiced. Yet the potential for surpassing excellence sits unfulfilled, like an empty electric chair.
Hastert donates Abramoff-linked money. Convenient timing; hold on to the illicit green until absolutely necessary to chuck it, then unceremoniously drop it off to a charity so the religious base will smile upon their salacious and ‘deeply-felt’ remorse. Deep as the complicity, the collusion itself.
Abramoff, DeLay, etc. etc. ... O tempora, O mores. Or rather, Verres and his province.
SF New Mexican:
Mini-cattle. For the poky cowpoke.
I ain’t believin’ this.
Turn up your sound. Reminds me of those dreadful but hilariously funny furniture commercials in Knoxville in the late ‘70’s, post-Empire Strikes Back, starring “Yo-del and the Dark Inflator” ...
photographic model releases (scroll down).
How to be a Corporate Blogger. Exploring the fine line between tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth ...
The 2006 Bloggies
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Have scientists found Mozart’s skull? Eine kleine grave robbery.
Bibble 4.5. Reportedly improves Canon .CR2 color rendering.
Debate over eavesdropping grows. “Newsweek reports that Mr. Ashcroft refused to overturn his deputy’s decision, which means the White House may have gone ahead with the program without the support of the Justice Department at that time.”
Putin turns the taps back on. Cold comfort.
NY Times Science:
NY Times Books:
Who ever contemplated that Janet Maslin would be reviewing fiction about weblogging?
NY Times Washington:
G.O.P. Lobbyist to Plead Guilty in Deal With Prosecutors. Like I said, I hope Abramoff is under armed guard. There’s going to be a lot of unhappy pols when he opens his mouth.
London Review of Books:
If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it ...
SF New Mexican:
Odds are on for a dry winter, dry spring.
And another ...
NY Times Business:
SF New Mexican:
Follow-up. Remember those stolen explosives in Albuquerque? They’ve been found.
Happy New Year!
And 2006 kicks in with some ripping winds. Advisory until 6pm tonight. Somebody got snow, but it “weren’t us” down here at 7k altitude. Probably 8k or over. I did hear the rattle of ice hitting the windows last night; nary a smidge of evidence this morning. Freeze-dried by the winds, I suppose. Wind chill on the weather sites say 30’s; I think it’s a load of hokum. It feels a lot colder. I’m not even going to try lighting a fire ... it would have to be built up to forest-fire proportions before the chimney would draw, with these gusts.
What Man May Learn, What Man May Do.
What man may learn, what man may do,
Of right or wrong of false or true,
While, skipper-like, his course he steers
Through nine and twenty mingled years,
Half misconceived and half forgot,
So much I know and practise not.
Old are the words of wisdom, old
The counsels of the wise and bold:
To close the ears, to check the tongue,
To keep the pining spirit young;
To act the right, to say the true,
And to be kind whate’er you do.
Thus we across the modern stage
Follow the wise of every age;
And, as oaks grow and rivers run
Unchanged in the unchanging sun,
So the eternal march of man
Goes forth on an eternal plan.
- Robert Louis Stevenson.