The Flash Fiction Open continues well [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Some more good entries yesterday in comments on both sides of the blog. I’ll put together a poll over the weekend. Meanwhile, if you’ve been thinking of writing one, you’ve got a few more days.
Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars — The Chronicle of Higher Education weighs in with a completely different perspective. (Thanks to AH.)
Living, growing architecture — Dark Roasted Blend with some pretty amazing images.
Geo-engineering — Discovery with an interesting, albeit somewhat puffy, piece on geo-engineering.
Deleting the Bush Personality Cult from history — More weird stuff from the conservative mind.
The Edge of the American West on George Wallace and the schoolhouse door — His governorship was a blessing to the White Citizens’ Councils, who also believed in their own “respectability” and rewarded Wallace with enduring and unflinching loyalty. This is an important point with obvious contemporary parallels. Segregation (and opposition to interracial marriage) was bigotry, pure and simple, but support for it often wrapped in high minded political and social rhetoric uttered by people who believed their own words. There was never a viable social or moral justification for it. So with opposition to gay marriage — I have yet to see an argument against that wasn’t ultimately based in personal bigotry or religious commandment, neither of which is an appropriate framework for social policy in a constitutional democracy. Contrast with abortion, where I have very strong opinions but recognize a principled opposition to my viewpoint. There is no principled opposition to gay marriage, at least not one I’ve seen any evidence of to date.
?otD: What was the best of times, the worst of times?
Body movement: 5 minutes of mediation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25
This morning’s weigh-in: 230.4
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham