What to Make of Finnegans Wake? — Michael Chabon is interesting.
How an Abandoned Walmart Became an Award-Winning Public Library — This is pretty cool. (Thanks to
Library Copyright Alliance: Kirtsaeng case threatens library lending — Interesting set of issues around foreign copyrights. (Thanks to
Master forger comes clean about tricks that fooled art world for four decades — Ken Perenyi’s memoir reveals how natural cracks and discoloured varnish would deceive even seasoned experts. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)
75 Years Since The Hindenburg Disaster — Some awesome airship photos. (Via AH.)
Stand up if you want to live longer as it could increase your life by two years — Watching less than two hours of TV a day could increase lifetime by 18 months.
Landing on Other Planets: Seven Minutes of Terror — NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and the Rube Goldberg landing process.
Now That the Weather Is Going Crazy, Americans Believe In Climate Change Again — Sigh. It really isn’t about the weather, except in the very large aggregate.
States and industry get a legal smackdown on climate — An appeals court draws an informative line between science and policy. Gee, I wonder if that has anything to do with climate change denial being a combination of ideology, business self-interest and willfully bad science?
Mysterious fatal crash offers rare look at U.S. commando presence in Mali — Uh, yeah. Feel safer?
States with Highest White Teen Births most Opposed to Obamacare — Nope. Nothing to see here in the moral heartland of real America. Move along, citizen.
Mitt Romney: It makes sense to use a TelePrompter — Sure, if you’re a Republican. For Obama, it’s a sign of intellectual weakness and lack of authenticity. Double standards on the American Right? Unpossible! (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)
Has the Obama Campaign Gotten Under Romney’s Skin? — Confidential to Mitt: when your entire campaign is based on carefully constructed distortions of your public record and deep confidentiality about your personal life, you make a pretty easy target. Running for president makes you a very public person subject to intense scrutiny. Just ask your dad.
Mitt’s Gray Areas — Once upon a time a rich man named Romney ran for president. He could claim, with considerable justice, that his wealth was well-earned, that he had in fact done a lot to create good jobs for American workers. Nonetheless, the public understandably wanted to know both how he had grown so rich and what he had done with his wealth; he obliged by releasing extensive information about his financial history. But that was 44 years ago.
How the Failures of the Bush Administration Made Romney’s Nomination Possible — The effects of Bush’s disastrous tenure were so extensive that they continued to batter the new majority party and thus provide an opening for a wholly undeserved Republican comeback in record time.
?otD: Did you see the dawn?
Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (1.5 hours on Going to Extremes outline, 1.5 hours on workshop crit)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.5 (interrupted)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate