June 4th, 2009


catching up

I haven't posted a lot of catching up stuff recently. It's been an odd mix of having nothing terribly interesting going on, punctuated by periods of lots of stuff going on, but not having time to sit down and sort through it.

This week M. and I started on the yardwork proper. Shears procured, bushes thwacked, and some work done on the bamboo in the backyard. I say some work because the bamboo itself is a full time job by itself. Seriously, if any of you own a panda, I can totally hook you up. Just keep it in mind.

Yardwork's become a priority also because we've got the party coming up. It's the first actual party at the new joint, so we want everything looking nice. M. and the housemate have done a bunch of work getting the grill situation together and other planning.

M.'s birthday is next week too. Trying to sneak in some nice plans for that in between everything else.

So, yeah. This and that. Sure there's other things I'm forgetting. Also a general undercurrent of other bureaucratic crap, including possibly my third stint on jury duty. Sorting out insurance crap, updating child support yet again, etc. Trying not to let the mess get to me. Plans in the work to get some minis gaming in, possibly in VA. Catching up with friends I haven't seen in too long. This and that.


Tiananmen, Oprah, and Al Franken

* Obama's big speech: text here. Comments by Chris Cillizza and Michael Scherer. Plus coverage of the coverage by Howard Kurtz.
* Twenty years ago today, students stood up to tanks in Tiananmen Square. Bonus: the Explainer, on how the Chinese government talks about what happened.
* Robert Reich wonders why we're bailing out GM.
* In case you missed it, Al Franken still hasn't been sworn in to the Senate.
* 44 to go: New Hampshire legalizes gay marriage.
* Social reform in Saudi Arabia moves very slowly.
* Nice. Newsweek takes on Oprah and the anti-vaccine crowd.
* Famed actor David Carradine passed away.