January 19th, 2012


this, that

Z.'s birthday festivities went rather well. And lord, that girl has more stuffed animals than, uh, a Teddy Roosevelt museum gift shop? Sorry, I didn't come up with a second half there. Nonetheless, she is well spoiled. The stuffed Android was probably the biggest hit. It's obtusely large.

Next Monday, hitting book club for the first time since forever. To keep true to form, I didn't (re-)read the book, although I will try to get some of that done this weekend, time permitting. Will be great seeing that crowd, at any rate.

M. is heading out of town next week, leaving me with run of the house for a bit. Will try to take the time to catch up on some painting as opposed to, you know, just playing a bunch of Team Fortress.

And there's a vague plan in the work for me to take a couple days visiting someone cool in NYC. Fingers crossed that pans out too, it's been too long. And of course it's in winter, because these days I seem to be much more cold-sensitive than I was when I was a young lad.


Smog in China, evolution, and a puppet Manos

* Man, if only someone had known superPACs were a bad idea. Wait.
* "It's time to talk to the Taliban."
* Interesting! Examining how the public views the Supreme Court.
* Gallery: "The smog that ate Beijing."
* Are law schools lying about their employment numbers?
* "We could greatly improve the quality of our political debates if we simply held to the philosophers' rule of understanding and charitably formulating our opponents' views."
* The highs and lows of campaign reporting. Good reads.
* So, why do so many people have problems with accepting evolution?
* Finally, a puppet show about the making of Manos: the Hands of Fate.