Month: March 2007Page 1 of 2

Are We Evolving?

Not much sign of it in this Newsweek poll. Among its findings: Nearly half of all Americans believe that evolution is not well supported by evidence and is…

Cute

How to Moonwalk

Step-by step-instructions here.

My Sweet Lord

Looks like the Roger Smith Hotel in New York has caved in to demands from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights to remove the art piece…

Swim, Swim, Swim!

Are you in shape for following step 12 in the instructions shown in the screen capture? Via Google Blogoscoped. While at GB, check out Raymond Chandler’s 1953 mention…

John McCain Supports Gay Marriage, “Particularly Between Passionate Females”

… according to his website. Explanation: he was stealing images (ripping off bandwidth) for his myspace site and the image host retaliated with a little prank. I know…

Pandas Are Getting into Publishing

Publishers have been accused of pandering to an ignorant public. The time has come to panda to them instead. And researchers at a giant panda reserve in southern…

Windows Most Secure OS

according to Symantec. Its tests show the operating systems fall out this way, from most to least secure: Windows (Vista?) Linux Mac OS X HP-UX The full story,…

Mambo de la Luna

Lately I’ve been listening to Kirsty MacColl’s Tropical Brainstorm … mostly at work, however, as folks at home are getting a little tired of it. Click below for…

Dolling Up the Classics

Is the attractiveness of authors directly related to their promotability in the minds of publishers today? Certainly to judge by the photos on their dust jackets, authors have…

Ochre Ellipse

Over at Mumbling Mynah Jonas is offering copies of his graphic book Ochre Ellipse for just $3.00. The cover is shown. “What I was trying to do,” he…

Worlds of Words

Serious fiction writers think about moral problems practically. They tell stories. They narrate. They evoke our common humanity in narratives with which we can identify, even though the…

Book Publishing Glossary

To accommodate the new comment from BR, I’m moving the following post from my old blog, Frozen Coagulated Culture, over here. This provides a place for people to…

Outlook grim for writers

According to a story in the Independent, authors’ income has fallen in recent years. In the UK the top 10 percent of authors take home more than half…

Helvetica, the Poster

The official Helvetica movie poster.

How to Read a Book

Reading, says Susan Elderkin, in the Financial Times, has become “a highly stressful business.” The main trouble, it seems, is that there are just too many books. How…

Why we need music

Nerve impulses are based on sound not electricity.

Mayas Perform Critical Purification Ritual

I returned recently from el mundo maya, where I visited several sacred sites. As far as I am aware, no purification ritual was required after my visits. The…

The Dead and the Unknown

Recently I was doing a loooong overdo update of my rolodex (actually a filemaker pro database these days). The file began, as I recall, as an Alpha4 database…

Windmills

Over at Frisco Vista I’ve posted a photo of a windmill in Golden Gate Park and, for comparison, one in Bruges, Belgium. Well, I guess I’m on a…

Another Book Review Folding

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the L.A. Times will cease to publish its book review as a separate section. That would mean that the only stand-alone…

Absurd Headline of the Day

Bush Heads for Latin America to Counter Appeal of Chávez The headline appeared in the Guardian (where they actually put the diacritic in Chávez’s name). I mean, Bush…

Adjectives banned in Baltimore

What is there to say about this curious story?

We’re in Trouble

Eric and Kristen are in unfamiliar territory. They have only known one another a few weeks, but they have decided they are already deeply, madly in love. Tha’s…