Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bye-Bye Bloglines Blogaround

Getting rid of old bookmarked posts from Bloglines before I blow that bookmark away forever, adding in a few new saved clippings from the current app I'm using to read my RSS subs (NetNewsWire, which syncs with Google Reader and actually updates all my friends' LiveJournals so I can finally keep up with those as well), and generally seeing how much better I feel if I can get this done:

• You think I had problems? Pfeh. A kidney stent inserted to help get rid of a nasty infection (to be followed by zapping of a couple stones) is nothing compared to what PZ Myers has been through. First came the warning signs, in plenty of time to get things on the right track. Then he got some stents of his own. Now he reflects on lessons learned because he listened to his logical side instead of his emotional one.

• Of course I need to pass along few choice posts from Jill, such as a nice take-down of Robert Gibbs, a scrumptious Northern travelogue, and the danger that lurks for local NJ activists. I find most everything Jill writes to be brilliant (and not just at breakfast), but then I have for 30+ years.

• Paul Krugman also has a few choice words for Mr. Gibbs. And here's Keith Olbermann's response via Crooks & Liars:

• Ted Rall, currently risking his life in Afghanistan for the cause of independent graphic journalism (along with Matt Bors and Stephen Cloud), also has a couple of no-punches pulled essays about how the social safety net may be the only thing standing between our current status quo and revolution, and the scam behind Chase's affordable homes program.

• Remember about a half dozen mock outrages ago, the Michelle Obama how-dare-she-take-an-entourage-to-Spain thing? Taylor Marsh tells us how wrong the media got it; surprise!

• Susie Madrak found an interesting piece by Abigail Disney about the estate tax. (Hey "Al," any thoughts?)

• Roger Ebert examines Chris Hitchens' journey to the undiscovered country he himself had briefly glimpsed. And Ted Koppel examines the misbegotten journey in which our country is still involved as we do everything to ensure the terrorists keep winning.

• I could hear Heidi MacDonald audibly sigh through my computer as she reported on the New York Times story concerning Comic-Con marketing to those of the XX chromosome persuasion. Seriously, it's like living in perpetual high school, where someone suddenly discovers girls exist every few months. Probably because so many people haven't yet discovered that, like (for Jill Friedman) the Scott Pilgrim movie folks.

• I laughed out loud when I saw Bully's contribution to Totally Looks Like.

• When you have to explain a joke it almost always gets lost in translation, doubly so when it's as inside-y as Paul Sabourin's Kanye West Twitter/New Yorker cartoon mash-up. The Awl reports how Sabourin tried to break it down for New Yorker cartoonist Robert Mankoff.

• Val D'Orazio's Comics Revolution project seems to be off to a great start, and she has a terrific essay about the inequities of freelancing which of course hits pretty close to home for us.

• Natalie Davis' blog has morphed into Summit Peace, which is cool 'cause my brother lives near Summit and I'm definitely into peace, and Natalie's writing. And congratulations to Zuzu, who's secured what sounds like a lovely job out west. If you have a moment, you could do worse than reading Zuzu's What's It To You? post about fat and health.

• Did someone say fat and health? Must be time for more kick-ass Melissa McEwan posts, like this one (humans aren't Bunsen burners? fancy that) and this one (I'm by nature a very happy person; what saddens me is not being fat, but people directing venom at me because I'm fat). Also from Melissa: the poor victimized Christian majority!

• Oh, and one final fat-related link. I'd been reluctant to tune into ABC Family's series Huge, set at a fat camp for teenagers, due to the usual fears of mainstream TV not being very kind to anyone over a size 6. But largely on the basis of Fatshionista's episode reviews, I've started watching the show on Hulu, and it's completely blown me away. Not only could I totally identify as a former fat kid-now- fat adult, but I found the dialogue for both the teens and adults so spot-on, the plotting progressing so believably, and the performances so top-notch that I'm sorry I didn't watch it earlier. Now Fatshionista is publicizing a petition to get this very worthy program a second season. Do consider signing it, won't you? And seriously, if you have a few hours to spare and a decent media setup to watch Hulu, you won't be sorry.

• Barry Deutsch reports on an experiment to replace traffic signals with modified roundabouts. Having done both, in my opinion roundabouts are so much safer and better for traffic flow!

• Speaking of Barrys, Barry Crimmons' series on the Catholic Church is highly recommended. Since he doesn't have a central link to all essays so far, here you go:
Part One - Cath 22
Part Two: Manic Compression
Part Three -- The Legion of Indecency
Part 4: Good News for Postmodern Man!
• Kevin Drum examines why we're so much quicker in this country with lawsuit threats than they are in more sensible nations.

• Lance Mannion remembers Patricia Neal, and muses on the dangers of turning ourselves into living fossils as we get older.

• I can't believe the Oenophile’s Quandary isn't real. Neither can a lot of others, and David Malki (who created it) follows up here and here.

Lastly, anyone who knows anything about porn movie tropes probably laughed at this xkcd:

...aaand that's it! Bloglines gone from this computer! Long live NetNewsWire, which is already in progress and to which I am now returning to continue my blog reading...