I have so many posts saved up in my bookmarks on NetNewsWire, which syncs with Google Reader but doesn't seem to have solidified its plans for syncing with any other RSS tool, that I need to get rid of them before the end of the month. No time like the present!
- First of all, we bid a sad farewell to Pam's House Blend, as Pam Spaulding is closing the shop on July 1 after almost a decade to concentrate on her health, her day job and other matters. I wondered from the beginning how this woman could be so energetic and prolific, and I'm glad she's taking a break to take care of herself, but gosh darn I'll miss her!! Best of luck, Pam!
- Those of us who remember the Liberal Coalition will be a bit taken aback to hear that upyernoz has abandoned blogging in all lower case. Well, there's always Skippy to hold up that fort...
- I like to wait on doing blogarounds until I'm caught up on blog reading, and it never happens. I'm still over 200 posts behind on Digby, who always requires thought and attention and my span is shorter and shorter. So I'll just say What Digby Said about our culture of cheating. I knew we were in trouble as a society the first time I heard someone treat Gordon Gecko like a role model instead of a villain. And they can get away with cheating because, as the Rude Pundit reminds us, they love keeping all of us in constant crisis mode. Also, what Melissa said about how the Republican promise is "contingent on pretending that the complexity and complications of human existence, and the flaws of humankind, don't exist."
- Now that the Tonys are over and we're getting ready for the Emmys, does anyone remember the Oscars? Lots of cool feminist women whom I respect had very divergent opinions about Seth McFarlane. Here are analyses from Jill (pro-Seth), Taylor Marsh (also pro) and Heidi MacDonald (in the con category) to help you make up your own mind.
- Jill is not only brilliant at breakfast but pretty much all the time, and has been for as long as I've known her (upwards of 30 years now). Here she examines the rise and fall of progressive talk radio, and here she talks about childlessness, something else she and I have in common (although in my case it's less a choice than just fate). Oh, and another childless-by-choice brilliant blogger, Melissa McEwan, has a great series about choice and happiness and so forth which you can grab here (with links to the previous two essays). I am loving the ways in which the internet makes folks like us feel less alone and weird and like that.
- Seriously, I'm really behind in things. Like marking the change to daylight savings time, which circadian rhythm expert Bora says we don't need.
- As Taylor Marsh notes, Maddow nails this interpretation of Antonin Scalia.
- I totally dig the Mad Libs that Melissa puts down here about "edgy" comedy.
- Here are a few very inspirational videos via Laura Gjovaag (totally worth it to watch the whole thing) and, once more, Melissa McEwan.
- PZ Art Is Hard. And belated congrats to Tom Tomorrow upon winning this year's Herblock prize.
PZ Myers comes face to face with Thor. And speaking of comics: Heidi does another great roundup of recent posts about gender in geek culture. Plus, Why I love Colleen Doran, part umpteen of infinity: Art Is Hard. Belated congrats to Tom Tomorrow upon winning this year's Herblock prize. And this is what Robin's currently working on, for those who don't know. (Trigger warning: I'm told it's violent, so I chose not to watch it.)
Okay, all done! Just one more thing, I'd like to give a plug to Cliff Meth, Mike Netzer and the others involved in a kickstarter for the project Comic Book Babylon. And someday maybe I'll be involved with both gentlemen, as I've been planning to for over a decade, in the long-promised, near-mythological project Megillat Vashti. Please don't hold your breath, it's taken me this long to do a blogaround after all!