Somnology!

Well, last chance to get harrowed. Come Wednesday, we’re going to begin our reading of The Kindly Ones. Mike Schilling will be doing the honors. (If you didn’t know, we’ve been reading Sandman. It’s *REALLY* good.) It has also come up that some wish to have a place where they can yell “DIBS!” I suppose…

Weekend!

Holy cow, is tomorrow Friday already? Indeed it is. I moved out here my senior year of high school. (I’m not complaining, I’m just saying.) I made a handful of very close friends but, as I’m sure you can guess, they told me stories about the close friends I might have made had I moved…

Somnology!

They asked if we ripped them. We said that we did. Eumenides? There. That’s as good as I could do on short notice. Get your copy of The Kindly Ones. It all comes down to this, after all. Schilling says that he’ll take on the first little 8-page story as well as the bigger chapter…

Calendar!

Back in the 90′s, I watched The X-Files. Every Friday Night, I knew that The X-Files was going to be on, and the only question was whether it’d be a new show or a rerun. It’s how I pretty much kept track of the week. “Is X-Files on tonight? No… it’s on the day after tomorrow. It must be Wednesday.” Well, this week at work, they had The Test From Heck and so they needed people to man the lab […]

Babylonia!

We’re back on track with our Eighth installment of the Babylon 5 Viewing Club! The introductory post was here, The Soul Hunter was covered here, and Born to the Purple was covered right here. After that was Infection. Then came The Parliament of Dreams. Following on its heels was Mind War.  Then, RTod covered War Prayer. Last week, Patrick recapped Sky Full of Stars! This week: Death Walker! (Dman does the honors.) You can watch it here. It’s very difficult […]

Sunday!

Well, I’ve been watching mostly Babylon 5 (which isn’t that interesting to talk about on a blog that’s watching Babylon 5 as a group) but also a couple of fan films from Fallout that are, seriously, *SURPRISINGLY* good. There’s Fallout: Nuka Break and, now the sequel, Fallout: Nuka Break – Red Star. If you’ve ever been in love with the Fallout Universe, you need to watch both of these and count the minutes until Fallout 4. Or 5. Or whatever […]

Saturday!

So I’m in The Last of Us. This is the game that’s getting all of the “Citizen Kane” awards from folks and I’m struck by how linear the storyline is. Maybe that’s the price to pay for this sort of thing… but, so far, it’s like hearing that they made a Citizen Kane Video Game, then made all of the action scenes interactive between walking scenes with dialog exposition. That’s not what made Citizen Kane Citizen Kane, guys. Which is […]

Walkin’ Jukebox And Open Thread

(This is a guest post from our very own Chris, cross-posted from Mindless Diversions!) Hello everybody, Chris again. When last we spoke, I was telling you about bus ridin’ and bus readin’, and my crazy money-savin’ schemes (read War and Peace and SAVE!). Today I’m back to tell you about another thing I do when…

Comment Rescue: A Priorism in Libertarianism

In Tod Kelly’s recent “mansplaining” thread, Shazbot posts the following: Yeah, the problem with extremely principled libertarianism is the a priorism of their reasoning. (As sometimes self-ascribed libertarian William Buckley famously charged.) I’ve been reading about this whole issue of a priorism in libertarianism and find it fascinating. I love this paper (editor’s warning:PDF) by Jeffrey…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Ah, the denouement. We’ve had some time to catch up, I hope (and if we fell behind schedule, I hope that the book held your interest enough to keep going despite the schedule). Over and over…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, deported to West Germany, and had his Soviet citizenship stripped. Apparently, the KGB found a manuscript of his for The Gulag Archipelago. I’m sure that there was some discussion of “what is…

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

The Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is a group devoted to documenting the excesses of Russia and the USSR’s Soviet past but, sometimes, they make criticisms of current excesses on the part of the modern-day government. NPR is reporting that the Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is under severe scrutiny from the government because Memorial…

The Appearance Of Impropriety

Spotted: @joshtpm @capehartj @ezraklein & other lefty columnists headed into the West Wing as a group. POTUS coffee? Carney meeting? Anyone? — Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) May 21, 2013   The number one thing that I’m wondering is whether Josh Marshall, Ezra Klein, and Jonathan Capehart will be writing columns that all include a particular phrase…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

“Russia in fact no longer existed – Only the Soviet Union…” (Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Thanks to Living Colour, we’re all familiar with the phrase “Cult Of Personality“. I found myself wondering at the etymology of the phrase. Well, when it started,…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, and here.) So we decided that we needed a week to breathe and so we’re taking this week as a week to catch up. In the meantime, here’s something I found while digging: it’s “a class project for Russian Literature 227”.…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Whether it be to humans specifically or to the more general category of entities who look up to you as the giver of food, affection, and sewage management, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there!