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Here I am

It’s been surprisingly easy not to blog. What has it been, a week? Your Humble Blogger has been traveling, although traveling in such a manner that it would have been fairly easy to slip in a Tohu Bohu note, if inspired. I haven’t been.

Yes, I know. The Vice President of the United States shoots a fellow in the face, the Republican Party eats its own liver over an incredibly minor matter of which profit-making company will shortchange our port security needs (I know! Let’s give the contract to Americans like Halliburton!), a woman was inducted into the Hall of Fame and my Terriers were ranked # 3 nationally. Lots to blog about. Plus I’m three books behind.

I’m not burnt out, at least not how I understand the term. I just haven’t felt like blogging. Part of that, I imagine, is that I have been spending a lot of time trying to get my lines in my head, which is slow going indeed. And part is ... well, I don’t know what the other parts are.

Actually, I suspect that one part is that I’ve been meaning for some time to write about lobbying, what it is and how it works and what aspects of it are good and bad for democracy, or at least for us. Which would be a lot of work. I mean, I could just shoot off my mouth, by moderately accurate, and make my point while getting at least a few things dead wrong. Or I could do some research. And really, if I’m going to do some research, it should be on eyewear from 1785.

Speaking of research, and wasting gobs of time that could otherwise be spent actually blogging, did y’all know that British Pathé has some 3500 hours of old newsreel footage available online? So if you want to watch footage of London-to-Paris air service in 1919 or Princess Elizabeth inspecting the damage after the Blitz, well, off you go.

chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek,


There's also some good stuff, including newsreels from WWII, at the new Google Video/National Archives site. And I believe they're planning to add a lot more.

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