I was about to go read some submissions, when I realized that I was once again facing the prospect of my computer slowing down due to too many open browser windows. So here's a quick rundown of recent items.
- Twig asked me the other day about Dickens being paid by the word. I said, "I don't know, but I bet Jon V would know," him being a Dickens scholar and all. So I asked him, and he said that it's such a common question that there's a web page about it: "Was Dickens really paid by the word?"
- Cheryl explores Trans Lit.
- Jaguar cub at ZooBorns. The first photo in particular is SUPER CUTE.
- T.A. Pratt's webserialized Marla Mason novel Broken Mirrors launches this coming Saturday; he'll post a new chapter every week until it's done. Donate to receive nifty premiums!
- Interesting and complex discussion of the Constitutional consequences of the current gun-ownership case facing the US Supreme Court.
- Delightful, fun, and apparently easy-to-make squid birthday cake. (Not to be confused with the much more complicated-looking but also nifty other squid cake.)
- Lovely photo of the arching trail of the Endeavour taking off last month, on its penultimate flight.
- Speaking of which, here's a nifty Flash animation showing the International Space Station being assembled over the past eleven years. I am amused that it features two Pressurized Mating Adapters.
- John E. Potter, US Postmaster General, weighs in with Five myths about the U.S. Postal Service.
- Charlie Stross's sobering 2007 article about the practical unlikelihoods of space colonization. (Don't care! Want lunar colony anyway!)
- Napping Can Prime the Brain for Learning.
- Possibly the best, and most likely the silliest, Johnny Cash video of all time: Chicken in Black.
(Apologies if anyone sees this entry twice—I put the wrong date on it at first.)