Monday, November 27, 2006

Blogs I Still Read

I'm not sure if blogging has become so mainstream that nobody talks about it anymore, or if it's a fad that has passed its peak. Personally, i read very few blogs regularly now, and a good percentage of those are work-related. Among the hand-full that i still visit almost daily are:
  • - Warren is (unbeknownst to him) sort of my Beatrice, in the sense that he is my guide to a kind of underworld. Plus, there are often pictures of persons unclothed.
  • Postmodern Sass - Still fun to read, still sui generis, not still in Canada.
  • Global Guerrillas - Because it scares me.
  • BoingBoing - More of a metablog, but in a good way. Basically the Slashdot of oddness.
I think there are two main reasons why my blog enthusiasm has waned. The first is that i just can't stomach reading political opinion anymore, even if (maybe especially if) i agree with it. The other is that anything that's interesting on the web will be forwarded to me within 15 minutes by my virtual network of acquaintances. For example, the Peanut Butter Manifesto, about the problems of my beloved employer, was IM'd to me by three people.

Highlights of November

Some stuff that happenened this month:
  • I ran a 1:23.52 half marathon at the Silver Strand Half Marathon, my personal best and a good sign that i'm on track to run sub-3 for my next marathon.
  • Henry is playing goalie for his league's soccer All-Star team. They just won their first tournament and he was the hero of the championship game, saving the first two goals when the game had to be decided by penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.
  • Nathan played the cello for his school's advanced orchestra in a public concert at the local performing arts center. He also played with the younger middle-school orchestra because they didn't have a sufficiently advanced cellist yet.
Henry's at the bottom of this pile:

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Voter Apathy

This seems like it should be a good time for one of those long, philosophical posts on my view of the world. I'm pleased with the results of Tuesday's election, i'm elated that Rumsfeld is gone, and i'm relieved that Bush won't be able to use his last two years to screw things up even worse. But the only thing remarkable enough to capture my notice is how little i really care. At least we get to have a little fun at the expense of the right for a while.