September Rambling: unlikely friendships, and NYC songs


Infrastructure, Suburbs, and the Long Descent to Ferguson. Also, Pantheon Songs on the singing group The Impressions, featuring Curtis Mayfield, which is also about Ferguson.

Next Time Someone Says Women Aren’t Victims Of Harassment, Show Them This. Plus, These Are The Things Men Say To Women On The Street. Oy: Woman Discovers ‘Rape Room’ in Comic Book Store; Is Promptly Fired. Also, Ray Rice, a Broken NFL Culture, and How to Fix It and ‘The Burning Bed,’ 30 years later. And Ray Rice, now.

John Oliver’s investigation reveals Miss America scholarship claims are made of lies.

This month, the 7th circuit struck down gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. “The three judge panel was unanimous and the opinion was written by [conservative] Judge Richard Posner.” After listening to his oral arguments and reading the opinion, what kind of rebuttal could someone could possibly make? Also, Churches They Are a Changin’: Americans’ Attitudes Toward Same-sex Marriage Are Transforming the Face of Congregations.

Love and marriage and bad studies that say nothing.

How the West Created the Islamic State…With a Little Help From Our Friends.

Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes and Fracking.

Humans Need Not Apply. “The future impact of automation and how we deal with the inevitable time in which large sections of the population are, through no fault of their own, unemployable.”

The only governor of two different states; no, not at the same time.

Diet Soda was Supposed to Help Diabetes, not Cause It.

More Shivery And Shovelry! The Farmers Almanac 2015 Winter Forecast. Good news if you own a snowplow business.

Procrastination: how to break the loop, and everyone has a theory – here’s mine.

For the prolific Jaquandor, some inspiration: The Gift of Gifts for Writers.

One one hand, Dustbury notes why can’t we get along globally. On the other, he writes: “Unlikely friendships may be the best kind: you’ve already overcome the presumed obstacles, probably without even thinking about them.” He links to Lisa’s tribute to her surprising friend.

Marvel & Jack Kirby Heirs Settle Legal Battle Ahead Of Supreme Court Showdown, and Kirby disciple Mark Evanier is “very, very happy.” For those who wished SCOTUS had actually taken on the case to set precedent, realize the decision they might have made could have been totally opposite what you wanted to happen.

Evanier’s story about his father, buying a new car, transcontinental flights and Harlan Ellison. And Tito Jackson’s most famous brother.

Muppets, some quite obscure, from SamuraiFrog: H Is for Harry the Hipster and I is for Icky Gunk and Star S’Mores. Plus Kermit the Frog’s Note to Self and John Oliver and Cookie Monster and Elmo and Lupita Nyong’o’s conversation about skin and Kat Dennings breaks a word; can Abby repair it?

Next time you can’t seem to get yourself to be productive, maybe watch some cat videos first. Just make sure they’re baby cats. Conversely, Street meat.

The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Chaz Ebert on Life Without Roger. And one of the highlights of the Toronto Film Festival was the tribute to Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese.

The 2015 edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is reportedly the last. Understandable but sad; I’ve gotten a copy every few years.

Jon Brooks explores how many films that used to be rentable from Netflix no longer are. “Once viable backup options – local rental stores and libraries – have become extinct or endangered as well.”

Words fossilized in idioms. When to use shined/shone.

Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home.

Jay Z fighting legal battle that redefines copyright laws.

The program of an all-star line-up of family and friends paying tribute to Pete and Toshi Seeger at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on July 20, 2014 has been edited and posted on YouTube. Nearly three hours.

Tosy’s U2 ranked 20-11 and 10-1. The kids complaining about the assault on their iTunes wonder who IS U2; they obviously don’t read the New Yorker.

“In The Mood” for three ukes.

Happy 350th Birthday, New York City: Here Are 17 of the Best Songs About NYC, with notable omissions.

A Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now: The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.

The 25 Most Significant and/or Notorious Nights in Austin Music History.

“This isn’t literary”: Alison Bechdel, Roz Chast and why it’s so hard for us to take comics seriously.

Emerging from the Narrative: Alan David Doane Interviews Alan Moore (2004).

All These Years, Disney Was Hiding A Secret Right Before Our Eyes.

The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action deleted scenes.

A clever ad for the bookbook.

JEOPARDY’s Alex Trebek: the mustache is back.

Lisa F is moving her blog back to her old WordPress site, and I know why: she had the same service problems I was having a few months back.


Chuck Miller has brought back Best of our TU Community Blogs: Ten for Thursday. He’s a bit peeved. “Last year, among the nine or ten selectable choices for ‘best blogger’ [poll] were a few Times Union staff blogs and some independent non-TU-affiliated blogs. What wasn’t on the list? The TU’s community bloggers.”

Something I saw on Dustbury’s page became an earworm for Jaquandor.

SamuraiFrog’s 10 Books That Affected Me.

Jaquandor answers my questions about owning a home, annoying habits, flying bats, sensitivity, brain distractions, and copyright. To the latter, I sent him a link suggesting why he might want to formally copyright his novel, even though it’s now automatic.

Dustbury: An Arr-free zone and state fairish taxes and the divine Sophia.

Jaquandor celebrates his birthday in song. His birthday is the same as my late father’s, BTW.

Mark Evanier linked to some photos of actors auditioning for roles on the 1964-1966 TV series, The Addams Family. The article, which was from photos shot then for Life magazine, did not identify the auditioners. I threw in my two cents.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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