- Bemoaning the 22nd amendment. Lots of interesting thoughts here, including the contention that the term limiting of Bill Clinton has had repercussions on every election since, and that George W.'s forced retirement is oddly unsatisfying. "If we could vote for whoever we want, regardless of prior service, Bush would probably be dumped unceremoniously in 2008. Only our kooky current system lets him retire undefeated. What this country really needs is to have Bill Clinton run against George W. Bush."
Dude. What I wouldn't give to see that. Bill would wipe the floor with him.
- Librarian makes U.S. News & World Report's Best Careers 2007 list. I even agree with the assessment. Mostly. The line about a "placid workplace"? Clearly, they haven't been here... ;)
- Remember the READ posters, featuring various celebrities plugging the joys of reading? The ALA still sells them, and sometimes they feature Ewan MacGregor. Mmm. Alan Rickman, too. And they say print is dead.
- Speaking of which. Books do still have some advantages...
- Finally, a couple of blog postings</a> on the culture of politeness and why it's not always good. I haven't read all of them in-depth; the main issue seems to be when politenss derails useful criticism and how that impedes progress. The context is librarianship, but I kept thinking about fandom as I read it. I'll probably have more to say about these later.
Internet update: Our DSL gateway is completely dead. T ordered a new one, and it should be here in a few days. In the meantime, he thinks he's figured out how to get me on the network via dial-up. So hopefully I should have access back tonight. Yay.