Haunted dreams and guest bloggers

I should probably quit smoking. And please, before anyone jumps into comments with their former-smoker zeal and personal horror stories, you cannot scare me anymore than the Terrie the Smoker ad already has, she scares me plenty. That poor, incredibly brave gal’s rasping voice now haunts my dreams and swims in my blood. Other than that, I’m looking straight down the barrel of another insanely long day in the middle of another insanely long week. Hopefully I can grab a few minutes and find some tidbits to post in between crises.

Speaking of time management and lack thereof, are any of you regs interested in guest blogging for this site? I haven’t worked out the details or even thought much about it, but it’s probably time to tap some of the talent around these parts.

Eclipse pics!

The eclipse from space

I’ve seen a few eclipses, even a total one as a kid. But I have never seen what I saw last night. I leave my office after a long, long day — which is why this site has been unattended the last few days — and totally forgot about the eclipse. Got into the parking lot and the light looked damn weird. The sun was just starting to think about setting. It was bright, cars and buildings were lit up all orange on one side, and yet it was dim. Hard to explain. Light twinkled oddly through the tree tops.

A few minutes later I was driving west, straight into it, and through the tinted top part of my windshield I could see it plain as day: something was taking a big black bite out of the sun! This is about what it looked like: [Read more…]

Info and cynicism

First the info, an excellent post at Balloon Juice. The author brings her perspective as a lawyer and a campaign treasurer for a local candidate on the Rickett scheme (If you’re not sure, for now it’s a freshly killed zombie revolving around the Rev Wright and Obama). She framed this really well using multimedia, beginning with this conclusion: [Read more…]