For most people, the week begins, when, Sunday? Monday? For me, it more or less begins on Wednesday, so Tuesday is like my Sunday. Er, except I'm at work. But I work Sundays, too, most of the time...
Anywho, I usually have a little time Tuesday to read yer blogs. Hence the linkdump.
• They're back: The Bad Colonies guys made it all the way to Ulan Bator and back, and you can read all about their adventures, via Bad Colonies Motoring Cooperative.
• A short disquisition on what is real: Cartoonist Alison Bechdel explains the recent "speculative" episodes of her comic strip. Did Sydney really arrange an affair with Madeleine while Mo was listening? The short answer is no. Writes Bechdel,
"Being very fond of the first formulation of Kant’s categoricalimperative–”Act only according to that maxim by which you can at thesame time will that it would become a universal law”—I like to take itout for a test drive occasionally.
Not often that you see a cartoonist citing categorial imperatives, via DTWOF.
• The secret hold: Carpetbagger Steve
Benin Benen explores the mysterious secret hold some Senator put on a bill that would have created a searchable database of government grants, contracts and types of financial assistance, worth $2.5 trillion last year. It's a crazy little trick that's holding up a bill with broad barpartisan support, via Carpetbagger Report. Go Steve! I want to search that database.
• Weekly Hum, via Vermont Hum.
• My last Pluto post, via Tom's Astronomy Blog.
• Sky Barsch of the Burlington Free Press writes a love note to Snarky Boy, via Gadabout.
• "This isn't a racist comment...": Yeah right. You knew those Essex shootings would provoke some kind of outrage on the gay gun nut's blog — indeed, Jeff Soyer describes alleged shooter Chris Williams as "a mutant" and "a low-life thug." But the comments attached to his post say so much more... Via Alphecca.
• More on that mysterious Montpelier performance artist, via False 45th.