Here we go again. On second thought, no we don’t

As I mentioned last year in the aftermath of TYG’s first surgery, I don’t go halfway when I goof off. Instead, if I’ve wasted an hour, say, I figure well, I’m not going to make my day’s quota of work … and I wind up doing nothing productive. Even the goofing off is more fiddling aimlessly on the Internet than something I really want to do.
And sure enough, it happened again today. I got up late, and I knew TYG would need help with some stuff … so the will to make use of my remaining time disappeared. That being said, I did get my fiction and a couple of ehows written, bicyled a little and continued the ongoing work of sorting books and kitchen items. So it’s actually doing better than last year.
That being said, I will not fall into the same pattern of doing this day after day, or any day TYG needs stuff done. I shall wrestle my imp of the perverse to the ground.
Now, links!
•Generation Y now reads more than the Baby Boomers. The article also discusses problems libraries have obtaining and lending e-books, which the Slacktiverse goes into more detail on.
•A columnist for The Guardian points out the old argument in favor of marriage was that it was unnatural—a way to repress the natural impulse to sleep around.
•A legal writer argues that affirmative action is important, that it isn’t the same as Jim Crow segregation morally or legally and that nothing in the law or Supreme Court decisions mandates color-blindness.
•Echidne of the Snakes critiques some of David Brooks’ sexist columns over the year. I took my most recent shot at Brooks yesterday.
•The New York Times tries to balance the image of the USA promoting democracy around the world with the fact that we actually don’t.
•The Economist finds the Catholic Church’s bookkeeping is almost as dubious as its sexual-abuse scandals. Among other things, churches have diverted retirement funds for holy orders into other uses and shifted assets around in ways that suggest they’re trying to put money where sex-abuse lawsuits can’t access it.
•A writer wonders why we have fewer cults and new faiths popping up now than we did in the previous century. If it’s accurate (and it sounds right)I wonder if Wicca and paganism are sucking up a lot of the same impulse. Plus, of course, the growth of atheism as an alternative to traditional religion.
•A debate over the destruction of books to create art.
•While I often think the Benoit Mindset List (looking at the life experience of this year’s college freshmen) makes too many dubious assumptions, it’s also a fun read. This year’s freshmen have grown up with women running the U.S. State Department, have never seen an airplane ticket, associate Twilight with vampires and not Rod Serling and they may never had have a print encyclopedia. On the dubious side, “They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous” could easily apply to most of my lifetime, and I’m 54. Likewise “They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future.” could apply to the 1960s or the 1970s easily enough.
•The AbeBooks website looks at little-known memoirs.
•Thoughts on casting a female Expendables.
•Obama has appointed far fewer judges than Bush did, and not particularly liberal ones. As Repubs have no problems appointing right-wingers, once again we end up getting tugged rightwards.
•An argument that Christian conservatives who object to rape do so for the wrong reasons—It’s premarital sex—rather than the lack of consent.


Filed under Personal, Politics, Time management and goals, Undead sexist cliches

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