Andrew Leonard’s great review of the third volume of The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, The System of the World: The summit of Mount Stephenson. I’m currently about an eighth of the way through and it – and the two previous volumes – is as engrossing as any fiction I’ve read. And I’m not particularly a historical fiction, science fiction, or a fantasy fan.
Archives for September 2004
to omit controversial sources that might be blocked from it’s Chinese Google News service. In other words, they condone the Chinese government’s blocking of those sites. Worse, though, they have tried to explain it away as a usability issue on the Google Blog.
Let’s just get this straight. Website usability does NOT provide cover for a company to go out of its way to condone the censorship conducted by an authoritarian, single-party-state government.
that may prove to be extremely significant in the coming US election: Flood of New Voters Signing Up. There are hundreds of variables in play, but if this trend converts even a little bit to increased voter turnout the impact will be significant. It likely means that polling so far has underrepresented Democrat support, possibly by a great deal.
Kevin summed up last week’s Amazing Race finale. I pretty much agree with him, though I am sceptical that the editing and other tricks didn’t make Colin look worse than he actually is.