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Depressing News of the Day

Juho Sarvikas is the chief product officer for HMD Global, the company producing “classic” mobile phones like the Nokia 3310. + more

Quote of the Day

“Art” and the “artist” – by which we mean an autonomous realm of art and a specialist practitioner in music, + more

Public Service Announcement

Because I can’t think of anything in particular to write about today – and I have approximately 386 deadlines to + more

Snow Days

“It’s time to share the spotlight, Midwest,” writes Jonathan Glover in yesterday’s Spokesman-Review. “Frigid temperatures, heavy snow and biting winds are + more

Swissted Santa

One of my favorite gifts from this past Christmas was Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined. The creation of New + more


“[O]ver the past few decades, scientists have gotten significantly—even staggeringly—better at predicting the weather.” “It’s like salmon,” says the inventor + more

Quote of the Day

“We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In + more

Yet Another Entry in the “Writing Is Hard” Category

Russell Baker, the longest-running columnist in the history of The New York Times, on his profession: “I’ve always found that when writing is + more

Support Your Local Democracy

Breaking news: Social media is a cesspool. But at least Twitter – that wretched hive of scum and villainy – isn’t all + more

Sex, Drugs, and TPS Reports

“The history of rock groups” writes Ian Leslie, “can be viewed as a vast experimental laboratory for studying the core + more


Last November, I experienced Death Valley for the first time. I say “experienced” because, well…one does not simply visit Death Valley. + more

A Political Page-Turner

Before I became jaded and cynical (read: old), I actually cared about politics and politicians. I convinced myself that it + more

Things I Learned Today

Thing one: Despite its appearance, the word contumely* is not an adjective. It’s a noun, and, according to my copy + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

This one came up just today: Is majority singular or plural? Well…yes. Let’s take a look at a couple of + more

This Is How It’s Done, Kids

Speaking of critiques and criticisms (see yesterday’s post if you’re late to the party), I really do believe that there’s + more

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