“Clark, that’s T M I”

Speaking of significant, everyone go read Larry Niven’s Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex.

Not Casey Casum

But a better read –

50 Most Significant SF&F Books

Yes, this list is missing a lot of people and books (and has no graphic novels) but if you’re looking for a good read, you could do worse than star with these. There’s maybe about 15 I haven’t read. I’ll probably get to them at some point. Definately plan to read Mists of Avalon eventually, along with The Book of the New Sun, Cities in Flight, maybe Mission of Gravity.

On the other hand, I’ve read maybe 10 of this other list, but I bet the others are quite fancinating:

Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read

And remember, the Master and Magarita is not just for Socialists anymore!

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It’s not real because reality sucks

However, if you want to know how close West Wing is to real life, try West Wing Watch.

On the “details, details” front, President Bartlet continues to have a problem with the outmoded term “THREATCON” (for “threat condition”) to indicate heightened degrees of awareness of danger at U.S. military facilities. Since June 2001, it’s been “FPCON,” (for “force protection condition”). Perhaps only the Pentagon could see the true importance of these kinds of semantic changes, but somebody ought to make the president aware of them.

Who gave me these lovely entries today? Betty brings us the Harry Potter news and Tom apparently watches too much West Wing…

Live from Hogwarts

Can’t wait for the 5th book? Want your Harry Potter news now? Try WizardNews.com or The Leaky Cauldron.

I really, really like the Cauldron’s countdown clock!

Unlikely Partners

There aren’t many law offices which use Mac but those that do now have their own weblog — LegalMac. Even if you are just a home Mac user, it talks about programs — like Zoe (for email ) — which we can all check out. And with this info maybe Mac users could convince their own offices that having a Mac or two or a bunch might be pretty cool!

Narf

Peter David uses his blog to write little songs. Don’t click if you’re tired of Osama jokes.

Just in case….

You needed another reason to despise John Ashcroft.

Attorney General John Ashcroft is reportedly planning to reverse current policy on the availability of asylum for victims of domestic violence and issue new regulations which could severely limit the ability of women fleeing many forms of gender-based human rights abuses – including sex trafficking, sexual slavery, honor killing and domestic violence – from seeking asylum in the United States.

From Medley.

Return

Seth and I are back from DC. We had a really good time! We did a lot of touristy of things like the Capitol and Monticello. We also fixed my uncle’s computer (it had viruses) so we earned our keep! No pictures for now since we forgot our digital cameras (we did have some disposable analogs).

Some odd things:

In front of the White House on Friday, we saw like 6 protesters. 1 Freeper and 5 anti-war. But there were a lot of no war signs (and fewer pro-war ones) scattered about.

DC houses in the Capitol Hill area are really thin.

Everything is blocked off. I’m not sure what was closed because of all of the snow and what was closed because of security. But you can no longer just walk in the Capitol and I couldn’t find the main entrance to the Library of Congress.

The Air and Space Museum has some nice tributes to Colombia. However, they also had an exhibit suggesting the Speak and Spell was the epitome of high-tech.

Speaking of obsolete, you can see an Apple I and an Osborne in the American History museum. Neat! Ok, I already knew that but it’s my favorite part. I keep finding stuff I used to have but I forgot (like the Little Professor Calculator)

One thing about doing DC in mid-winter is it isn’t crowded at all. But no matter when you go, the food in the National Gallery of Art sucks.

The Metro kicks the Els ass but good.

Oops!

Caught on Film or what happens when a president says one thing and does another.

Who’s neurotic?

Song Stuck in Your Head? You’re not Alone.

“[N]ew research shows that people most frequently plagued by this phenomenon are those with slightly neuroitc tendencies, and people who enjoy and listen to music often.”

Well, I almost always have some song from the Buffy musical in my head. And I know I’m not in the latter category….