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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Thursday Link-O-Rama -- I hope anyone reading in the U.S. had a good Independence Day. I had zero expectations for the day, and since it was rainy and overcast in my part of upstate New York, those expectations were more than met.

I want to say thank you to everyone who read and responded to my essay Diabetic Again earlier in the week. As you can imagine, I was a bit hesitant to post something so long and so personal, but it seems to have struck a chord with many readers, and I'm gratified to hear from so many people that they're planning to take a good look at their own health and make some changes where needed.

Here's some good stuff to read.

* Matt Brady looks at Dan Clowes's Pussey. I feel so naughty just typing that sentence.

* John Byrne's passive-aggressive review of Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1. Short version: It's great, but burned-out industry pariah Byrne would have been a much better choice to write the introduction than Grant Morrison, one of the two or three most gifted writers ever to work in corporate superhero comics and a guy actually smart enough to appreciate Kirby for his ideas more than just his surface thrills.

* Dumb Little Man provides great reasons for drinking mainly -- or only -- water, and how to get into the habit. Having just made the switch to mostly water, this was of interest to me.

* The Simple Dollar on the finances of good and bad parenting. Must-reading for anyone who truly loves their kids. Your time and attention is worth more than a hundred clown-and-pony-ride-filled birthdays. Also at The Simple Dollar, all the grilling tips you'll ever need. I'm saving this one for this weekend and buying some vegetables to grill.

* Roger Ebert looks at Michael Moore's Sicko. Ebert has been through the medical wringer in the past few years, so his words are worth paying attention to. Related: How Sicko is playing in Texas.

* Zen Habits has 20 ways to get free or cheap books. I'd add a 21st: Become a critic and start your own website. Warning: You'll actually have to be at least somewhat good at it to succeed long-term. Also, you'll receive far more awful books than good ones (ask any critic), but that's just Sturgeon's Law asserting itself. Not be to confused with Spurgeon's Law. Somebody should create a Wikipedia page for that one.

* Keith Olbermann's definitive statement on the obscenity that is the Bush administration. Olbermann should be president -- and at this point probably has far more support than the disgraced figure head of the catastrophic 2000 coup d'etat that the world has been paying for ever since. The tide is obviously turning, but it's damnably slow. When will this nightmare end? Related: Maybe there's some hope.



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