I have material stored up on a whole range of topics, which I hope to get to ... when I can. In recent days I have, quaintly, been distracted by "writing"; and more traveling-and-writing lie ahead. I'll be off line for the next few days but then in theory I will get to:
- More on "demographic realities" and the aftermath of last week's Obama-Netanyahu exchanges;
- More and more, from engineers and airline pilots, on Air France 447;
- More on tax-and-deficit, and ability to argue about big public issues;
- More on communication among non-native speakers;
- Three notable take-down jobs, and what they signify. (Pre-reading hints: I'm talking about pieces by Eric Alterman, Michael Lind, and Gary Greenberg, with bonus background reading from Benjamin Walllace-Wells);
- More on password construction and online security;
- More on Obama's London and Middle East speeches and the linguistic intrigues thereof;
- More on China's current woes, and strengths;
- More on the semiotics of Chinese street signs;
- More on positive-themed aviation news, good and bad;
- Even more on TSA, including my third encounter with the Full Body Scanning machines (read: my third "enchanced pat down");
- More on Achilles tendon miracles and the rediscovery of running;
- And other stuff. This is my intended to-do list, at a rate of maybe one or so per day starting in a few days.
FOR THE MOMENT, two mentions timed to observances today (it's still Sunday in Calif, where I am for the moment) and tomorrow.
Today is "Net Needs News" Day, meant as a reminder that the net-based news ecology is great, as long as a "regular" reporting-based news-gathering structure survives to supply info. I've examined this problem last year and this year in the magazine. The campaign this weekend, explained on this Facebook page, is to get editorial cartoonists to illustrate the point. As, for instance, Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune has done: