Saturday Review 1-24-09

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**** The new Weekend Assignment is from a “guest professor” once again (not me this time), and I’m mentioning it because I know it’s one that some of y’all could easily get into:

Weekend Assignment #252: Where do you get books from?

Extra Credit: What was the last book you read, and why?

Answer the question(s) in a post on your own blog, and leave a link to it in the comments on the Assignment post at Outpost Mâvarin!

**** The links are a little sparse this week due to Google Reader Backlog. I hope to remedy that situation next week.

New to my Google Reader

The Printed Page, host of “Mailbox Monday”
Spy Scribbler, via West of Mars
Change really HAS come to America – The Briefing Room, the official White House blog

Across the Blogiverse

Just a few of many posts this week reflecting on the making of history (even history that may have to wait a few years), including one from pop-culture history; one about continuing to make history; a recipe for history; a couple of letters; and one about being so preoccupied with documenting history that you miss the chance to experience it

Now this would change history, too – a salary for the First Lady (someday it could be the “First Spouse,” you know…), especially considering that this one has been a career woman

Signs that you’re a blogging geriatric – have you exhibited any?

If you actually need to follow more people on Twitter, try some of The Park Bench‘s “nerd all-stars.” Also, how much do you care about your blog stats? (My answer – probably TOO much. My subscriber number has dropped by about half this week; I know there are some behind-the-scenes things happening to integrate FeedBurner and Google, and I hope that it’s a glitch related to that!)

Bookmarks: Reading-related Reading

Books that caught my eye this week:
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What is Says About Us), by Tom Vanderbilt (via
The Sinner’s Guide to Confession, by Phyllis Scheiber

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Susan – I think I’m already getting a good sense of that. Great recommendation!

    Cathy – Nice to meet you, and glad you stopped by!

  2. The twitter links were great. I added two that I didn’t know about, but I had most of the rest. At least the ones I wanted. Does that mean a nerdy woman resides beneath my strong masculine exterior? 🙂

    I didn’t post anything about inauguration day just do to the volume already out there. I didn’t think I’d have anything intelligent to add. Only stupid comments. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Mike – Nerdy men are welcome at The Park Bench too, and don’t even try to deny that you are one :-). Glad you found that link useful!

  4. My husband joined Twitter. I was so surprised when he told me. I should direct him to The Park Bench. 🙂

    I loved the post about signs that I’m a blogging geriatric.

    “Whenever you write a post, you have the vague feeling that maybe you’ve said exactly these things before, but you can’t remember when.” – This has already happened to me. Haha

    Another one I can relate to: “Having resisted the lure of Facebook, you’re now stodgily refusing to open up a Twitter account. (Are they even called accounts? I can’t keep up with all the lingo you kids speak these days.)”

  5. Wendy (Literary Feline) – The Park Bench is on Twitter, too; I follow her. And now that your husband’s joined, how long do you think you can hold out :-D?

    Going on my second anniversary as a blogger, sometimes I feel geriatric already! I really liked that one too.