Interesting things I've found across Livejournal or around the Web over the course of the month:
The quotable Bax: "Magic is easy. Interfacing it with reality, now that's tough." -- Cited at notdoneliving.net. "I am beginning to really hate bosses who confuse timeliness with responsibility." -- Cited byounceofreason.
And the quotes meme: Remember that "go to a page of quotes and pick 5 you like" meme that spread through LJ a little while back? Blogger Kevin Drum had an intriguing spin on it: Pick 5 you disagree with. I never did meme either one, but I like the ideas.
It's A Small World, PCT Edition: Turns out that the thru-hiker known as Chai Guy, who I met several times along the trail, is a friend of kshandra's. (Not only that, but my parents, who spend their summers in Maine, are friends-of-friends of the hiker known as T-bird and her family.) The thru-hiking community leads to some of the strangest connections.
Sucky math:hafoc examines The Mathematics of Suck, a tongue-in-cheek attempt to quantify the vileness of most modern American music. One of the funniest things I've read lately.
Mathy suck: Speaking of math, kistaro made an offhand comment about Manhattan distances a week or two ago. Speaking of suck, the post sucked me into a sprawling discussion with him. The geekery gets deep quickly.
Wait, you have a webcomic?: Yep! I've very occasionally changed up the format of my journal entries. The illustrated (and/or photographed) entries have run at Tlands under the name "My Afternoon: A Dramatization."
What he said: I pretty much agree with everything Kos writes in "The Case for the Libertarian Democrat." My break with the Libertarians was wholly an issue of economic principle. Leftists and Libertarians share a strong common bond of support for civil liberty, and it's one of the things I think both groups are most correct to pull for. It's where Libertarianism veers into knee-jerk anti-governmentarianism that it goes furthest astray, and Kos is right to point out that there are places where government intervention increases personal economic liberties. It would be interesting to see leftists/libertarians making common cause to keep personal freedoms paramount -- when government gets in the way of that, be willing to roll it back, and when the profit motive gets in the way of that, be willing to roll government forward.
What'd he say?!: Of course, not everyone responded well to Kos' essay. Reaction among libertarians was especially varied (and generally critical). The comment that made my eyes bug out the furthest: "I can't side with Kos simply because he believes that government has the power to do good. The end." ... ... Um, yeah, guy. Sorry to hear that police and fire departments, the interstate freeway system, and the Bill of Rights haven't been working out for you.