Magenta Alert!

The backlog of linkable tabs in my browser and newsreader (I’ve converted to Vienna, which works very nicely, thank you very much, and is free-as-in-beer) obliges me to point of several of these by title.

First, we’re enjoying a Get Smart retrospective around Templeton Palace, and I noticed a few days ago that the Chief and Max outdo the Bush regime by invoking a magenta alert. Since the present Executive Branch seems committed to repeating history as farce, we ought probably all to acquaint ourselves with the significance of a Magenta Alert, and other sooper-hi-security designations.

Second, Jeff Sandquist narrated a way to synchronize your Twitter and Facebook status messages. I don’t know if this still works, but I’m about to try it.

Third, Fred Sanders points to the connection of Homer’s orality (or not) to bluegrass music.

Fourth, Judith pointed me to a one-page survey of semiotics.

Fifth, Jay Rosen summarizes Charlie Savage’s reporting on the expansion of executive power under the Bush regime.

Sixth, Boing Boing points to a display of postcards from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France illustrating in 1910 what the artist thought the year 2000 would be like.

And this actually is important — Bob Carlton urges everyone to make a real contribution toward bringing slavery to an end.

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