- Site News: Collated Contents of the Year’s Bests (2018 Stories, Links). Updated with Datlow’s Year’s Best Horror.
- In Memoriam – Betty Ballantine – SFWA.
- Strange at Ecbatan: Birthday Review: Gun, with Occasional Music, by Jonathan Lethem. Never read much else of Lethem for some reason, but this was neat.
- Cover reveal for The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven.
- E. E. Cummings’ “Anti-Acknowledgement” – Learn Fun Facts.
- Gleanings from the Past #80 – Learn Fun Facts. There’s a Lovecraft quote in here but I wanted to repeat a different one. I wouldn’t have thought C. S. Lewis and I would agree on much, but this is nearly perfect: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
- 1925-02-22 Edward Gorey
- 1564-02-23 Christopher Marlowe
- 1932-02-23 Majel Barrett
- 1786-02-24 Wilhelm Grimm
- 1921-02-24 Richard Powers
- 1917-02-25 Anthony Burgess
- 1918-02-26 Theodore Sturgeon
- 1946-02-26 Phyllis Eisenstein
- 1533-02-28 Michel de Montaigne
The data in this section is from the ISFDB. ISFDB entries usually have SFE and/or Wikipedia links for biographies. For free works of older authors online, try sites like FreeSFOnline, Archive.org, Gutenberg, or PoemHunter.com.
- Study of analog crews in isolation reveals weak spots for Mission to Mars.
- Brain discovery explains a great mystery of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s — ScienceDaily.
- Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87. Unfortunately, it’s a problematic term and has been correctly superseded by “climate change” but he did much more.
- Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Enter the ‘Standard Siren’.
- Backreaction: Burton Richter on the Future of Particle Physics.
- A White Dwarf with Puzzling Rings. You, too, can be a scientist.
- The History Blog » Year of Four Emperors coin hoard found in Warwickshire.
- Quarrying of Stonehenge ‘bluestones’ dated to 3000 BC | UCL News – UCL – London’s Global University.
- Story of the Week: “A Very Sad Thing”. This could be in the lit section but I decided to put it here. (Haven’t read the specific letters yet but wanted to pass it on, anyway.) The Teddy Roosevelts walked the walk.
- Weekly Song Challenge. My contributions are below the fold. Anyone who wants to can consider themselves tagged.
Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!
1. Post a video of a comedy song that you love.
There are so many, but today I’m going with
Alestorm – (warning: blah blah this video should not be watched by anyone)
2. Post a video of a song that has the word love in the title.
Cat Power – “Still in Love” (Hank Williams cover)
3. Post a video for a song by any band whose name begins with an E.
Entombed – “Demon”