Are you back at work yet? Were you lucky enough to get -- or take -- a full two weeks off for the holidays? Are you stuck indoors because of the Snowpocalypse? Regardless, here's what's going on in the world this morning as well as some other silly tidbits to pore over.
1. White Clobber
I know that if you live in the Northeast this will be breaking news for you, but you're buried in snow. By the way, it's supposed to be 82 and sunny here in L.A. today.
2. And No Religion Too
You all know how I feel about faith, but much of this sounds like wishful thinking being -- if you'll pardon the pun -- preached to the choir. It'd be nice to hope that all of these points add up to a country unburdened by the ridiculousness of Biblical fundamentalism, but I'm not sure it's going to happen in any of our lifetimes.
My first thought upon reading this was, "Does somebody have Tommy Christopher's obit in the can, ready to go?" But look a little closer. Also, as we've demonstrated a few times here ourselves, satire is basically impossible anymore.
Mediaite: Why Ani DiFranco Is Right and Black People are Wrong (Here's the opposing view from budding Fox News suck-up Noah Rothman.)
4. Anger Management
And in a related item...
5. Back To the Future
Remember, we're just a year away from those hoverboards.
The appropriately enigmatic Secret Machines have always been one of my favorite indie bands -- and when their guitarist Ben Curtis left to form the even more enigmatic School of Seven Bells, I followed right along. I had no idea that back in February, Curtis was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and he had spent the year fighting it. That fight ended last Sunday. Curtis was a spectacular guitarist and a truly imaginative all-around musician, and 35 was much too young to die. When it comes to cancer, I'm out of expletives and almost out of tears.
Here's Secret Machines' The Road Leads Where It's Led and School of Seven Bells' I L U.