For Your Reading Enjoyment

Stuff I’ve read and enjoyed this past week, from the blogosphere and beyond . . .

* If I hadn’t already been reading “Wonkette”:, I’d want to start after “Gary Farber”: mentioned her. But I already was, and she continues to be great snarky fun.
* “Glen Engel-Cox”: pairs up the Democratic candidates and other political luminaries with their Tolkienian counterparts.
* In _The Atlantic_, James Fallows “fisks the SOTU”: I like James Fallows a lot.
* Greg Costikyan, one of the original authors of the classic RPG “Paranoia”:, speculates on the “role of PDAs”: in the life of your average Troubleshooter. Hilarious. Oh, and: Serve the Computer!
* What’s that you say? You like roleplaying games, but you wish you could sink your teeth into more writing about their structure and design, preferably something with a cartload of terms that require a detailed glossary? Ron Edwards is here to help you out, with his recent pieces on “Simulationism”:, “Gamism”:, and “Narrativism”: If you’re interested in this stuff, I promise you already know who you are. Hat tip to “Bryant Durrell”:
* Everything I was going to say about the Administration’s latest sleight-of-hand regarding failures of intelligence has already been said. “Matthew Yglesias”: has the short version, Josh Marshall has some concrete examples “here”: and “here”:, and “Slacktivist”: has some links for further reading. The fact that they’ve pulled a complete 180 with respect to the CIA should be at the front of the story, but when I read about it at all in major media, it’s buried a few paragraphs down. Example from the “Post”: today: “Critics of the war and many congressional Democrats have said it is crucial to know whether White House policymakers cherry-picked the CIA’s intelligence on Iraq — dropping the many caveats and using only the most inflammatory assessments — in making its case for war.” One buried paragraph, no followup. Argh.