I just realized (I’m a genius, I know – only took a year) that I have on this blog a list of the blogs I read regularly. Then what do I need Goggle Reader for then? Especially with their new privacy policy coming into effect soon.

Let me take this opportoonity to introduce three new members to my list:

  1. Easy Opinions. I like the way he summarises and simplifies his posts often by a short dialogue, like this one –

    Reporter:  There is another side to the “Hate the Mosque” story.
    Editor:  Islamaphobic bigot.

    which then segues into a report that pretty much follows that scenario. So you can read the whole scenario, or just read the funny dialogue and save yourself time. Or both, if you’re one of those really into reading.

  2. Fragmented Obsessions. Kept by a professional, classical musician who writes irregularly but intelligently about a wide range of subjects. His posts are often long and thought provoking, but he posts maybe once a month. If that. Here’s his explanation for the title of his blog:

    The title is something of an ironical tribute to Richard M. Weaver, whose fascinating book Ideas Have Consequences had a major influence on me at a certain stage in my thought some years ago. In this work, Weaver contends that we have lost sight of the grounding philosophical or religious ideas which guide our reason. This lack of awareness of our central ideas sends us to the “periphery” as he calls it, where, instead of being guided by our first principles, we obsess on facts and other secondary minutiae. This leads to over-specialization (as part of the division of labor…though I find the division of labor to be a good thing, on the whole) and a whole host of other things in a phenomenon that he calls Fragmentation and Obsession. I could not help, being a right-brained musician with very little skill in the “practical” world, but feel a bit indicted by Weaver’s compelling testimony, hence the title of this blog. In truth, in due time I hope this blog will show itself to be neither fragmented nor obsessive.

    (I haven’t yet read “Ideas have Consequences”, but I notice it was written at about the same time as C.S. Lewis’ “The Abolition of Man”, which which it apparently shares a theme.)

  3. The Elephant Channel. An unofficial Evernote blog and podcast. Irregular and infrequent, but often contains v useful tips and news about Evernote, of which I’m a fan.