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Going Galt...

Or to put all that more succinctly: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
Yep, that's about right.

via titled: some amusing blog pun.

Jeff Zucker is an Idiot

"Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn't make it so," Zucker said, describing the comedian's comments as "completely out of line."
Listen, I get it, you want to defend your network. But don't go after Stewart. It's not that he can't take it or is above criticism, but this is not the fight you want to pick.

Face it: CNBC completely missed the point about what business news is supposed to be about. You don't pump stocks, you analyze the market. Jim Cramer is not to blame. You are to blame, Mr. Zucker. You're the one who shaped the strategic vision of a network who can't spell "journalism", much less execute it.

I look forward to watching you and your network continue to be lambasted and embarrassed on Comedy Central, because you just hung a huge target out there for Stewart and Co. to take shots at.

Jeff Zucker - Yahoo! TV.

Jeff Daniels Profiled in Playbill.com

You had to read that title twice, didn't you? Anyway, Mr. Daniels is the hometown boy who made it big and, by all accounts, is a pretty nice guy, too. I always find it interesting to read about him, mostly because of the "yeah, he's from my town" factor I think, but also because I enjoy his work (and he's from my town). Check out the profile on Playbill. Oh, and Jeff, if you ever want to play euchre, him me up; we'll head down to Sietz's and scare up a game.

The coming evangelical collapse OR why they still don't get it

Michael Spencer over at the Christian Science Monitor has this article today about the imminent collapse of the evangelical church in America. He claims that "Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants" which sounds about right. Christianity has likely peaked in this country, due in no small part to the evangelical, or worse, the fundamentalist elements within.

Depending on how you define "evangelical", I was raised in such a church (Dutch Reformed, as a matter of record). So, the assertion that this flavor of church is turning stale raised an eyebrow. I have to say, after reading his article, I think Spencer is onto something.

Why is this disaster about to befall the church? Spencer's reasons, with my comments following:
1. Evangelicals have identified their movement with the culture war and with political conservatism. This will prove to be a very costly mistake.
Bingo. I can't even begin to highlight this enough. Th…

Something's Rotten at Chelsea Library

For the fourth time in a little more than three years, the Chelsea District Library is looking for a new director.
That's the lead line to this story in the Ann Arbor News. For a small-town library, that's an extraordinary track record of failure in the retention department, especially one with such incredible programs and facilities. Certainly it can't be the pay (although I'm trying to dig up some salary info). And being in Chelsea, while not terribly big,  must have some prestige; CDL was named Best Small Library in the country last year.

So, what's story at McKune? Or, more likely, what's the store at the board meetings? Are the rumors true? How does one go about effecting change on a Library Board?