I'm busy and tired and probably will be for a while, but I wanted to take a moment to say that everything went well, and my wife and I have a healthy baby girl named Miriam. A few pictures are here. I'll be back to posting regularly when I have a little more time!
1. Crescat Sententia has moved to crescatsententia.net after a run-in with what Baude is calling a Search Engine Optimization firm. I was glad to learn that MT has a search and replace function, which I have just used to change all the permalinks on locussolus... pretty cool.
2. I had a photograph up on Gapers Block Friday, which can still be seen on the front page this evening. Also, I've posted a sequence of photos I took Friday of the Cabrini Green demolition with some minimal commentary mostly having to do with optical arcana (in case you're interested in such things).
3. And I wanted to mention that this will probably be the last post for a while, as the baby's arrival appears imminent! I'll post again when I have a healthy baby and a free moment.
Mark Liberman is again talking up passive voice here (in response to a query related to the NaNoWriMo, which I seem to mention annually and wistfully here at locussolus... maybe I should get off my ass, hmmm?), and his discussion is a great opportunity for me to readvertise my all-passive post from a couple months back, which apparently went entirely unnoticed by all but my most vigilant readers (OK, reader) -- except that looking back on that post now with some of Mark's latest comments in mind, I wonder if some of the passives I used two months ago are even legitimate passives. Shit.
Inasmuch as Robert Samuelson is concerned about the proper function of democracy and how democratically arrived-at policies can both have moral force and be good policies, I agree with him. But with his usual unflinching self-ignorance, he completely misses the obvious next step: namely that the press -- the key link, after all, between his "ignorant, confused, and contradictory" policies and his black box notion of public opinion -- bears a large measure responsibility for this state of affairs. Samuelson has a degree in government from Harvard; has he really not read Lippmann?