Weekend Linkages: Advent Hauntology

All Saint’s Margaret Street. Photo: Diliff

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories

If you like the idea of Christmas ghost stories let me recommend the writings of M.R. James that you can access here for free

Eric Garcetti’s Broken Sidewalks

Coincidence department: Will Self discovers evensong and the hidden charm of All Saint’s, Margaret Street (which we visited last month in London)

Watch out for the flu

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Christmas Tree Pops

Weekend Linkages: Covid Brain Edition

How to take care of your avocado trees

Polyrhythms played on two Igbo cowbells

LA City Council meeting now with more cowbell

Outrage: future generations will laugh in horror and derision at the folly of facadism

Weirdcore and the Eerie Atmospheres of Postmodernity

Rationalist Harry Potter and the Collapse of Crypto

Elon’s Biggest Boondoggle Why did the world’s richest man spend the past five years trying to sell cities a hole in the ground?

The Truth Was Out There: On the Legacy of Art Bell

We’ve Got the Covids

We made it almost three years but finally caught the Covid. Thankfully we’re fully boosted and doing okay.

Kelly woke up with flu symptoms on Tuesday and used a home test kit that flagged her as positive. A very nice friend and neighbor offered his garage accessory dwelling unit for me to quarantine in. As a precaution I went to my health provider for a test on Thursday which came back positive today and now I’m back in our house.

Kelly felt bad this week and her doctor put her on anti-virals that seem to be working. I have very mild symptoms so far.

I think we’re in the midst of a huge covid surge that’s vastly under-reported. I know a lot of people who have come down with it in the past few weeks.

I’m very thankful for our dear neighbors who are looking after us. Be careful this holiday season.