December 12th, 2011

Let me see..

Insight: Social media makes anti-Putin protests snowball | Reuters

Insight: Social media makes anti-Putin protests snowball | Reuters

An article about why LiveJournal has had trouble:

"... Many bloggers fear the Kremlin will act to reign in Russia's vibrant blogosphere, if it becomes too influential. Some bloggers have already been prosecuted offline under libel law and Russia's wide-reaching law on extremism. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks - attempts to make a computer or network unavailable - have in the last few days shut down a large number of media websites. Russia's most popular blogging site, LiveJournal, was hobbled."


Three books for Christmas gifts

If you're still not sure what to get for Christmas — for someone else or yourself — I recommend three very different just-published books by members of the Madrid Writer's Critique Group.

Becoming Dad: A True Story of One Man's Transformation from Clueless Husband to Involved and Nurturing Father
by Kelly Crull
A normal guy (and excellent writer) becomes a father, surviving the good, the surprising, and the funny — lots of the funny. If you or someone you know is going to be a dad, this is the book.

A Fine Likeness
by Sean McLachlan
Confederate bushwhacker Bloody Bill Anderson faces Union Captain Richard Addison — but there's something even worse than the hell of the Civil War in the Missouri woods. Sean is an expert on the US Civil War and Missouri history, and he writes like a demon.

African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22

Twenty-three stories and poems by America's earliest black authors, illustrated by contemporary black artists. Lance Tooks is co-editor. The variety of graphic styles will floor you. A landmark.

— Sue Burke