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I heart bookstores

Lorem Ipsum Books is a Boston bookstore that has a blog. (They're using Bloxsom and have integrated it with their store software using rsync, so they're smarter than average, too.) I love independent bookstores, so even tho I'm clear on the other side of the country, and in fact have never visited Boston, I plan on tuning in regularly. Join me, if you'd like.

And thanks to Mark for the pointer.


DIY DV Rigs

I'm a sucker for self-published books when they have instructional value and do-it-yourself attitude. How to build DV camera stabilizers, cranes, and other rigs is a great example, and if my DV camera saw any more use than it does (very little, really) I'd be tempted to dive into a project or two. But alas, watching the sample QT movies will have to be good enough to satisfy my curiosity and project envy.


A sad lack of memory

Mark Bernstein writes about some ignorant drip saying, in reference to the Passion of Christ (of all things), that "No war has been fought on American soil." Mark observes:

The ghosts of Horseheads and Bunker Hill and Yorktown, of Shiloh and Antietam and Gettysburg, of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee and Tippecanoe, must wonder what the hell these people were thinking.

I couldn't agree more. Even the hyperbole about the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the relatively low number of deaths in that event, does a disservice to the bloodshed we've seen in our not-all-that-distant past. The best way to remind yourself is to visit the historic battlefields, or what's left of them, thanks to groups like Civil War Preservation Trust.