Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Burst of Weird and Awesome!

Oddities and Awesome abound!

::  No. No no a thousand times NO.

::  Charles Stross predicts the future, part one and part two. Fascinating reading, even if I personally find his vision of the future a little...depressing.

::  A bit of 'inside baseball' on this one...but fine Buffalo blogger (whom I've known for years now) Alan Bedenko has been waging a somewhat mercurial campaign against Buffalo News food critic Janice Okun, whose writing tends to be harmlessly facile. The campaign seems a bit odd to me, but then, one would hope for better food writing in the region's most prominent regular publication, and that we don't have it seems to reinforce notions of Buffalo being a parochial backwater locale where the restaurant scene is too dominated by the likes of Applebee's. But whatever...a month ago, Alan wrote a post in which he noted that some odd factual claims by the owner of a restaurant Okun reviewed went unchecked, with hilarious results. Somehow -- and there's no doubt Alan didn't expect this -- he scratched the surface of something whose underbelly is very seedy indeed, and the comments on that post have been raging ever since. It's quite a thing to behold.

More next week!

1 comment:

Call me Paul said...

That is a frightening comment thread. I thnk if you count up all the different commenters' names, and divide by 12, you'll get a more realistic estimate of the number of people actually involved in the discussion. It has clearly attracted a number of people with personal beefs with the "Valentis" that go well beyond the current situation.