Most of the year Phoenix is a sun-blasted, bleak moonscape wilting in a heat that actively tries to kill everything living.
But March, ah, March is fantastic, with eternal shorts-and-t-shirt temperature and the flowering of the cactuses. It’s wonderful to see these tanks of the flora open up to sprout bright flowers for just a few days.
You can watch the picture above and many more in high resolution in my Sonoran Yard Flickr set.
Solid reads abound in this installment of the roundup. Includes Console Wars, Your Inner Fish, Flash Boys, Digital Wars, The Perfect Storm, Tower Lord, By Blood We Live, I am Pilgrim and Lexicon.
Why whatever Apple is about to release will not be anything like the Pebble or Android Wear.
Game of Thrones and The First Law Trilogy illustrate the different ways England and America are dealing with fading empires.
Nic is homesick on Midsummer’s Eve.
We should forget the names of our mass murderers.
Movie time, kids! Includes an excellent documentary and a lot of not-great movies. Includes Sorcerer, Generation Iron, Restrepo, The Numbers Station, Pacific Rim and 300: Rise of an Empire.
It’s way easier to be an extremist in America if you’re white.
The idea that both the left and the right in America are getting more extreme is false. Nic explains why.
Get medieval on your fascia.
Hey, you like lasers? We have lasers!