The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 22 March 2004]

NPR pledge drive

Dave Winer is talking about wanting more transparency from NPR regarding the distribution of pledge drive money, and it’s a very reasonable request. I like giving money to my local NPR station–it’s an oasis of quality and sanity in the radio landscape–but would really like to know how the pledge money is distributed.

Not that I think there’s some fat cat siphoning off funds from the pledge drives, or that NPR executives are snorting coke off of strippers’ breasts or anything, but when you derive the vast majority of your funding from your audience, shouldn’t you be more open regarding where the money actually goes?

Music: “Sleeping In Blood City” by Gun Club [Opens in iTunes]

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A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.

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Book roundup, part 28

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Las Vegas trip report

Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?

Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle

“Cancel everything. You’re going into emergency surgery today”

Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.