Monthly Archives: June 2013

Links 6/25/2013

For your consideration:

Verlyn Klinkenborg at the New York Times on the decline of the English major.

Lee Hutchinson at Ars Technica has the story of how NASA rebuilt the F-1 “moon rocket.”

Adam Johnson tells the story of Kim Jong-il’s sushi chef at GQ.

Finally, Atlas Obscura takes a tour of the “Ruins of Super Science.”


Something New at 250


Welcome to Errant Reader!

Admittedly, it’s not new at all. A little while ago I realized that I had passed my 5-year anniversary with this blog and that I was almost to my 250th post. Despite my irregular update schedule, I decided that maybe I was actually going to stick with this blog and maybe it was time to register the blog’s domain name so that it was really mine. One problem: it turns out Errant Ventures is taken up by a property management company somewhere in Kansas or Kansas City or Arkansas or something with “sas” at the end. After spending far too much time contemplating the name change, I just settled on the title I was using for most of my long posts. It’s a fitting title since I tend to be eclectic in my reading choices and the blog tends to provide an eclectic set of  topics for you (dear reader) to peruse. I’ve also set up another twitter account for the blog, @errantreader, for just blog related issues. Please follow me! (Note: I’m keeping my other twitter account as well. It’s just going to remain private.)

Anyway, here’s a picture of my dog looking cute in celebration of the big move. More posts on the way. As always, thanks for reading!

No Rock and Roll Fun

This video of Sleater-Kinney just came across my radar.

Brewing Storm

Thanks to I09, I came across the following video from Mike Oblinski:

<p><a href=”″>A supercell near Booker, Texas</a> from <a href=””>Mike Olbinski</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Find more of his work here:

Where does it lead to?

I’ve had this song from Cold War Kids in my head lately.

Glimpses of the Past

Here are two old color films that have been making the rounds online lately. One is of London in 1926 and the other is of New York in 1939. Both are stunning.