Because of the holiday, and all.
Newt Gingrich wrote his Ph.D. thesis on education in the Belgian Congo. Apparently Newt speaks French? Someone should ask him about that.
Carlos mentioned the Congo band Konono No. 1 to me. I keep meaning to order their Congotronics CD. Anyone out there heard them?
The deer learned. They learned the hard way. And they still remember.
How deep into one of the dark places have you been? I've gotten to orangey-brown.
This list of stuff from ten years ago is mildly interesting.
Most of these are dopey, but a few are dead on.
You may or may not be interested in bloggers meeting with Treasury officials, but it's worth a moment to skim forward and read the last three or four paragraphs of this post. Learning when someone is trying to do this to you, and when and how to do it yourself, are really useful skills. (I have a mental category of "really useful skills that nobody ever teaches you". Many are work-related, but by no means all.)
Iggy Pop began as a cheap Jim Morrison knockoff; see, e.g., here. (Well, actually he began life as James Osterberg, Jr., the son of a high school English teacher in suburban Michigan. Anyway.) Yet at some point he became something... more. It's not clear to me when, how, or why, though I'm pretty sure David Bowie was involved. Nothing much to add there; it's just something I sometimes think about. Well, and that it would be cool to read a character-driven science fiction novel whose main characters were based on Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Lou Reed. Yeah, maybe I need to get out more.
On the historical roots of government competence in two regions of Nigeria. Fascinating, if true. I am faintly reminded of the very marked difference between southern Serbia (formerly Ottoman) and northern Serbia above the Danube (Austro-Hungarian until 1918). Stuff works a lot better in one region than the other, even today.
And here is a cool paper about adaptations for walking and running in genus Homo. (.pdf, but not long.) I like that they provide a summary table, and the graph is good too.
And that may be it for 2009.