Chacun vient, chacun va

Comings and goings in the world of blogs. My friend Graham Sleight has put down his pen over at Stet in order to concentrate on other writing projects, so good luck to him. Dialectical Confusions may be about to give up the ghost. And as you’ve probably read on other blogs, but not his own, the chap who blogged over at British Spin — probably the first half-way decent British politics blog — has decided to write a weekly email instead, so email him if you’d like to be on the recipients’ list.

On the other hand, where one blogger falls a thousand more rise up to fill the ether with ever-more random commentary on the events of the day. There’s Boris Johnson, of course. But the one that really caught my eye was Wilson’s new blog over at A Cloud in Trousers. If this blog really does deliver on a promise to discuss “Napoleon, Clive Lloyd, Learie Constantine, Moshe Dayan, Martin Luther King, Karl Marx, CLR James, Bob Dylan, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jack Kerouac, Bob Marley, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Pere Ubu, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Spaced, Repo Man, In The Heat Of The Night, Casablanca, Ezra Pound, The Roots, Lambchop, Antonio Gramsci, Casablanca [again!], Kathy Burke, The Fisher King, Frederick Douglass, The Big Lebowski, Charlie Mingus, Thomas Macaulay, Marathon Man, The Parallax View, Umberto Eco, The West Wing, Milan Kundera, Imelda Staunton, Alisdair Gray, Rosa Luxemburg, Lisa Rullsenberg, Jill Scott, Percy Shelley, Einsturzende Neubauten, Perl, Rodchenko, Left Politics, Logic, Ethics, Civics, Economics and anything else that inspires”, then it ought to be a very good read indeed, and in a moment of optimisim, I’m putting it straight on the blogroll.

The Dialectics of Spam

I used to get lots of spam about baldness cures. Now I don’t seem to get any at all. Breast-enlargement spam also seems to be much less frequent than it used to be.

Kristin Thomas over at Spam Poetry is getting a lot of dental spam, which allows her poems to have more smiles in than they used to — but I don’t seem to get any dental spam, even though my teeth — being English teeth — aren’t in especially good shape.

What explains the ebbs and flows of spam subject matter? What other trends haven’t I yet cottoned on to out there? There’s still clearly demand for penis-enlargement products and getting meds shipped to me overnight — that all seems to be constant. But it’s the variation that concerns me now.

Murderball Update

From the BBC:

Great Britain continued their winning run at the Paralympic wheelchair rugby tournament thanks to a 32-30 extra-time win over world champions Canada.The sides were tied at 27-27 after Troye Collins had a late goal ruled out with three seconds to go which could have won the game for Britain.

But extra-time scores from Ross Morrison, Collins, Alan Ash and two from Justin Frishberg gave GB victory…

Good stuff.