March 4th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 3 March 2009

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the US national anthem (1931)


Tactics for dealing with the stresses and strains of the daily commute were explored by British researchers at Nottingham Trent University. The 2007 study revealed that the problems that most vexed commuters were: lack of space, loud music, delays, and obnoxious smells. Researchers also identified the following coping strategies:

1. sing or talk to yourself
2. plan the day ahead
3. work on laptop, write, read
4. emotion-focused coping *
5. seek counseling
6. listen to audio book or music
7. chew gum, snack, or chat
8. smoke, or drink alcohol
9. meditate or pray

* vent anger or look at attractive commuters

To neglect at any time preparation for death, is to sleep on our post at a siege, but to omit it in old age, is to sleep at an attack.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
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Roundtable Awards nominations!

The Chronic Rift podcast has announced its nominees for the Roundtable Awards, with the winners to be announced in April.

I'm pleased to note that I was nominated for Best Editor of a Magazine, Anthology, or Comic Book for Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, and also that terri_osborne's short story in that anthology, "Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen," is up for Best Short Story.

The full list of nominees is at the link.
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