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Thursday Open Thread

On this date on 1800, the Library of Congress was formed.

Brain Man

John Wayne Gacy

Part of my faculty duties include teaching law and court-related courses in our graduate Forensic Psychology program. I’ve studied and discussed my fair share of predators, sociopaths, and psychopaths over the years and I find them endlessly fascinating — and often misunderstood by the media establishment which focuses on an exceedingly [...]

Thursday Open Thread

Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve

On this date in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer first tells the Canterbury Tales in the court of King Richard II.

Sunday Open Thread

20 years ago today the Rwandan genoicide was triggered by the assassination of President Juvénal Habyarimana. Romeo Dallaire’s (the Canadian general in charge of the U.N. mission) memoir is a stinging indictment — a must read just as the accompanying documentary is a must see.

From the Trailer Park — The Giver

Happy Birthday Daniel Crandall!

Thank God Facebook tipped me off to Daniel’s birthday. Still beat the East Coast deadline. Happy birthday friend. Hope it’s been a good one! A little Chesterton (an oxymoron he’d appreciate) for you…

The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, [...]

Friday Open Thread

Frederick the Great was born on this date in 1712. I read this book a few years ago… great read about the transition from Baroque to the Enlightenment and of two great men.

Saturday Open Thread

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton by Henry William Pickersgill

It was a dark and stormy night the day Lord Bulwer-Lytton died on this date in 1873. Feast your eyes on the poet and novelist who coined that phrase plus “the pen is mightier than the sword”, “the pursuit of the [...]

3D Weekend Five: The “Watch It/Read It/Do It” List

This started out as “Watch Me/Read Me/Do Me”, until I reread it.

It’s the start of a new year — make some recommendations to your fellow 3Ders.

5.  VH1 picked up “Happy Endings”, which is a wild, goofball Friends retread, set in Chicago.  Before ABC dropped the axe (after three seasons), it had hit cult [...]

From the Trailer Park — Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

This is a BBC America 4-part miniseries on the life of James Bond author (and real world spy) Ian Fleming with Dominic Cooper in the lead.

Premiering January 29, 2014.