Guest Blog Post: A Different Dictator


David James has generously allowed WC to post his thoughtful comments over on Facebook here at Wickersham’s Conscience. James and WC don’t agree on everything, but this is insightful. WC rarely surrenders the soapbox. But will just this once. A Different Dictator, by David James One of the major reasons I could not vote for…

A Very Good Essay on Atheism


Religion is a largely neglected topic here at Wickersham’s Conscience. WC’s attitude towards religion, including but not limited to Christianity, likely leaks through to WC’s perceptive readers. But here’s an short essay, written about two years ago on Reddit, that summarizes very well WC’s thinking on the subject. WC has no way of contacting Iopha,…

How Time Passes in Alaska


One of WC’s email correspondents (who has chosen anonymity) forwarded this masterpiece. Visualizing information, indeed. WC isn’t even going to attempt to add anything, except to observe again that graphics convey information in ways that words never can. Bravo, Gemma Correll. Update: This was apparently modified by someone other than Ms. Correll to add the…

Vee-Jay Records, "Operator"

The Real Operator: Bill Spivery


The Manhattan Transfer made “Operator” a hit. You could see why last Saturday night. Janis Siegel tore into the lead vocal and blew the audience away. Here’s a Youtube video from 1976 (!) of a much, much younger Siegel showing her chops. WC apologizes in advance for laughable editing. But the Manhattan Transfer didn’t write…