From Ctheory, Ruth Miller (UMass): Eradicated Alphabets and Radical Algorithms: Script Reform, Secularism, and Algorithmic Revolution; and Jussi Parikka (Southampton): Dust and Exhaustion: The Labor of Media Materialism. Wells Tower on the Elvis impersonator, the karate instructor, a fridge full of severed heads, and the plot 2 kill the president: Remember that crazy story about the dude in Mississippi who mailed ricin to Obama and then tried to frame some other dude in Mississippi for the crime? The story is a thousand times crazier than you thought. Two Tales of One City: Blaze Burgess on the foundations of money in Menger and Marx. Holly Case on Stalin's Blue Pencil: Revising history is a brutally effective tactic — and pen and sword together are mighty indeed. The first chapter from Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner. Speak for yourself: Stuart Whatley on a meditation on the marketplace of ideas. Richard Osman on the 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die. From Swans, Michael Barker on Kinsey-sex and the Rockefeller Foundation (and part 2). From the Toronto Standard, is there media bias against Rob Ford? "The crack story is too elaborate to be made up". Why is there no Krugman on the center right? David Warsh wants to know.