Our readers may have noticed the lack of Saturday linkage. I was at the MD/PA/WV/VA combined state Tumbling and Trampoline state championships, in a facility with Faraday-cage properties. I am pleased to say that my daughter qualified for National Junior Olympics in her two main events — trampoline and double-mini trampoline. Along the way she took first place and fourth place, for Maryland, in her age-group and level. Below is video for her Level 6 tramp routine.
Although most Americans’ attention was focused on the dramatic apprehension of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, quite a lot of significant events happened around the world. For example:
- China appeared to abandon its no-first use pledge for nuclear weapons.
- China’s had trouble getting aid to a remote part of Sichuan provence hit by a major earthquake.
- The EU brokered a game-changing deal between Serbia and Kosovo.
- The US is paying more for its overseas basing network (via LFC).
- And just today, shots have been fired at a marijuana-legalization rally in Denver.
There’s also been a lot of interesting commentary and stuff, including:
- Charles King calls for patience in assessing the 4/15 bombing.
- And this is exactly the kind of spectacularly stupid analysis we should avoid.
- Charles Cameron’s been discussing the “End Times” videos that Tamerlan Tsarnaev apparently linked to… and without over-interpreting their significance.
- Discussing “cognitive assemblages” at the ISA.
- Daniel Little riffs on the micro-macro debate.
- Martin Edwards on “pragmatic advising,” such as declining requests for letters of recommendation for PhD programs.
- Adam Roberts has a new SF blog and Ken Macleod’s been busy.