Friday Five (new series)

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It’s the fourth Friday of October. It’s also the final Friday of October. Which means that NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and we’re careening ever more quickly toward the Yuletide Season.

Two weeks ago I posted “Friday Links (is anyone reading edition)” which contained far fewer links than my typical Friday Links post. I explained why I was feeling that the number of people reading the posts didn’t seem to justify the number of hours I spend most weeks assembling the post. Last week there was no Friday Links… and not one person sent a message asking after them. So, clearly there isn’t a gigantic audience that I simply wasn’t aware of for my weekly round-up.

As I said in that post, I read news all the time, so bookmarking stories that might be interesting to share isn’t the part that takes a lot of effort. And I like having routines, so having a task to work on a particular kind of post on a particular evening each week is something I can enjoy doing. So, I’m going to try a slight modification. Welcome to the inaugural Friday Five post. It will consist of only the five stories out of everything I bookmarked this week that I feel must be shared. Here we go:

Links of the Week

Four Quitters Walk Into a Bar.

A Beginner’s Primer to Black Queer Literature.

Ursula K. Le Guin on Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands Our Scope of the Possible.

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers.

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big — And You Pay for the Waste. It’s not just eye-drops–but wasted prescription eyedrops add up to $3.4 BILLION dollars in wasted health care money a year in the U.S.–this and drug packaging issues (such as the doses of chemotherapy) add up to a whole lot more billions wasted.


I will continue to share links to obituaries of people I think ought to be remembered, and they won’t count against the Five.

Robert Guillaume, Star of ‘Benson,’ Dies at 89.

Fats Domino, Architect Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Dead At 89.

Things I wrote:

We have birds coming to the bird feeder.

Gentlefolk, start your (word processing) engines!

Writer’s write: don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good.

The Night Was Sultry, part 5 — closing the circle, openings and endings.


And here are five videos for your Friday:

Fats Domino Ain’t That A Shame:

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Queen – All Dead, All Dead Lyric Video (Hybrid Version – long lost recording of Freddie Mercury paired with the instrumental track):

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STRANGER THINGS Theme – Shirtless Violinist – Soundtrack:

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The Addams Family Original Theme Music:

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Hocus Pocus – I Put A Spell On You:

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