1. The obligatory Disney-buys-Marvel joke: “High School Musical: Xavier Institute Edition”. Let’s face it: it couldn’t suck worse than X-Men 3.
2. My son is back and better than ever. His cat Lewis, however, has developed some weird attachment issues from the separation. For instance, Lewis kept running around to block me as I was trying to leave the house this morning–and I’m not even his tertiary Comfort Person. But it seems that nowadays no one is allowed to leave the house without his written permission, and he doesn’t know how to write.
3. My friend Howard Jones got a big splash in the Wall Street Journal for his collections of Harold Lamb’s adventure fiction. A belated “Yay!” for that–they really are great books and Howard has done incredible work bringing the stories back to light.
4. I was reading Ogden’s Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds last night and I saw that Iambilichus claimed the mys- in mystery comes from Greek μῦς (“mouse”). So every mys-tery is really a mouse-tery. This strikes me both as a pretty unlikely etymology and as totally awesome. This fourth item might seem to violate the “Three-Thing Day” rule–unless it is really the first item over again, eternally recurring, like a mouse swallowing his own tail.