The Tunisian revolution is great but the recent spate of self-immolations (in Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria, and now apparently a teenager in Marseilles) is distressing. There are, obviously, ways to protest that don't involve setting fire to oneself.
Meanwhile, from the profound to the mundane: dealing with the aftermath of an ice storm here.
I'm sorry if the title of this post may strike some as disrespectful or flippant. Chalk it up to the sick whims of a fifth-tier blogger.