John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Today's links

  • I was a big fan of the MTV game show Remote Control back in the day, so it was quite a shock to hear that host Ken Ober died this weekend at the age of 52. Hard to believe its been 20 years since it was on the air. Here is a complete episode of Remote Control from 2009, complete with annotations by one of the contestant.

     
  • Via the indispensable linkster petzipellepingo comes an essay by Donald Graham about America's greatest President, James K. Polk, and his new biography, A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent. Graham says, "Robert Merry has done the impossible: he has made Polk's presidency fascinating;" I say, if you didn't already know his presidency was fascinating, you have not read my icon.
     
  • Speaking of shocking, I was stunned to hear that the City of Chicago is planning to demolish a building by the legendary architect Mies van der Rohe to make way for a train station. It is, to be fair, not one of his major works, but in my opinion tearing down a minor van der Rohe is like tossing a minor Rembrandt into the recycling bin. Adding insult to injury is the train station is poorly sited. It is directly across the street from a vacant lot, raising the question of why anything needs to be demolished to make way for it, and its design is not in character with the modernist buildings to which it will be adjacent.
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