Officially forming in 1992, the Seattle band Brad has been in and out of the picture for years. With members Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Shawn Smith (Pigeonhed and Satchel), Regan Hagar (Satchel and Malfunkshun) and Jeremy Toback working with multiple bands and side projects at once, it's been difficult for Brad to survive the tumult. But no matter how long the hiatuses last, Brad always seems to gravitate back together and work on new material.
There's more modestly good news from the Federal Reserve Board today about the health of the U.S. economy.
"Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest that economic activity continued to expand moderately from November through December," the Fed writes in its latest "beige book," an eight-times-a-year largely anecdotal look at how things are going around the country.
There are a lot of books I'd like to tell you I always reach for, books I'm supposed to love ...
But the one I actually always have by my side is Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby Jr. I don't know why this is my book. As a girlfriend said, "Why would you recommend that book to people?"
I know. It's graphic. It's violent. But I've purchased Last Exit to Brooklyn three times now because I have mistakenly given it to a friend or put it in storage like an idiot, thinking I could live without it. I can't.
There's nothing quite like a day at the beach with a few thousand penguins.
Every year about this time, penguins congregate in the far Southern Hemisphere to build nests and raise families. You'll also find biologists there, wrapping tags on the penguins' flippers so they can follow those birds for life.
But some scientists now say tagging is too harmful because it undercuts a penguin's most important skill: swimming.