Nota Bene #104: Large Marge Sent Me

“Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #103: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

“To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker—that’s like an aberration. I know there’s some young actor sitting in New York or L.A. who’s spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn’t going to get his opportunity because of some ‘actor’ who’s been created.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #102: Dancing Limbaughs

“What they really want to see is, they want you to chop your fucking arm off, hold up your arm, wave it around spewing blood, and believe me, if you did that, the crowd would go fucking ballistic. You only get four good shows like that, though. Four good shows, and then you’re just a torso and a head, trying to get one of your band mates to give you one last hurrah and chop your head off. Which they probably wouldn’t do, which would really be hell.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #97: toDwI'ma' qoS yItIvqu'!

“To be truly free, and truly to appreciate its freedom, a society must be literate.” Continue reading

Nota Bene #96: Saturn's Hexagon and the Bulava Spiral

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Continue reading

Business and social media: American companies growing up, sort of

Ever since the Internet began gaining popular awareness in the mid-1990s, the topic of how businesses can productively use various new media technologies has been a subject of ongoing interest. Along the way we’ve had a series of innovations to consider: first it was the Net, and the current tool of the moment is Twitter. In between we had, in no particular order, Facebook (not that Facebook has gone away, of course), CRM, mobile (SMS, smart phones, apps), blogging, RSS and aggregation, Digg (and Reddit and StumbleUpon and Current and Yahoo! Buzz and Technorati and and seemingly thousands more), targeted e-mail, YouTube, SEO, SEM, online PR and, well, you get the idea.

We certainly hear examples of businesses getting it right with new media, but in truth these cases represent a painfully small minority. Continue reading


On Sunday, Scholars and Rogues marked one million hits since our humble blog began last year. Some fun facts:

* S&R’s first day on the Internet was 15 April 2007.

* We had 23 hits on that day.

* Michelangelo’s statue of David was the masthead image (though he’s not officially recognized as our first “Scrogue”; that dubious honor belongs to Lord Byron).

* 10 days later we had our first 1,000-hit day.

* As of midnight last night we have 1,001,852 page views.

* We’ve had almost 700,000 hits since moving to our own domain name in October 2007.

* Some of the names we mulled before settling on S&R: Babylon Ballroom, City of Rain, Cultural Compass, Digital Shepherds, enCompass, Golden Spike, Ministry of Ideological Purity, Off-World, Sanctum, Signal2Noise, ThinkWest, What Rough Beast among many others.

* Charter member Jim Booth came up with “Rogue Scholars” on 11 April 2007 and over the course of the next few days it morphed into Scholars and Rogues and became our official name.

Thanks to all of our many readers and commenters–some of whom have become members of our crew–over this first year of S&R’s life. We’ve accomplished many things so far and we still have lots to do. So hang on for the ride… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Nota Bene #37

Links of the Week (as opposed to the weak link):

In warning that Georgia could be a new World War I, John Zmirak at Inside Catholic writes: “With the distance of history, we can see that World War I was not a crusade for democracy or anything else — but rather a snuff version of Seinfeld: a War about Nothing.”

At Smirking Chimp, Ted Rall asks of states like Poland: “Don’t these guys own a map? Doesn’t it make more sense to suck up to the superpower next door than the one an ocean away?” Continue reading