Thanks to my new pal @craftycmc, it's MentionMonday, on which I will Mention something. Because it's Monday. Or something.
@Craftycmc's idea is to get us bloggers to crosspost and talk to one another, and promote one another's work. Because she's cool like that, and smooth like that.
I'm going to hijack her idea, and try to start using Monday to Mention something I think deserves attention. Because I love alliteration. Or something. I've really got to start getting some kind of order around these parts. Or something. So I'm thinking maybe themes. Mention Monday, followed by Tarragon Tuesday and Wimpole of the Bailey Wednesday.
(Seriously, follow her on Twitter and DM her for the details. It's fun, and burns calories too. As long as you are tweeting her while running on a treadmill.)
Today I will Mention Dan Carlin, who can be found on DanCarlin.com. He podcasts two shows, which have been brought up here from time to time-Hardcore History and Common Sense. HH is, well, history-and Common Sense is a little more of a current affairs show. Dan is a passionate speaker, with an active, engaged mind, who will tell you things you may not want to hear, but stretches your mind while doing so.
His latest show, a Hardcore History program, discusses why it was that the West wound up conquering the known world during the Age of Exploration, instead of other groups that were just as active, like the Chinese or the Arab peoples. He doesn't know the answer, either, but it's interesting to think about why history came out the way it did.
One other thing I want to mention is Seth Godin, who is at sethgodin.typepad.com. He's an author and another very energetic thinker, who likes to challenge you by looking at things in new ways. Go there, but don't be surprised if you come away thinking differently than the way you do.