Let’s try this and see what happens. Rules are anyone can post any discussion topic in the comments and other commenters join in.
I’ll also use this as a generic housekeeping thread for my own requests, of which right now I have three.
1. My brother is a professional jazz musician. He does a thing where he goes around and does concerts for free in people’s houses, raising awareness of jazz and making a little money by selling his CDs to people who attend and like him. He is currently searching for someone in Ohio to host his July 2nd concert. Requirements are your own piano and an ability to collect an audience of at least fifteen people. If interested, email me at scott[at]shireroth[dot]org and I will give you his email.
2. Handle would like to hold a debate between himself and anyone on the left [EDIT: Debate thread is now here]. I can vouch for him being polite and thoughtful, and think it would be an interesting and productive exercise. I don’t have time to do it myself. If you’re interested, post below and he’ll find you.
3. My blog goes down annoyingly often. If someone with good technical skills who could handle most of the move themselves would like to host me, I will probably say no for now, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have something ready in case the downtime starts increasing. You’d need to be able to handle about 5000 hits a day, more on good days. If you’re willing, let’s talk.
PS: NO RACE OR GENDER ON THE OPEN THREAD THAT NEVER HELPS