The Prank at THE GAME

[Everyone knows that THE GAME is not THE EVENT that the people participating in it make it out to be. But, reality aside, it's still can be cool in its own pointy-headed, effete, nattering-nabobs-of-negativity-kinda way. In 2004, for instance, Yale pulled off a prank that has set a new standard for nuttiness in college football... Continue Reading →

A Question of Color

[Silverbelles and Silverbacks are very provoked by this question. Should these statues be colored, or is that blasphemy? SB SM] Vol. 41, No. 3 / November 2022 Dispatch November 09, 2022 06:00 pm Installation view of “Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color,” on view through March 26, 2023 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo: Anna-Marie Kellen, Courtesy of... Continue Reading →

The 12 Best Music Podcasts

[I am increasingly listening to podcasts, although I am finding the world of podcasts increasingly difficult to navigate. There has been an explosion in podcast content. The best exlanation for this comes from my favorite podcast, the BlindBoy, who says that corporate media are investing heavily investing heavily in podcast content in anticipation of the... Continue Reading →

The Snowpants Rule

[Every issue of Green Living contained a Publisher's Page in which I tried to sound like a mature, adult-like person, not the eternal adolescent who brings you the Silverback Digest. Wearing my publisher hat, I always try to sound like a fellow who in another era would smoke a pipe. SB SM] by Stephen Morris... Continue Reading →

Visions of The Jungle

[Big News ... Part 3 of Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera has now been published. Now, back to the silliness. SB SM] Here are two very different takes on what it means to be a resident of the contemporary Jungle. Could there be more contrast. A minute or so of the Carrie Underwood Jungle will give... Continue Reading →

Garrison Quotes

[Garrison Keillor sends me his columns two, or is it three?, times a week. They're not as good as they used to be, but I'm willing to cut him some slack. Hey, the guy's over 80, and his output is still impressive for both quality and quantity. The columns are still engaging enough, and usually... Continue Reading →


Alive in the Flapping of Infinite Orange Wings Monarch butterflies’ epic annual migration from North America to Mexico inspires an anthropologist to reflect on this insect’s precarious life cycles through the lens of “multispecies ethnography.” By GIDEON LASCO 1 NOV 2022 Gideon Lasco is an anthropologist and a physician based in Manila, the Philippines. He obtained his... Continue Reading →

More on Maritime Cybersecurity

[Steven Shepard actually knows what he is talking about, in contrast to me, SB/SM, who has 0 credentials in the field of maritime cybersecurity. SB Bill (Hinesburg SBs) passed along the recent post on the subject by Silverback Digest to Dr. Steven D. Shepard who happens to have written a book on the subject. Both... Continue Reading →

Oh Boy … something new to worry about

[You know what a major cable disruption would mean? No daily Silverback Digest! SB SM] MATT BURGESS published by via NOV 2, 2022 The Most Vulnerable Place on the Internet Underwater cables keep the internet online. When they congregate in one place, things get tricky. THE ASIA-AFRICA-EUROPE-1 INTERNET cable travels 15,500 miles along the... Continue Reading →

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