Second Thoughts

R.I.P. Kim Shattuck

10/02/2019

Kim Shattuck best known the lead singer and guitarist for The Muffs passed away October 2, 2019, at the age of 56. The pop/punk musician’s life ended after a 2-year struggle with ALS, according to her husband, Kevin Sutherland. ALS also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” is a rare group of neurological diseases where motor neurons that control walking, chewing,…read more

Seconds of Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton -- Baseball Player/Author

07/12/2019

Updated on 07/13/2019

“You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” — Jim Bouton (1939 – 2019)   It was sad news to learn of the passing of Jim Bouton yesterday, one of the most fascinating and notorious sports figures in U.S. baseball…read more

Cities with the Second-Worst and Second-Best Air Quality in the U.S.

04/29/2019

Several cities in the U.S. had a dark smoggy cloud come over them last week as the American Lung Association (ALA) released its annual State of the Air report. The sobering and slightly depressing report uses data on particulate matter — otherwise known as “soot” — and ground-level ozone — otherwise known as “smog” — that was collected between 2015…read more

The Second U.S. State of the Union Address

01/27/2019

In the never-ending political theater whose current star is U.S. President Donald Trump, even something as mundane as the State of the Union Address had become an issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) had rescinded her invitation to the President to address a joint session of Congress, thus giving pundits everywhere more reason to yell at each other on…read more

“Wolf Totem” — The Second Song Released by The Hu

01/08/2019

Updated on 01/21/2019

Mongolia isn’t exactly the first place you’d think of when you think “heavy metal music”. Although the musical genre has touched most of the world, it’s still somewhat astonishing that it found its way onto the Mongolian steppe. For The Hu, it’s all just music. The Hu is a Mongolian heavy metal band that has been taking the internet by…read more

Louis Rudd — Second Person to Complete a Solo Traverse of Antarctica

01/06/2019

When it comes to polar exploration, history is the mother of all excursion. To close out 2018, Louis Rudd became the second person to complete a solo crossing of the continent of Antarctica. In what seems a repeat of the Shackleton/Amundsen race to the pole (that was a race to the pole and not a traversal of the continent), the…read more