1. White farmers in Zimbabwe are looking to the tribunal of African judges set up by the SADC for legal help in ongoing conflicts over land redistribution. I've wondered if this could be an opening for the southern African nations to demonstrate their displeasure with Mugabe, but given the volatility of the issue across much of southern Africa maybe not. Land tenure is messy, messy stuff.
2. Paste has a piece on the newest addition to Sufjan's Asthmatic Kitty label, The Welcome Wagon. The group is a husband wife duo from Brooklyn, he's a presbyterian pastor (Aside: I like the simple clean look of their church website). Sufjan, who produced, arranged and contributed, sums up their record, which I like, quite well:
It’s a Presbyterian ordained minister and his wife, playing religious songs. Take it or leave it.
3. From Salon: In defense of pie (a defense I am in whole hearted support of, though at my wedding we opted for cheese cake which is, I suppose, a sort of pie/cake hybrid compromise).
5. Amazon is selling their top 50 albums of the year in mp3 format for five dollars each. My favorite album of 2008 is there if you don't have it yet as well as a few others that would be in my top 10ish: Gnarls Barkley, Santogold, and Girl Talk.
6. Happy New Year.