Entries from September 2005

Trying Way Too Hard to Review a Movie

So I’ve enjoyed some of the reviews of Serenity, which I’m looking forward to seeing, and I just sat down to try to sit through Power Line‘s review, which is typically long-winded and unnecessarily wordy, and then I got to this: A fair amount of the plot rests on the ability of the Asian-American actress […]

Categories: Entertainment

Let Me Entertain You IV

Kung Fu Hustle is a silly, silly movie. And one which everyone needs to see.

Categories: Entertainment

Chicks In Flight Suits

I like the picture. Blackfive – First All Female Crew Flies Combat Mission A successful combat mission! Good girls.

Categories: War and Peace

Land of Scary Spiders

BBC Magazine – Danger Down Under Planes packed with 800,000 Britons make the journey Down Under each year to take in Australia’s famed natural beauty. But amid headlines of shark and crocodile attacks, are there a few hazards that visitors should be aware of? I have it on very good authority that in Australia there […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Big Painting, Little Corgies, Strange Waistcoats

BBC – Prince William’s portrait on show The oil on canvas was painted in preparation for a group picture of the Royal family to celebrate the late Queen Mother’s 100th birthday. I’ve seen that painting. It’s huge. The Portrait Gallery had it on a landing somewhere, taking up the whole wall. It’s really cool, I […]

Categories: Entertainment

At Your Service

I love being plugged. Watch this shameless act of self-promotional quoting: Wheat & Weeds – Blogger Delegation Suggest you visit ninme, Queen of Links for interesting articles. She has the VDH on universities from the WSJ online that I’ve been meaning to post for days (BTW, he has a longer piece on the subject in […]

Categories: Wildcard

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXXXIII

IraqPundit – Cole of Arabia I had a good laugh over Juan Cole’s post today. The professor, who defends himself against those who claim he doesn’t speak Arabic or Persian, writes: “I was in Jordan not so long ago to meet with Iraqi intellectuals who came over for a conference. I spoke Arabic with them, […]

Categories: Business & Media

No Cars In Naples

I can’t wrap my head around it.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Water Flowing Upward

Zoë Brain found this: Bad science: What is an implosion researcher? Or an electric field of water? Dr Arbuthnot would like the BBC to say, by Ben Goldacre From, guess! The Telegraph? The Sun? The NY Post? Tony Blair’s private diaries? Click to find out! I wish the news organizations here would do this.

Categories: Science and Nature

A Week In Fashion: Still Kicking

An agent with a soul. Times2 – ‘Devastated’ Kate, by Lisa Armstrong Snippets: “Rumours?” repeats a red-eyed Doukas (she looks like a woman who’s been on the rack). “Look, Kate has always been an unbelievably private person. I’ve never seen the side of her that they’ve written about. She’s always gone to work every day. […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A Logical Strategy

TImes Online – Anglican leadership in Iraq feared dead. By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, and Jenny Booth The entire lay leadership team of the main Anglican church in Iraq is presumed to have been killed after they were attacked while returning from a conference in Jordan. I guess that apology from the church never panned […]

Categories: War and Peace

0.1893936 Leagues Under the Sea

FOXnews – Giant Squid Finally Captured on Film TOKYO — When a nearly 20-foot long tentacle was hauled aboard his research ship, Tsunemi Kubodera knew he had something big. Then it began sucking on his hands. But what came next excited him most — hundreds of photos of a purplish-red sea monster doing battle 3,000 […]

Categories: Science and Nature

In the Underworld of Escapism

Fushigi Yûgi is my crack cocaine.

Categories: Entertainment

I'm Not Bitter

Sure I emailed the Serenity people moments after I heard about the advance screenings for bloggers and didn’t get anything back in response, but my enthusiasm is unabated. Anyway, Blackfive got to see it, and he’s come back with a really good review (no spoilers): Blackfive – Serenity Review Update (9.28): Instapundit has his own […]

Categories: Entertainment

Pro-War Peaceniks

Pro-war until world domination, that is. This one’s a winner: Slate – Anti-War, My Foot: The phony peaceniks who protested in Washington. By Christopher Hitchens Tantalizing excerpt: To be against war and militarism, in the tradition of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, is one thing. But to have a record of consistent support for war […]

Categories: Politics