Entries from December 2005

Allow Me to Translate

Telegraph – Why the Beeb wants us to watch less. By Tom Leonard Without the BBC, programme standards will plummet and viewers will be offered nothing but commercially driven tat. Ahem. “Without the BBC, program standards will plummet and viewers will be offered nothing but the sort of crap Americans get.” Sigh.

Categories: Entertainment

Always Winter and Never New Years Eve

Times Online – Miserabilists of the Year 2005: amuse yourself with this catalogue of woe. Notebook by Mick Hume It’s quite amusing. I highly recommend it.

Categories: People and Current Events

Apparently Gerry Let His Newspaper Subsciptions Run Out Last August

Times Online – Non! Enough renditions from an iPod generation with no sensitivity chip, by Gerard Baker So here’s mine. It’s fairly unusual, I think, if not unique. But what matters is that it’s mine. It’s a list of words that entered popular discourse in 2005. First one: Katrina When some bored meteorologist picked the […]

Categories: Business & Media

I Guess "Immersion" Means You Don't Go Straight to the Four Star Hotel, Order Room Service, and Start Looking Up "Incompetent" In Your Thesaurus.

What’s it mean when I start hearing about news stories from my commenters moments before getting them from the news? I blame it on the time zones. Those marvelous time zones. FOXnews – U.S. Teen on His Way Home From Iraq BAGHDAD, Iraq — A 16-year-old from Florida who traveled to Iraq on his own […]

Categories: War and Peace

Lybia II

In December, 2004, I posted Lybia, linking to Michael J. Totten’s photos of his trip there. It’s one of my biggest Google hit pages, for some reason. I think if you searched for “Lybia” I popped up pretty close to the first page for a while. But anyway, a year later he’s written an article […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

What's Short For Preston?

“Pres”? Or “Tony”? Vodkapundit – 1 + 1 = 3 Best baby-birth line ever: Given Melissa’s and my genes, the question wasn’t if he would be born with hair. The question was: How would he have it styled? Cute!

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CLXII

Peter sent me this. It’s long, it’s true, it’s funny, but I’ll quote three of the items closest to my own heart: bynkii – I hates Lucas! I hates it forever! First, on the crap he pulled with the video rereleases (not Hans shot first, which would be too obvious, but something also extensively discussed): […]

Categories: Entertainment

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Wheat & Weeds – See What Comes of Civil Union Laws? Mike Industries – Pirates of Brokeback Valley Awwww! Update: Peter is home early and reminds me that I linked to and provided a photograph of Owen the Hippo back in January, and that it’s one of my biggest Google hits. I guess remembering these […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Peter Recommends XCI

A music video. I won’t say what it is (don’t look at the url) because it took my a full third of the song to place her and then suddenly I realized who it was. It’s a good song tho, and a good video. The cat is awesome. And a new vid for Apply Some […]

Categories: Entertainment

VDH Goes to the Movies

Honolulu Advisor – Hollywood’s misunderstood terrorists. By Victor Davis Hanson When terrorism goes to the movies in the post-Sept. 11 world, we might expect the plots, characters and themes to reflect some sort of believable reality. But in Hollywood, the politically correct impulse now overrides all else. Even the spectacular pyrotechnics, beautiful people and accomplished […]

Categories: Entertainment

This Is Why I See Movies Opening Night and Never Week Days

See, if I’d been there, I would have probably done something to violate the Christian subtext but I’ve never claimed to be a good person. Wheat & Weeds – Take That, Hollywood! Having said that, I finally saw Narnia on Monday. I’d like to see it again, as the experience was greatly marred by being […]

Categories: Entertainment

Hunting, Police, and Television Sets.

Telegraph – Labour legislates, then we try to work out what the law is. By Boris Johnson I don’t know how many burglars are thinking of trying their luck over the New Year holiday, and I don’t want to encourage them, but it seems to me that in rural areas they will have an unrivalled […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Smile to the Death

Times Online – Smirk please: the natural history of a supremely versatile facial contortion. Arts Notebook by Rachel Campbell-Johnston Last item: • THE PERILS of too much smiling were made plain in an article that appeared in The Times some two centuries ago. “A grinning match lately took place at Bridlington,” the paper reported on […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Little Roaring Women

I’ve skipped a lot, but kept some of the better examples. Times Online – We’ve gone from being Amazons to can’t cope, won’t cope wusses, by Carol Sarler “I AM WOMAN,” she sang, “hear me roar.” And so, with infectious exuberance, we did: … As things turned out, however, it wasn’t to be a he […]

Categories: Science and Nature


And this is for the MSM, really: FOXnews – ‘Narnia’ Overcomes ‘Kong’ at Box Office Er-hem. Nyaah! That is all.

Categories: Entertainment