Entries from July 2008

The International Marsupial Tribunal

Telegraph Blogs – The Radovan Karadzic trial will be a travesty, by Daniel Hannan “The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague was little more than a kangaroo court, though without the very real advantages of that kind of legal establishment, namely speed and economy.” Pffff!

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Tortoise Rustlers?!

The Telegraph – By George Sadder news comes from Cosham, Hampshire, of 14 tortoises, including eight young, being rustled from a schoolmistress’s garden – a despicable crime, worse than taking lead from a roof. Tortoises, now no longer legally imported, are popular in Britain, and even the underworld should cold-shoulder tortoise-nappers. Augh nooo!

Categories: People and Current Events

Reaction Timeline: "EW!" "Oh Thank God. "EW!"; Or: I Want it On Record That I Am Against the Telegraph Redesign

Headline: Identical twins marry, give birth to identical twins EW! Subheadline: When identical twin sisters Diane and Darlene Nettemeier met identical twin brothers Craig and Mark Sanders a decade ago… Oh thank god. Then I noticed the Telegraph redesign: Ew!

Categories: People and Current Events

Religious Matters, Offensive and Saudi

Daily Mail – Your fawning offends Islam Archbishop… not your Christianity, by Peter Hitchens This prelate [Rowan "Guess Who?!" Williams] whimpered last week that Christianity was ‘offensive’ to Muslims. Offensive? I know we have been urged to stop being horrid to this inept, terrifyingly well meaning man – and it really is nothing personal – […]

Categories: People and Current Events

iPhone Blogging?

Peter updated me to WordPress 2.6, which has an iPhone app, which, so the legend goes, has photo uploading capabilities. Which should come in pretty handy for, ah, travelling (untethered to a laptop woo!). So let’s see. As a test, I give you Peter’s iPhone 3G and my little old phone taken with my first […]

Categories: Electronics

Bobby's Barnstorming

The Times – ‘I felt no hatred and I did not fear death’<br/> Last month, just before the Zimbabwean election, this farmer wrote a dramatic article in The Times describing President Mugabe’s intimidation campaign. Here he recalls what happened afterwards, by Ben Freeth A lot of prayer features in there. Besides all the guns and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

August Update!

Last night Peter and I broke open a nice(ish) bottle of wine (Louis Martini: twelve dollars) to celebrate our negative-one month anniversary. So I figure it’s probably about time to let everyone know what’s going on. The wedding’s in Menlo Park on August 20th. A Wednesday. The next day we’re getting on a plane, the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Empire of Content

The Sunday Telegraph – Why has China bought Mugabe a mansion? By Christopher Booker It may not be surprising that, as befits any mad dictator, President Mugabe is now the proud owner of a palatial £4.5 million mansion in Harare and a similarly lavish country hideaway, each fitted with the latest electronic security systems, including […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

There's Something In the Water In Kruger

Well. That was unexpected. Full series at Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera. “In the past, there have been reports of crocodiles killing leopards, but this is believed to the first time that the reverse scenario has been observed.” Man, it’s a good thing he had his camera out. Previously: The Buffalo Have Become […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Why I'm Not Reviewing The Dark Night Right Now

When Wall-E came out (Bubblehead hated it “viscerally“? When did he trade his soul in for a high-density, negative-energy-gravitationally-fielded lump of coal?) I went to the Cinerama with a group of Peter’s coworkers on opening night. It’s a lovely old theater just blocks away from their office and it’s always full of happy, shiny, applauding […]

Categories: Entertainment

The Enemies of God

Mr Krauthammer is making quite a splash today. LGF’s been digging in his archives… WaPo – Phony Theory, False Conflict<br/> ‘Intelligent Design’ Foolishly Pits Evolution Against Faith, by Charles Krauthammer Because every few years this country, in its infinite tolerance, insists on hearing yet another appeal of the Scopes monkey trial, I feel obliged to […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The Beauty… It Stings! It Stings!!!

A bit of entertaining journalistic stock-phrasing over at Wheat & Weeds

Categories: People and Current Events

Insurance Loss Adjusting For Grade 10 English Class?

The Australian (from The Spectator) – Each rat his own cat, by Theodore Dalrymple I have always found it worthwhile to talk to people whose work many intellectuals would dismiss as uninteresting. For example, I have found that insurance loss adjusters have the deepest insight into human nature this side of Shakespeare. One of my […]

Categories: People and Current Events

What About Tourists?

This sort of talk makes me nervous. The Times – Telephone booths: the final call<br/> Age shall not wither phone boxes, nor mobiles condemn BT has said it will listen kindly to communities that want to keep their boxes even if the phones inside don’t cover cleaning costs. This is good. The 1925 K2 model […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Thank God For That Anti-French Competitive Spirit

Me last year: What’s “Um” in Prison Slang? Then later in the year: If the French Can Figure It Out… Now all of a sudden: The Times – Prison works. So why won’t we admit it?<br/> If the crime rate really is falling, there’s a simple explanation. We are locking up more criminals, by David […]

Categories: People and Current Events