Entries from November 2008

In-Flight Wifi, Is It

A strange moment yesterday at San Jose airport: Waiting for my mother to pick me up, standing curbside, I waited for Google Reader to load, and was rather confused to look down again after scanning the traffic for a moment to see a blue page with lots of whippy-around elements instead of Google’s pleasingly anonymous […]

Categories: Business & Media

On the Way to San Jose

Ahh, what a lovely sight…

Categories: Wildcard

If the Big Three Don't Get Their Bailout, Maybe Renault Will Move In For the Kill

Telegraph Motoring – Heating up the horizon<br/> As manufacturers scramble to give us more for less, the future looks hot – for those cool enough to pull it off, by James May I’ve already driven my first small car with a hot engine — the Renault Twingo 133 – and I absolutely love it. It’s […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Poor old Conrad Black: From my cell I scent the reeking soul of US justice First, the good news: I write to you from a US federal prison. It is far from a country club or even a regimental health spa. I work quite hard but fulfillingly, teaching English and the history of the United […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Happy V-I Day!

I’m not totally sure what this is meant to accomplish (something tells me Obama hasn’t been downgrading all his campaign promises so he can sign this into law his first day in office), but there is a natty graphic, which can only help: Zombie has some links to “a few of the best, most informative […]

Categories: War and Peace

Bah, Humbug, and Good Night

Instapundit: MEGAN MCARDLE ON CHRISTMAS AND THE ECONOMY: “The only good thing that I can possibly think of about this financial crisis is that it may break the rat race of constantly ratcheting consumption, which has surrounded most Americans with nice things that don’t really make them happy. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying whatever […]

Categories: Business & Media

Getting Bogey Back

Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd discuss the de-manning of movie males (and where Bogey goes, so goes Lauren Bacall).

Categories: Entertainment

Broccoli and Cigarettes

AACR: Raw Cruciferous Vegetables Cut Lung Cancer Risk Mmm, broccoli. Mmm, cigarettes. I make a lot of broccoli (and a fair amount of cauliflower), and Peter and I always happily munch away while it’s still raw (he prefers it raw), and I rarely cook it past a nice crunchy bite. So this is perfect!

Categories: Science and Nature

VDH In a Grouch

Not that I blame him. The whole thing is worth reading, but I’ll pick my favourite two. PJM – Ten Random, Politicially-incorrect Thoughts, by Victor Davis Hanson 2. Hollywood is going the way of Detroit. The actors are programmed and pretty rather than interesting looking and unique. They, of course, are overpaid (they do to […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A Brief History of Barbary Piracy

The Times – Barbary pirates struck as far north as Iceland<br/> Bribery was no answer to the coastal raids. History Notebook by Graham Stewart Skipping the million or so kidnappings and getting right to the entertaining bits (the end of this really made me laugh): The Church organised payment for their release: collection boxes were […]

Categories: History

Salon Member Proven Right

Rueful Red, in the comments of this post: If the USA really wants to get out of the car business, just give the companies the money now and in 5 years time you’ll all be driving Toyotas, or maybe those neat little Abarths. Ford will be a niche producer of the GT 40. Clarkson May […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Protests and Argumentations

Pictures of an Anti-Prop 8 Rally in Los Angeles (they’ve been having them here, too): Anti-Prop 8 Demonstration – Los Angeles, CA on Nov. 15, 2008. Well, I gotta say they got all the best signs. Love and Equality travel better than “Your behaviour is a gross abomination, read the bible for details.” Or the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCI

This isn’t funny. Yes it is. Tim Blair – DAVE’S KAMPH Do click on the links.

Categories: Business & Media

That's Not a Ripoff Price For a Crappy Car, It's a "Legacy Cost"

Popular Mechanics – GM in Crisis—5 Reasons Why America’s Largest Car Company Teeters on the Edge So a lot of it’s obvious, but this is interesting, in numbers like these: 3. Legacy Costs Every car GM makes carries “legacy costs”—the costs of providing healthcare and pensions to scores of retired workers. For every GM worker, […]

Categories: Business & Media

What the Hell Is Going On In the Western Media?

MSM round-up from the turkey! being slaughtered! while it lived! story, mostly from Tim Blair: NBC finds the video – shot by an NBC affiliate – “too grisly for some”. … Wonkette labels this a “celebration of death”. Writes one commenter: “She is the dumbest whore I have ever seen.”… Elizabeth Snead in the LA […]

Categories: Business & Media