Entries from January 2009

Being Down On the Suburbs In the Suburbs

Telegraph – Revolutionary Road: It’s just snobbery to say the suburbs lack passion, by Charles Moore The novel, which is beautifully written, is rather cruel and condescending to the world it depicts, but at least it makes it clear that the true enemy is not suburbia in itself, but the tragic fact of life that […]

Categories: Entertainment

Jesus Hates Winners

I saw this yesterday on Fox News. A coach leads his girls basketball team to a 100-0 win in Dallas. So the school canned him: “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Happy Day For Happy Aussies

It’s Australia Day, and Flickr has unveiled in its Flickr Commons the photo library of the State Library of Queensland. Of course the one that caught my eye was: Sir Walter Jackson Cooper, Lady Cooper and Queen Elizabeth II at the Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane during the Royal Visit to Australia 1954. Update (1.27): Unhappy Aussies? […]

Categories: History

Blowing Past Three Dimensions Straight Onto Ten!

“Woah” -quoth me, last week when I saw this. How To Imagine The Tenth Dimension<br/> How To Imagine The Tenth Dimension – Watch more How-to

Categories: Science and Nature

I Wanna Baby Elephant!

Curtsy: LGF (I like his title: Baby Elephant Plays with Blue Ball, Cuteness Warps Fabric of Space and Time)

Categories: Science and Nature

How's That Strain Coming Along?

Not good, apparently. Wheat & Weeds – Chocolate Ration Raised Once More AP: Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisive stands. Right. • His inaugural address wasn’t bitchy at all.<br/> • Rescinding Mexico City was no big deal. And neither was approving embryonic stem cell research. ‘Cause no one much cares about abortion one way or another.<br/> • And […]

Categories: Politics

600 Private Jets Flew to Washington For the Inauguration

Democrats don’t need to carpool. They have carbon offsets. The Corner – Byron York: Limbaugh Responds to Obama

Categories: Uncategorized

Now Look Who's Having to Work For It

The Times – Pond Life<br/> If Britain’s relationship with Washington is to remain in any sense special, it will have to be based on substantive cooperation, not history Now more than at any point since the Cold War, there is a strong argument for regarding improved translatlantic relations as a central goal of British foreign […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

In Praise of the Little Technology Addicts

The Times – Don’t worry. Kids are smarter than we think<br/> The modern age is held up as desolate and dangerous for children. But this generation will thrive just like others, by Janice Turner That our children are healthier and safer, have closer relationships with their parents (especially fathers) than any previous generation, have travelled […]

Categories: Entertainment

Whaddya Mean "Farewell Column"?!

Um: The Times – Three hurdles between Barack Obama and a third oath<br/> Despite the slips, things are set fair for the new President so long as he can master the economy, terrorism and Congress, by Gerard Baker This means, that, contrary to what everybody (myself included) has been saying, Mr Obama is not, in […]

Categories: Politics

Nature Reserves: Preserving Millionaires in Their Natural Habitat

I saw this: The Times – Protect this jewel in the Indian Ocean’s crown Free from contact with Man, the Chagos Islands’ coral reefs teem with rich, diverse life. They must become a giant nature reserve, by Frank Pope Coral reefs, the colourful rainforests of the ocean and home to a quarter of fish in […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Saying Farewell to the Great Divider

I think this is the nicest good-bye yet. Tim Blair – GREAT DIVIDER DEPARTS George W. Bush was a good – not great – president throughout two terms marked by the unimaginable complexities brought about following September 11, 2001. (It remains entertaining to ask opponents of subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq what they would […]

Categories: Politics

Tinseltown Tops Four

The nominations are in! And I have seen so many of the movies this year I’m going to go a little crazy and do my nominations now. The movies I’ve seen are in bold, my nominations (based one what I think will win, not my own personal preferences) are listed with each category: • Best […]

Categories: Entertainment

Tiddly Winks: Your All-Purpose Every-Woman's Guide to Getting Responsibly Sozzled While Pregnant

For background, see yesterday’s post. I’m stocking up on my facts, figures, and disgusted scoffs before tonight’s party. The Times – May 2007 – Zero: the new alcohol limit in pregnancy The new advice radically revises existing guidelines, which say that women can drink up to two units once or twice a week. Fiona Adshead, […]

Categories: Science and Nature

By Popular Demand (of 1): My Review of Michelle's Dresses

First, may I say, Michelle Obama is way better looking than Jackie Kennedy. I always thought the proportions of Jackie’s face were a little weird. Her eyes were too far apart. If she wasn’t expensively clothed, she’d have been a different woman. She was thin, and under 40, and that wasn’t exactly the norm. But […]

Categories: Uncategorized