Entries from July 2009

The Truth About Pedestrians

When I was in London on honeymoon last August, I proudly walked Peter up Charing Cross Road to turn the corner into Trafalgar Square (one of my favourite things to do), right on time for the flyover for the 2012 Olympics handoff and to face a huuuuuge crowd of people. I think I noticed something […]

Categories: Art and Literature

How a Physicist Kills a Cat

So far I’ve watched c and Shrödinger’s Cat. I don’t get that damned cat. I mean, I guess I get it now, but I think I never really got the complexity of it. Probably missing the quantum part and only seeing the hypothetical bits, so always wondered, “Why can’t they just set a little timer […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Local Pillar Profiled in Boise Weekly

Bubblehead announced last week he’d been interviewed for a local paper. “Yer a pillar of the community,” I said. But he didn’t mention that they did an ink drawing of him! Luck-eeeeeeeey… Boise Weekly – Joel Kennedy /ninmates erupt in applause

Categories: People and Current Events

If It's Palate Cleanser You're Wanting

Hey so, watch the news today? I didn’t! (This whole Michael Jackson thing… I saw some of the “assets” for the funeral: pamphlets, posters, etc. It reminds me of the old Elvis debate. Fat Elvis or skinny Elvis? So now the question will always be: What colour Michael Jackson do we use?) But if you […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Somewhere Out There, Oxford Academics Are Spending 50 Years and a Million Hours to Make Me Very Happy

I want this book (modern refrigeration never did nothing for nobody; I could totally use the fridge’s space to put it!): The Times – Treasury of words<br/> From Beowulf to Samuel Beckett, the first chronological history of English This week the shimmering shoals of the English language will be netted for the first time. Oxford […]

Categories: History

Trains! And Blatant Gender Defamation

The Times – Here’s where all the women get off<br/> Only men really understand railways, by Michael Gove The most fundamental divide between men and women doesn’t lie in their attitude to Carla Bruni, rugby league, slim panatellas, tinted moisturiser, fabric swatches, Bacardi Breezers or even scented candles. There are women I know who enjoy […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

More on Those Dissenting Clerics

Slate – Did the Toppling of Saddam Hussein Lead to Recent Events in Iran?<br/> Given the connections between Iraq and Iran, it’s not as unlikely as it sounds. By Christopher Hitchens [C]onsider this: Many Iranians go as religious pilgrims to the holy sites of Najaf and Kerbala in southern Iraq. They have seen the way […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Developments in Iran: Confessions and Clerics

I find a couple things interesting about the Iranian situation. One of them is that the Bush administration, having had their character and intentions to completely besmirched over Iraq, couldn’t possibly save a woman from drowning (like, btw, this guy) without Code Pink setting up a protest line, Cindy Sheehan attracting 300 journalists, and random […]

Categories: People and Current Events

My Firstborn Shall Be Called… Giles

I, too, was super-annoyed by Ricky Gervais coming out with Pam Anderson, of all people, against bullfighting last week, but of course I couldn’t articulate why beyond a few irritable sputters, so, thank you Mr Coren, restaurant critic of The Times! The Times – Enough sentimental bull about bullfighting Does Ricky Gervais not realise that […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

When TV Stations Have Fires

Local station KOMO had a fire this morning. We drove past the truck trailer generator today. The building also housed a data center and about half Seattle’s startups went offline. Heh.

Categories: Business & Media

The Lizzie X!

The Times – Grieving families to get new Elizabeth Cross military award The families of thousands of Armed Forces personnel who have been killed on operations or died as a result of a terrorist attack since the Second World War are to receive a new military award. Around 8,000 families will be eligible for a […]

Categories: War and Peace

Ballots Challenged

Daily Mail – Rigged? ‘Suspicious’ Iranian ballot papers show name Ahmadinejad scrawled in same handwriting I think it’s rather sweet that they bothered with ballot stuffing at all. Almost makes it a real election they were stealing.

Categories: People and Current Events

And Where Does Anna Nicole Smith Stack Against John Lennon I Wonder

The Times – After Jacko’s death we know that War is Over<br/> The media fuss over the death of the entertainer tells us that the 1960s culture clash has been resolved. Pop culture won, by Daniel Finkelstein Jackson’s claim to greatness is more prosaic. He sold a lot of records. He may have competed with […]

Categories: Business & Media