Entries from February 2010

One Quick “Ouch” Before I Turn In

Rod Liddle: Just like you, I will be glued to my TV tonight to watch the first instalment of a Channel 4 series in which famous figures of today choose an iconic figure from the past and explain how influential they have been to their lives and philosophical outlook. Tonight we have Sinn Fein’s charismatic [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

When Men Were Men, Women Were Women, and Cigarettes Advertised On Children’s Cartoons

RC2 found this Flinstones-sponsored-by-Wilson Cigarettes ad, calling it “truly edgy”: Honestly, this it does come off just like something Family Guy would do as satire of this kind of thing. So hilarious.

Categories: Entertainment

I Got Hacked!

This morning RC2 shared my Tiger Woods story on her Google Reader (which gets pushed to her sidebar) and, seeing it pop up in my newsfeed, I thought I’d click through and check I spelt everything correctly. Then I got redirected to a scary referral spam page. So I called Peter in to look at [...]

Categories: Wildcard

Alexander Haig

Honestly, I’d never heard that story about him and the White House and Reagan getting shot. So here’s RC2, for all your remembrance needs: Wheat & Weeds – No Longer In Charge Poor Alexander Haig will always be remembered for his Constitutionally-mistaken effort to keep everyone calm when President Reagan was shot. Everyone acts as [...]

Categories: Politics

Can I Get a Journalist With a Drinking Problem, Please

I was about to make a crack yesterday that, apparently, nobody in the MSM has ever been near drugs or alcohol, because nobody got what Tiger Woods was doing yesterday. It was obvious when he announced the press conference he’s in a 12 step program (and he even referenced it in his speech), because the [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXXX

Still sick. Just WATCH this: Final Season Of ‘Lost’ Promises To Make Fans More Annoying Than Ever A slightly-unsteady-from-laughing curtsy to: RC2′s Google Reader. (And omg how much do I love Lindelof and Cuse for taking part in that?!)

Categories: Entertainment

Still Sick; Take It Away, Mark Steyn

Macleans – The absurd trial of Geert Wilders, by Mark Steyn Point A: Geert Wilders, by contrast, is one of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands, and his fate is central to the future of his kingdom and his continent. He is an elected member of parliament—and, although he’s invariably labelled “far right” in [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

The I’m Sick Link Dump of February, 2010

SO MUCH but so little energy… On Unions and how to deal with them: Corner – State of the Nation, by John Derbyshire This headline brightened up my breakfast: Unionized Rhode Island Teachers Refuse To Work 25 Minutes More Per Day, So Town Fires All Of Them Yeee-HAH! The teachers at the high school make [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Japanese Pesos, and Other Curiosities

Have I mentioned the currency exhibition I saw at the British Museum in 2001? It was awesome. So nerdy, so arcane. Anyway this is like that, but on an international scale. And not in real life, alas: Funny Money: Unusual and Fascinating Currency this is currency from Japan’s occupation of Hong Kong, which is prettier [...]

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CXXII

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Categories: Entertainment

FIAAAAAAAAT x50

This is our spreadsheet: It is slightly incomplete (Peter just added the fuel tank field and as you can see the warranty information is a little tricky to find) but last night he announced that he cannot for the life of him think of a car he missed. Yellow are so far the ones that [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

On Happiness and Being In An Open Relationship

Bwah hah hah: Mashable – Facebook Analyzes How Relationship Status Impacts Happiness [STATS] Facebook already has a methodology for measuring the overall “happiness” of its users. It basically looks at how many positive words people use in their status updates (for English speaking users). This results in the USA Gross National Happiness Index. For this [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Greece!

This whole thing has been very entertaining. The situation they’re in, the protests, then the German reaction, etc etc… Germans say euro zone may have to expel Greece: poll The poll also showed 67 percent of Germans did not want Germany and other EU states to give billions of euros in credit to Greece. “If [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Facebook Login

(I have a sick sense of humour, using that title) Okay, now that I’ve caught myself up to this story, do the following things: First, go to http://www.facebook.com/ and take a good look. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an account. Second, scan this article (it’s not that interesting, so just get the gist [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

A City Without Billboards

At Issue Journal – A City Without Billboards Known as one of the world’s worst billboard jungles, Sao Paolo was rife with illegal billboards and signs. Advertisers had bought up virtually all available street and wall space in the city to hang their gigantic marketing messages. To earn money, some poor residents even sold the [...]

Categories: People and Current Events