Entries from June 2010

Poor Old Hitchens

Announced he has throat cancer today and has to cut short his book tour to have chemo on his esophagus. But anyway, the news had a link to this review of his memoirs* (which he was on tour promoting), leading with: In 1973, at the age of 24, Christopher Hitchens was called to Athens, where […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Outside World Is a Strange Place

Here’s an article that Target might be expanding into Canada. They have Costco and Walmart and Sears, but no Target. I just find it interesting how some stores go across the border and others don’t. And I heard on my free-for-six-months-satellite-radio-feed-of BBC Radio 1 that they’re allowing product placements on TV shows in the UK […]

Categories: Business & Media

My Phone Makes Grown Nerds Cry, Does Yours?

Watch this video. Soldiers! AND babies! I defy you to get at LEAST a little misty-eyed! And I hadn’t even THOUGHT of the deaf people! Apple <3 Peter says they played this video at the keynote, and at the sign language part everyone erupted in applause. And really. Yay!

Categories: Electronics

FFS

Reprinted in full: The Corner – April Fools, by Stephen Spruiell More evidence that the Homebuyers Tax Credit was a dumb idea: House prices increased in April, as sellers increased prices to capitalize on the rush to buy before the tax credit expired on April 30th. Then, as soon as the tax credit expired, demand […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I’m Pretty Sure This Is a Bunch of White Guys Singing a Calypso Song About Zombies in New York

Curtsies, who else? Vanderleun

Categories: Entertainment

Trains! I’ve Solved Our Real Estate Problem Edition

Telegraph – New Zealand mountain village for sale for £470,000 Included in the deal are the hotel, fire station, town hall and 18 houses. Otira, population 44, perches at 3,445ft high in the Southern Alps of South Island. Among the town’s attractions are spectacular snowcapped mountains and a pristine national park filled with native birds. […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

On Jewish Cemeteries, Mainly

I’m catching up on my Macleans, and find Mr Optimist outside a Jewish cemetery in Tangiers, full of talk of sanctity from the Moroccan government and the groundskeeper’s laundry… Macleans – Mark Steyn: The lesson of a Jewish cemetery By 2005, there were fewer than 150 Jews in Tangiers, almost all of them very old. […]

Categories: History

My Own Song of the Week

Mark Steyn’s Song of the Week is unique this week cuz it’s a song I’ve played. Played a lot. (We did Guys & Dolls my junior year in high school) Steyn Online – LUCK BE A LADY Song of the Week #173 by Frank Loesser

Categories: Entertainment

If Only There Were Illegals in American Samoa Doing the Jobs the American Samoans Won’t Do

My parents were up today and my dad was talking about this story which, naturally, I hadn’t heard of. Congress raised the minimum wage again and this time, in their wise benevolence, didn’t give American Samoa an exemption: When Democrats in Congress increased the minimum wage in 2007, the U.S. territory of 65,000 in the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Bring Back Home Ec!

A coworker (raised partially, I kid you not, on a commune) had on his Facebook a couple weeks ago a story about a cooking class for toddlers to get them interested in food (he’s very into all this sensory learning stuff). I left a comment, “Bring back home ec!” Don’t know how it went over, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXXXIX

27b/6 – “yeah thats not what I was looking for at all.” From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster Dear Shannon, It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space. Regards, David. READ THE WHOLE THING.

Categories: Catblogging

OH EM GEEE

That thing about design from Steve Jobs hit my Tumblr module RIGHT WHEN MY iPHONE 4 CAME. <3

Categories: Business & Media

I Got Nuthin

Tomorrow’s a big day. So I offer you just this: A dog playing soccer with a deer. Where is that dog’s self respect. EAT THE DEER.

Categories: Science and Nature

A Tale of Two Artists

Wheat & Weeds quotes a couple of fantastic knock-downs of all our favourite painters of light. Sorry, Painters of Light. I admit I laughed heartily at the news of his DUI the other day. Especially since he was originally pulled over for not drilling holes for a license plate through the front bumper of his […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Out to Fix the Disease of Being Female

This right here makes this new Times site worthwhile. You can register for free! For freee! The Times – What do women want? Not a sex drug, thanks, by Janice Turner Two quotes: Who needs these drugs, anyway? Is a woman who doesn’t want sex actually suffering from a medical condition? Unlike a man, the […]

Categories: Science and Nature