Entries from July 2010

The Aborigines Might Have a Point About All That Being-Robbed-of-Their-Culture Stuff

Indigenous Australians in traditional costume: Modern white lady hoping to win a beauty pagent in “traditional costume”: Curtsy: Rueful Red.

Categories: Entertainment

Cook Porn III

We close on Friday. And you know what that means? Ohhhh yeahhhh.

Categories: Food

She Who Must Not Be Linked Necessitates This Link to Some Other Guy

More love for the Fat Man, via the Corner.

Categories: Politics

That Was England

This is England is a very good movie. I’d like to point out, though, that none of those people were voting for Maggie before the NF man came along. Ahem. Has anyone done any research why in the 60s – 80s, the British went so spectacularly batsh.t? I mean, you have your Mediterranean countries which [...]

Categories: History

Even the Infographic is Unreadable

click to enlarge And I usually love infographics. :(

Categories: Politics

Executions in Japan

John Derbyshire (an Englishman) mentions two criminals executed in Japan despite the leftyish Justice Minister’s abolitionist stance, and says at the end: Executions in Japan are by hanging: The Japanese at least understand that capital punishment is an act of state violence, not a medical procedure, as in the dishonest and despicable system of “lethal [...]

Categories: Politics

Gotta Love the Inevitable Eventuality of Tax Payer Dollars

This is amazing. All the artsy Brits in my Twitter stream have been moaning about the UK Film Council getting the axe, but then the author Ian Rankin mentioned this article as a “sharp and persuasive critique”. The Times – Good riddance to the UK Film Council, by Chris Atkins The real scandals, however, came [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLIV

Wheat & Weeds – Mad Men, Season 11

Categories: Entertainment

Plants vs Zombies vs Michael vs Jacksons

Those of you (most of you) who don’t play this game won’t get this, but this is OUTRAGEOUS: PLANTS VS ZOMBIES IPHONE PULLS MICHAEL JACKSON ZOMBIE, OTHERS TO FOLLOW It’s a vaguely Michael Jackson-looking zombie doing the thriller dance. What a bunch of GREEDY GUSSES.

Categories: Entertainment

Optimistic German Futurists?

Curtsy to Brett McS for this one: Magic of mobile phones and Wi-Fi foreseen 100 years ago A runaway success in 1910, the book has been reprinted 100 years later – again to huge acclaim. By commissioning experts in their respective fields, editor Arthur Brehmer ensured his book’s incorrect predictions were just as interesting as [...]

Categories: History

Ghost Stories

Hmm, what to link to today… Corner – Wikileaks vs. Democracy It will take time to assess the real harm caused by this dump of some 92,000 classified documents into the public domain by Wikileaks. But as I argue this morning, the Obama administration’s warning that there would be damage seems highly credible. It’s hard [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Two Annoying Hollywood Stars Do Top Gear

Well, Cameron Diaz is annoying. Tom Cruise is weird. But mostly he’s weird because he should be so very good. But then he’s weird and that makes him weirder. But when he’s on, he’s very good. Anyway it’s nice to hear this: The Sunday Times – Jeremy Clarkson talks cars, fighter jets and biscuits with [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

About the Most Interesting Thing You’ll Read Today

Or this week. Or Month. Or, hell, it’s been a bad year: year. WSJ – Lost in Translation New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish, by Lera Boroditsky (professor of psychology at Stanford and editor in chief of Frontiers [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Something Interesting Is Going On In the Home Remodeling Business

We’ve been talking to these dudes, right, for redoing the house we just bought (kitchen, bathrooms, all unfortunately but lovingly done in the 90s). And the topic has come up of lead paint. One guy, a nice guy, quick to laugh, just became very quietly angry, tried to shrug it off, then said it was [...]

Categories: Wildcard

A Story Sweet and Sad and Adorably Good

Telegraph – Wayward Alzheimer’s patients foiled by fake bus stop A German nursing home has come up with a novel idea to stop Alzheimer’s patients from wandering off: a phantom bus stop. “It sounds funny,” said Old Lions Chairman Franz-Josef Goebel, “but it helps. Our members are 84 years-old on average. Their short-term memory hardly [...]

Categories: People and Current Events