Entries from July 2010


I was at Ikea the other day and couldn’t find where they’d put their damned 100 watt bulbs. Ikea – IKEA TO PHASE OUT INCANDESCENT LIGHTING IN ALL US IKEA STORES BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2010 EFF. *howls* Now I’ve just discovered a WHOLE LINE of products that they don’t carry at the Seattle store and […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Worst Remake Ever

The Times – This new Karate Kid kicks where it hurts, by Sathnam Sanghera This is the most incredible tale of WTFness, but this really takes the cake: One of the biggest problems with the new film is the change of setting. Instead of moving from New Jersey to California as a result of his […]

Categories: Entertainment

I Have Met With THREE Contractors

And a fourth one perhaps next week. Anyone know if there are any good tells to look for that they’ll disappear halfway through the job and leave you with no functioning sinks and a mountain of broken concrete in the yard? Like maybe a narrowing of the eyes? A twitch of the hand? An expensive […]

Categories: Wildcard

More WWII Parallels!

ABC’s Jake Tapper: President Obama, White House: Al Qaeda Is Racist “Additionally, U.S. intelligence has indicated that al Qaeda leadership specifically targets and recruits black Africans to become suicide bombers because they believe that poor economic and social conditions make them more susceptible to recruitment than Arabs,” the official said. “Al Qaeda recruits have said […]

Categories: War and Peace

Peeking Over the Paywall

Uh oh: Michael Wolff – What’s Really Going on Behind Murdoch’s Paywall? My sources say that not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itself—who have free access to the site—are not going beyond the registration page. It’s an empty world. The wider implications of this emptiness are only just […]

Categories: Business & Media

There’s a Very Large Balloon In Here

It’s shaped like a bird. It’s at least three feet long from beak to filagreed tail. Been to the zoo, been baking a cake, been taking the day off. Tomorrow: house stuff!

Categories: Wildcard

I’ve Left It Too Late Again

So this time I give you a picture of a baby sea otter, sucking a pacifier. Curtsy: ZooBorns. Baby turns one tomorrow. We’ll be at the zoo.

Categories: Science and Nature

I’ve Left the News Until 10.30 So Instead I’ll Tell You More About the House

Friday, LUNCHTIME: The house gets listed. Friday, LUNCHTIME: Our real estate agent calls us. Both of us. I’m at Peter’s work for lunch so we’re there together. We agree to meet her at 4.30 that afternoon. Friday, just after LUNCHTIME: I drive past the house on my way home. I don’t see it. But I’m […]

Categories: Wildcard

Hmm, So I Think We Just Bought a House

Further updates as events warrant. When the inspector finds the indian burial ground in the basement, for instance. /touch wood

Categories: Wildcard

Toy Story III

I haven’t seen it yet (baby), but I’ve allowed myself to break the usual Pixar-related embargo (because this is the first one I haven’t seen in the theaters since I’ve been out of school), and I think it’s probably a bad sign if I can’t get past the spoiler-lite conceptual-overview high-concept plot set-up without welling […]

Categories: Entertainment

More On Iran’s Curious Moral Habits

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been “spared” stoning (she might still be hung though), but it’s brought up a subject we don’t often hear much about: The Times – Is female sexuality more wicked than murder? By Janice Turner Last week I met an Iranian woman who, if she had remained in Iran, could have been […]

Categories: People and Current Events

High School Reading Lists Explained

WSJ – Curse of the Greedy Copyright Holders, by Tony Woodlief (author of the memoir on fatherhood and marriage, “Somewhere More Holy”) Further, this editor noted that one reason literary anthologies and college-course syllabi have replaced classics with less edifying sources like newspaper articles and diaries is simply that major artists in the American literary […]

Categories: Art and Literature

The Stuff You Find in Autoblog…

Autoblog – Report: Former Audi employee convicted Nazi war criminal Yeesh.

Categories: War and Peace

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s Unhuman, Inhumane Fate

The Times – ‘Stop the stoning’ The execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, who has already spent five years in prison and received 99 lashes for alleged adultery, would “disgust and appal the watching world”, the British Government declared, as Sir David Hare, Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Juliette Binoche, Katherine Hamnett, the fashion designer, and […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Good Restaurants and Design-Led Hotels

A restaurant review in The Times: Giles Coren reviews Brasserie Joël, London SE1 What preposterous gastronomic oxymoron to serve such stellar names of old rural France in this wizened prepuce of an urban planner’s foetid, guilty nightmare? I love it.

Categories: Food