Entries from August 2010

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLIX

I don’t know if any of you have seen any of these before, but they’re really good, really subtle little videos on Japanese culture. The sushi one is what (I think) first went viral. I won’t say any more.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

It’s Cuz They Respect Their Women More, See

See: SF Chronicle – Afghanistan’s dirty little secret For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means “boy [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Personal Life Update: Not Gone Away; Upwards Ticked

My personal life, hanging in the balance (between the uncertain and the unknown) these past few weeks, is about to get very complicated, indeed. But today we finally reached a point where there’s been some actual, concrete decision-making going on, which has helped enormously. Plus, it was the sort of happy occasion that makes the [...]

Categories: Wildcard

Cricket Correspondents All Hands

If any of you gents want to explain to us the game fixing scandal — for dummies — do, do.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

James May Has Written a Book

It’s called How to Land an A330 Airbus; And Other Vital Skills For the Modern Man, and it’s being excerpted: Telegraph – James May: how to woo with music Women will swoon at your feet if you play them Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata – and, says James May, it’s surprisingly easy to learn There is a [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLVIII

A Dilbert cartoon: CDR Salamander – Sunday Funnies I won’t say why, but this has deep and powerful meaning to us these days. Oh man that makes me laugh.

Categories: Entertainment

I’ll Never Remember All That In An Argument

A very good 10 minute video on the history of the commerce clause and how it’s the source of all our present federal governmental joy: Curtsy: RC2.

Categories: History

Polics In a Ten Gallon Hat

I sense a certain inspiration at work in this Australian campaign ad for Bob Katter: Compare to the similarly-hatted and always ALL CAPS DALE PETERSON: This bodes well, my friends. GUNS HORSES HATS CROCODILES ON THE LOOSE.

Categories: Politics

The Most Powerful Political Forces in Cahleefohnia

WSJ – Ahnuld: Public Pensions and Our Fiscal Future Few Californians in the private sector have $1 million in savings, but that’s effectively the retirement account they guarantee to many government employees. At the same time that government-employee costs have been climbing, the private-sector workers whose taxes pay for them have been hurting. Since 2007, [...]

Categories: Politics

Oh, Personal Life, Go Away

Peter and I are having the most awful, ridiculous #firstworldproblem. And Baby and me have had a bunch of doctor’s appointments this week, for separate issues. So adding that to the whole new house and remodeling up-to-our-eyeballs, things are getting a little out of hand. Exhausting, even. But in a few days everything should be [...]

Categories: Wildcard

Let’s Play Name That Party!

Chris Young, running for mayor of Providence, recently appeared on the local FOX station for a disastrous interview. The worst part? Choose: a) Young bringing/reading notes, b) saying that he attends church for fun, or c) serenading the befuddled interviewer. Watch the video. Or try to. Whatever. It’s pretty excruciating.

Categories: Politics

Enemy at Noah’s Gates

Hehehehe: Wheat & Weeds – Now THIS Is Blatant Anti-Semitism I love that Apple’s dictionary.app can always be trusted to translate the Yiddishisms.

Categories: Food

Sniffle XLXI

Finally had a moment to watch this election night video Brett McS left in my comments the other day: Wayne Swan (“The Hapless”) is Federal Treasurer, which is the equivalent of the US Treasury Secretary (but with somewhat more policy setting power, relatively speaking). Michael Kroger is (or was last time I looked) president of [...]

Categories: Politics

I Have So Many Windows Open Right Now But Absolutely Zilch Attention Span

So, it’s quick links time! Telegraph Blogs – Daniel Hannan: The Internet is dragging Britain away from Europe and towards the Anglosphere Brett McS sent me this one within moments of me reading an excerpt from it in The Corner. It’s an interesting and perhaps obvious point, though I think perhaps a little optimistic. And [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

“Welcome to the World, Miss Cameron”

This is so cute. £.

Categories: Politics