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

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

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

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

Ah Hah, Mark Steyn’s Written a Book

I thought, when he disappeared last summer after his Kangaroo Kourt proceedings were at an end that he’d be back in the fall with a new book on the subject, but it’s this year that he’s come back with a new book on the subject: Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech And The Twilight Of The […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Wanna Retweet This SO BAD

From @wheatweeds: Dang. Now we have to let him put it in Manhattan. http://americandigest.org/Bomb%20Mot.jpg If I RT that, heads would explode. Which would be great, but I’m chickening out anyway.

Categories: War and Peace

Die, Boomer Laity, Die!

Oh man, curtsies to RC2′s Google Reader for this one (I’m a couple days behind): The myth, cherished by Generation Narcissus, that Jesus made precious, precious Us—the Baby Boomers, source and summit of all goodness, and final peak toward which all human history has been straining—-into the rightful teachers of the Church and that the […]

Categories: History

I Wish Mr Rurik All the Luck In the World

Telegraph – Ivan the Terrible descendants launch court case to get Kremlin back The Russian state has been given a month by a court to prove it owns the Kremlin after descendants of Ivan the Terrible filed a lawsuit to stake their claim to the Moscow landmark. So good. The problem for the state is […]

Categories: History

File Under Stuff That Would Be Complete Gibberish Ten Years Ago And Is Still Kinda Just Weird

Telegraph – North Korea joins Facebook North Korea appears to have joined the social networking site Facebook after its Twitter account was blocked by South Korea under the country’s security laws. :\

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs