Entries from August 2010

It Makes Augustus Look Like a Doofus

io9 – Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked (That’s a Roman statue there, says the girl who took two years of art history classes.) Curtsy: RC2.

Categories: Art and Literature

Trains! Across the WORLD! Edition

The Times (£) – From Beijing to London in 48hrs? Now that’s a great rail journey High-speed technology and investment is about to make railways competitive again. Bargain airlines may have made previously forgotten cities accessible but security and congested skies have added hours to the journey. Trains can offer greater comfort, more space and […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Peter Recommends CXXV

“I love the internet sometimes”: Auto-Tune the News Hits the Billboard Top 100 Watch the videos. The first half of the first one if you haven’t seen it already, then the second one, then go find a dsl line and hug it.

Categories: Electronics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLVII

I think I’d intended this for yesterday, but it’s a good thing I forgot because lord, there is nothing going on. But this was quite hilarious: If you’ve ever traveled by budget airline, and I’m an American so I never have, you’ll really appreciate it.

Categories: Business & Media

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

We’ve been watching Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It’s a good movie, generally. I’ll make no comment on the bohemian morality here. But the pacing and music and light is lovely (and apparently Woody Allen is good for a baby’s frayed nerves, too). It’s funny though. Everyone in the film is idle. The Americans because they’re rich, […]

Categories: Entertainment

Tony Blair’s Lying, War-Mongering, Money-Grubbing GUILTY CONSCIENCE

The Times – Is giving away £5m a reason for such hatred? By David Aaronovitch Tony Blair announced he’d give the proceeds from sales of his new autobiography to a veterans charity (a quarter of his net worth, apparently), and this sparked a most incredible reaction. Yesterday a letter was published in the Guardian (natch) […]

Categories: War and Peace

Saving Teenagers, Walking Visas

This is very good: The Times – The British girls disappearing into forced marriages, by Lucy Bannerman “I was told I was staying here for ever,” she says [Tania (pseudonym), 16]. “For ever” often used to mean until 18 – the minimum age at which a Briton could sponsor a spouse’s entry to the UK. […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLVI

Yesterday as I was pulling into Target, Radio 1 (still have the free Sirius radio in my car) played Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind, which is a very good song, but which I didn’t need to have in my head all day (especially as I mostly just loop the Alicia Keys bits over and […]

Categories: Entertainment

New Word: Infestatio

India Knight’s column today is really incredibly sweet (and, given that my illness convinced Peter to watch half an old Miss Marple last night before going to bed spending a half hour chasing a spider the size of a bloody cockroach around the room from atop a couple of chairs with a spray can of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Don’t Even Get the Joke That Wasn’t

James Delingpole: On Any Questions I apparently told a joke so offensive that it had to be censored by the BBC. I say “apparently” because I wasn’t even aware I’d told a joke, let alone one worthy of censorship, till I discovered that the BBC had cut it out of the Saturday lunchtime repeat of […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Sussing Out Possible Omens

A Chinese boy is born with 6 normally-growing digits on each hand and foot, giving him 24 total. Strangely, three months before the birth of Guangchun, his family’s sow also labored a weird shaped piglet, which had eight legs, two mouths and four ears. His mother says: “The pig died two days later. It possibly […]

Categories: Science and Nature

What About the R in Ass

This is interesting. Because I’m a nerd. I’m a nerd okay? A nerd! Jeez! Nick Patrick – Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? While most American accents are rhotic, the standard British accent is non-rhotic. (Rhotic speakers pronounce the ‘R’ sound in the word “hard”; non-rhotic speakers do not.) So, what happened? In 1776, […]

Categories: History

The Hipsters Shall Save Us All

Hats are enjoying a revival: WSJ – Discovering Hats, a New Generation Brims With Anxiety Over Etiquette<br/> Old Rules Flummox Young Hipsters; ‘I’m Wearing an $80 Fedora!’ Many companies are no longer around to see the current revival. The number of manufacturers of fur-felt hats, wool-felt hats and hat forms in the U.S. totaled 185 […]

Categories: History

If All You’ve Seen So Far Has Been a Celebration of the Vanquishing of the “Tyranny of the Majority”

…Here’s a good round up of what actually happened: When he got to the “findings of fact,” he routinely stipulated and interpreted things in the most favorable light for those advancing same-sex marriage and called them “facts.” Here are examples of many of his facts and findings, which you are urged to read slowly and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

That One Minus None

Categories: Wildcard