Entries from October 2010

Today’s Feminist Outrage du Jour

(Redundant, ain’t I?) The Sunday Times – India Knight: Kids, putting the man first makes a family Where else is he supposed to go on the list? Kids first, work second, husband third — how does that work in terms of a happy ending? Kirstie Allsopp, the presenter of Location, Location, Location, has got into […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Chilean Miners: Fame and Wine; The Frivolous West Reacts

Today I went on a farewell trek downtown, said goodbye to my office (I don’t leave my job, just my building), had dinner with some of Peter’s former coworkers… Another busy day. So, for blog post, I give you, the current events à la Celebrity Watch (ie Caitlin Moran): 1 UP The Chilean miners On […]

Categories: People and Current Events

What Can Brown Do For You?

Oh man: Wheat & Weeds has several amazing miner morsels: The wonderful story of the rescue of the Chilean miners has an American twist: their rescue was engineered primarily by an American named Jeff Hart, who’s made himself into the world’s foremost drill expert. Jeff Hart was drilling water wells for the U.S. Army’s forward […]

Categories: People and Current Events

TB In the Digital Age

Not quite as dire as perhaps it once was: This is Christiaan Van Vuuren, who spent about 6 months in quarantine in Sydney for tuberculosis. So, it’s quite funny, gee doesn’t it suck to be him, except… Look at him! He’s quite fit! he’s good looking! He can exercise and apparently breathe normally! Nobody would […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Kabul In the 1950s

“Biology class, Kabul University.” More pictures, and a sweet statement of purpose, at the link.

Categories: History

Dear John, From Hal

Something James Delingpole found for his Telegraph blog, and reprinted in its entirety (as am I (can’t stop the signal!)): Dear Curt: [as Dear John letters go, "Dear Curt" is a really good one] When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted […]

Categories: Science and Nature

In the Independent

Independent Blogs – Yet more reasons why the Iraq war was right, by John Rentoul (Chief political commentator for their Sunday paper? Seriously?) Read the whole thing. Don’t read the comments.

Categories: War and Peace

Don’t Bring Up Rule Of Law: The Journalists Will Only Get Flustered

Wheat & Weeds – Too Big To Heal Here’s a story outrageous eight ways to Sunday. McDonald’s is probably going to drop its health care coverage thanks to Obamacare. We won’t rehearse the abomination that program is to individual health and the health of the republic. But get this. McDonald’s is asking for a rule […]

Categories: Business & Media

There Is a God, Etc

[Daily Mail – Warner Bros announce that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will not be released in 3D(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1319031/Warner-Bros-announce-Harry-Potter-Deathly-Hallows-Part-1-released-3D.html)

Categories: Entertainment

Mariah Carey For the Saudi Market

SO funny.

Categories: Entertainment

Letters From High School

I never read much Sylvia Plath, but I had a friend who did and we read Lady Lazarus in one of my classes and she stands out quite vividly, to say the least. Anyway it’s rather exciting to see my Twitter feed and the press suddenly get fired up about a poem: The Times – […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Let’s Tango

Apropos of nothing at all except that EVERYONE in my Facebook feed linked to this today so it was kinda hard to avoid: GOTAN PROJECT – RAYUELA from Ya Basta records on Vimeo.

Categories: Art and Literature

Pecking Orders There, Here

India Knight in the Sunday Times, on the Milliband Brothers’ big week: But families are more complicated than that. When Jo Johnson — the Conservative MP for Orpington who is brother of Boris, mayor of London, and of Rachel, editor of The Lady — got a starred first from Balliol, Oxford, and was invited to […]

Categories: People and Current Events

*Weeps With Quiet Joy Over Her iMac*

Remember the video where they let loose a bunch of cats in an Ikea in the UK? http://ikeacat-alogue.co.uk/

Categories: Catblogging

Hail Sweden

It helps that I’m undergoing a resurgence in love for Scandinavian interiors… NRO – Duncan Currie: Sweden’s Quiet Revolution Without much fanfare, the Scandinavian country has been moving away from socialism. In fact, contemporary Sweden is much less socialist than many Americans realize. Since the early 1990s, when it suffered a painful financial crisis, the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs