Entries from May 2011

More On the Arab “February”

The Corner – Daniel Pipes: ‘Arab Spring’: Misnomer I never use this term, and for three reasons: I’ll just quote two. 1. It’s seasonally inaccurate. The disturbances began in Tunisia on Dec. 17, 2010, at the very tail end of autumn, and the main events took place during the winter — Ben Ali’s resignation on […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

I Read This; I Become HUNGRY

Cream tea wars: Does British food need protecting? Cornish pasties! Cumberland sausages! Clotted cream on scones with tea, oh my!

Categories: Food

Your Mother-Nature-Is-Trying-To-Kill-You-In-Ever-Increasingly-Original-Ways Moment of the Day:

Waterspouts! Dramatic footage filmed from a helicopter by Australia’s Channel 7 shows a series of powerful waterspouts near the coastal suburb of Terrigal, on Australia’s New South Wales coast. Several powerful columns of swirling air could be seen blasting along the water’s surface near the coastline. Channel 7 claimed the spouts reached heights of up […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Happy Memorial Day

Yesterday was the barbecue. Today I’m spending studying to get my dang California drivers license back tomorrow. TEN YEARS I held on to that dang thing as I bounced around the country. JUST TWO YEARS AGO I finally gave in and got a Washington license. Tch. And digging a hole. I hope to spend some […]

Categories: Food

Australian Breakthroughs In Astrophysics Correspondant Brett McS Reporting

He hasn’t actually filed this report, but did forward it on: Brisbane Times – Amelia’s summer job: finding part of the universe A SUMMER internship to learn more about astrophysics turned into a stunning coup for a Monash undergraduate, Amelia Fraser-McKelvie, when she helped solve one of the big mysteries of science. Astrophysicists have long […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Female Drivers (For Freedom)

This is quite good (£): The TImes – The freedom of the road is a feminist issue, by Janice Turner

Categories: People and Current Events

Friday Hugs

Categories: Catblogging

A Tale of Two Philanderers (or Three)

So, we Americans are being told that it’s perfectly awful for Ryan Giggs’ affair to be made public because he has children. Why won’t somebody think of his children. Never mind that he’s famous and with fame comes the ability to send his children to school on private jets, and maybe he ought to have […]

Categories: People and Current Events

If You Ain’t Got the Do Re Mi

Here’s Mark Steyn being cheerful again: I can believe it. That “cry-the-beloved” line is an allusion to Alan Paton’s now mostly unread novel about South Africa. But my thoughts strayed further north, to the white farmers in post-independence Zimbabwe. First, you get some oddly determined visitors and attendant burglaries. Then, the intimidation gets ratcheted up. […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Most Awkward Minute In Transatlantic History

I love how the description of this video is taking umbrage at the Queen’s breach of civility when it’s her song in her palace. Anyway it all adds to the hilarity. Poor Obama. So awkward.

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Best Link Ever

I found this on Twitter. And I’ve already retweeted it. But it’s so good I have to publish here for further enjoyment Buzz Feed – 32 Pictures You Need To See Before You Die

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXI

A Tumblr photo archive: Better Book Titles Half Empty sent me this and I’ve been howling with laughter. Beware of language.

Categories: Art and Literature

Tree Climbing For the Future

Telegraph – Children ‘getting weaker because they don’t climb trees’ Dr Sandercock said: “This is probably due to changes in activity patterns among English 10-year-olds, such as taking part in fewer activities like rope-climbing in PE and tree-climbing for fun.” “Typically, these activities boosted children’s strength, making them able to lift and hold their own […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The Accidental Sea

I have never heard of the Salton Sea, and I grew up in California: A wee bit hysterical in places, perhaps, but ever-so-interesting.

Categories: Science and Nature

Footballer Sues Internet

…Is the news of the day. Some unnamed but very married football star who has a superinjunction preventing newspapers from naming him got named anyway on Twitter (no I didn’t bother looking it up) by an anonymous account. So of course he is suing Twitter. And of course his lawyer told him “Yeah we can […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure