Entries from July 2011

Of Interest:

You can search Redfin for Long Island homes between 10 million and No max. Open guesses on which one is Katherine Hepburn’s estate.

Categories: People and Current Events

History’s Greatest Badass

A romping great account of the life of Teddy Roosevelt makes us all wish our presidents still fought bears and practiced judo in the White House basement under Japanese masters. Even if they do still, technically, win Nobel Prizes. Quora – Who is history’s greatest badass, and why?

Categories: History

A Matter of Cash: It’s Come To This

Business Insider – Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday. Apple’s last earnings report showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities […]

Categories: Business & Media

Exactly My Point About Online News Sites

Remember my lil’ rant from a couple months ago? About how I never blog anymore because I can’t stand any news site for more than five seconds, except The Times, which yells at me if I throw too much of their content over the paywall? This is perfect:

Categories: Business & Media

Poverty Confidential

Anthony Bourdain realizes made-for-TV charitable gimmicks can get complicated when surrounded by real poverty, and Sean Penn lives on the side of a mountain in Haiti and actually has some rare truths to share? Surely this must necessitate a new reality show! Wheat & Weeds – Help For Haiti Paved With Good Intentions

Categories: People and Current Events

I’ll See Your College Sophomore and Raise You!

Heh: One of the key debates was over whether or not the fictional President Bartlet should mention “private jet owners” when prosletyzing for higher taxes on the rich. Sam Seaborn, deputy White House communications director in the show, was against the move, calling it “bad writing,” and arguing that such a device “sounds like it […]

Categories: Politics

Tiger Wives!

I love this: Vanity Fair – This Year’s Model: The Trophy Wife vs. the Tiger Wife Especially the “Envious of:” column, which really made me laugh.

Categories: People and Current Events

A (Slightly) New Angle on Hollywood and Politics

It’s kind of hard to convey the newness of the angle in a short excerpt, but if you read the whole thing it (at least struck me as) a very subtly shift from the usual narrative (get it?!) about Hollywood and politics. Telegraph Blogs – Tim Stanley: Why conservatives can’t make it in Hollywood No, […]

Categories: Entertainment

This Week’s Thrilling Developments

I’ve all caught up with Harry Potter! We rewatched Half Blood Prince last night (we barely remembered it) and Deathly Hallows tonight. So we’re primed and ready for the new, last movie. I’m really excited too. Maybe it’s finally (finally) cutting the book up into two movies, but for the first time, and I love […]

Categories: Entertainment

Tobar an Dualchais: This is AMAZING

Tobar an Dualchais – Kist o Riches This website contains thousands of oral recordings recorded in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information. For instance, from the “most popular items” list: Òran an Iolaire This song tells of the sinking […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Holy Eocene Holdover, Batman!

Photos and story of what apparently is perfectly normal, in Australia, over at RC2′s place.

Categories: Science and Nature

Rebekah… Coming Soon in a Reasonably Priced Car?

Jeremy Clarkson’s on rather fine form tomorrow: The Sunday Times – Okay, I’ll come clean on Rebekah and the Chipping Norton plot I’ve kept quiet for six months but now I feel the time is right to tell all. What Rebekah and Cameron talked about most of all is sausage rolls I love the bit […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Somebody Made Me a Tumble Blog

I post this by and large for Half’s benefit. My Tumblr widget shall henceforth be more or less exclusively reblogging from this site. Cooler Than Before

Categories: History

Totally Nontopical Quote of the Day

I haven’t heard this one (I bet it’s apocryphal but meh, who cares): A reader remembered Einstein, who said, “If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that […]

Categories: History

The Murdoch Apologia

In the Spectator: ‘Simon Jenkins, now a Guardian columnist, wrote before the current horrors that Murdoch ‘is the best thing that ever happened to the British media and they hate it.’ He was right. There are obviously many things wrong with Murdoch’s group, but without his epic victory over the print unions in the 1980s, […]

Categories: Business & Media