Entries from July 2011

Light and Darkness Are All Relative

This video totally messes with my head: Total Lunar Eclipse In Tajikistan from Jean-Luc Dauvergne on Vimeo. Via Vanderleun: Something Celestial and Terrestrial: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan And that’s the first time I’ve ever filed a post with a tag for Tajikistan. Which is the country just to the north of Afghanistan, btw. […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXVIII

At first I was all, “Oh lawd,” but then I realized I was laughing. Really laughing*: In truth, a kind of British Spring is under way, now that the News Corporation’s tidy system of punishment and reward has crumbled. Members of Parliament, no longer fearful of retribution in Mr. Murdoch’s tabloids, are speaking their minds […]

Categories: People and Current Events

And Now: Four Baby Owls Blinking While Being Weighed


Categories: Science and Nature

Another One (With a Million More Readers Than the NYT) Bites the Dust

The first ever News of the World: The last: More: The Economist – Back to the coffee house The internet is taking the news industry back to the conversational culture of the era before mass media

Categories: Business & Media

It’s Saturday

Weren’t we just here? Short week.

Categories: Wildcard


Well, it’s been quite a day for journalism. Specifically, 200 or so journalists in Wapping who once had a job working for the world’s most-read English language newspaper which has been published since 1843. And for Ryan Giggs’ (et al) social calendar, as it were. A good roundup (but by all means see my retweets […]

Categories: Business & Media

A Punchline For the Internet Age

As someone who thinks “That’s racist” is about the funniest thing ever (that and anything-comma-son, as in “I find this funny, son” which always makes me laugh, no matter the context), I thought this was hilarious, as well as very /facepalm-inducing: The Corner – Jonah Goldberg: ‘That’s Racist’ The accusation becomes a punch line. I […]

Categories: People and Current Events

$5.6 Million For a Certain White Dress

Apparently the price I saw last week was short a full million bucks. In the comments of that post, Brett McS linked to this Virginia Postrel piece: Hollywood Auction Ends Myth of Zaftig Marilyn The auction’s top-ticket item was Monroe’s famous white halter dress from “The Seven Year Itch,” the one that billowed up as […]

Categories: Entertainment

The Leaning Tower of 12th Century Religious Tolerance in Afghanistan

And when I say “leaning,” I mean “woah holy crap somebody prop that thing up or get out of the waaaay”: The 12-Century Wonder and Mystery of Afghanistan Built back in 1190s by the once great Ghorid empire, this enigmatic and intricately-ornamented ancient “skyscraper” stands like a missile pointing at the stars – a 65-meter […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXVII

And now: Tennis! I barely know these people and even I think that’s hilarious.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

100 Years of IBM

Good lord, IBM once had a patent on the bar code.

Categories: History

$4.6 Million For a Certain White Dress

The other day I tweeted that if anyone wants the 90MB PDF of Debbie Reynold’s auction of film memorabilia, here’s the link. Today I noticed this article on the Beeb, about certain higher profile items selling, with this sidenote: Peter Bowes BBC News, Los Angeles Debbie Reynolds has made a mint from her collection of […]

Categories: Entertainment