Entries from August 2011


ABC – Still Vigilant at the Tomb of the Unknowns Despite Irene Or there would’ve been tears if I hadn’t been stupid enough to click on the video. I figured, “hell, maybe I’ll get something meaningful about the sense of duty to history’s fallen” but no. This video is the first bit of news coverage […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Steve Jobs

Steve resigned as CEO of Apple today. This is making me choke up a little: Daring Fireball – Resigned :(

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXX

May I link to something that is as hilarious as it is foul-mouthed? Please read it anyway, for it is HAH-larious: Craigslist – $1000 Best. Roommate. Ever. Meanwhile, I’m winding down the last two weeks of my time at you-know-which-internet-company and so I’m maxing out my hours while I can, hence the even-lighter-blogging than usual. […]

Categories: People and Current Events

World War Z

Is a book written by Mel Brooks’ kid, Max. Peter really enjoyed it. And they’re making a movie! With Brad Pitt! In Philadelphia! …Which they’re filming in Glasgow! As proven by these totally surreal pictures from the Beeb: In pictures: Glasgow Zombie movie

Categories: Entertainment

Martha Stewart’s Winery (For Kmart?)

Hmm. So I’ve never been to Martha’s Vineyard (though I’ve driven past it), so without that sense of how fabulous it is, I don’t instantly gut-check-react when sitting presidents go there. Could it be, therefore, that lots and lots of people in this country don’t quite get the enormity of the locale, and perhaps it’s […]

Categories: Uncategorized

It’s a Good Thing Brokers Don’t Wear Tank Tops and Shorts to Work

The Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog

Categories: People and Current Events

It’s a Good Things British Kids Don’t Get Their GCSEs in January


Categories: People and Current Events

The Fat Man Cometh?!

Read this. Ignore the update.

Categories: Politics

Reclaiming the Silly Season

No riots. No Norwegian mass murderers. No freak storms. No spying journalists or shuttered newspapers. No royals spending their honeymoon in hotels on opposite sides of South African coastal towns. Finally, it’s truly August, and the press can settle down to fixating on… The early stages of a Presidential Election. And oh my lord I’m […]

Categories: Politics

Children as Manufactured Psychopaths

First, I just found this in my Twitter: Conservative Home – Simon Marcus [Founder of the Boxing Acadamy, based in Tottenham and Hackney]: Listen to the children We are a strange lot, the human race. We learn in funny ways. Once you break a taboo it is gone, once you break a boundary it is […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Die Boomers Die: London Barbecue Edition

Adbusters is reprinting an article from 2007: Adbusters – Generation F*cked How Britain is Eating Its Young, by Maria Hampton The UN’s first ever report on the state of childhood in the industrialized West made unpleasant reading for many of the world’s richest nations. But none found it quite so hard to swallow as the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Screw You, Sirius XM

I hate satellite radio. I hate the idea of (like cable on-demand) a product you’re paying for (via advertising or subscription) sucking so much that you’d “opt-in” to pay more to make it less shitty. Sorry, but that’s what it is: Cable, Radio, 3D films (that last one’s a joke)… But I like the BBC […]

Categories: Entertainment

That One Plus One

Categories: Wildcard

A Selection of Riot Links

Just some stuff I’ve read today that I found all worth reading: Prospect – David Goodhart: The riots at the end of history Guardian – Deborah Orr: UK riots: society must change fundamentally if we are to move on We must put aside petty political squabbles and find a way to give everyone a stake […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Of Rioters and Cheryl Cole

First, a good point well made about the rioters in London: Painting these riots as some kind of action replay of historic political streetfights against capitalist bosses or racist cops might allow armchair radicals to get their intellectual rocks off, as they lift their noses from dusty tomes about the Levellers or the Suffragettes and […]

Categories: People and Current Events