Entries from August 2011

Riot Advice

The Times went to the Metropolitan Police (London) to ask what people should do if caught up in the middle of a riot; if one is wearing a hoodie and wants to communicate with the police that it’s really just a hoodie; if looters come to their home and try to help themselves to their […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Mayor Nutter, Keepin it Real

WaTi – Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after ‘flash mobs’ “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

London [Bridge] Is Falling Down

Oof: Telegraph – London riots: live Rolling coverage of the third night of violent disturbances in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, with widespread arson and looting reported across the capital. So the story goes, as I understand it (largely from Twitter), some poor kid gets killed by police last week, and some (idiots) in his […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Musings: I Don’t Think There’re Enough Private Jet Owners To Cover This

Something to spoil your day (and I’m not even touching the end-times stuff this is predicating): The Corner – Mark Steyn: Mad Debt A threat to liberty. Forget about mid-century. We’ve got until mid-decade to turn this thing around. Otherwise, by 2020 just the interest payments on the debt will be larger than the U.S. […]

Categories: Politics

E-Books and Woodblock Prints Together at Last

Oh hell yeah: BBC News – British Library offers e-classics app for iPad The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad. Texts appear in fully digitised form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books. […]

Categories: Art and Literature


I have a thing for industrial machinery. Those car ads that show the robots? Coolest thing ever. That Mr Rogers that showed the factory making drinking straws? Still seared into my memory. Also I like fashion, and I think I’d really rather like to go to Finland.

Categories: Business & Media

The Thin Man

I love this movie. And no I didn’t really get the plot either. Roger Ebert – The Thin Man (1934) (I actually have a boxed set of the full series.)

Categories: Entertainment

Double Plus One!

Brett McS sent me an email. And boy howdy, what an email. About Australia. Western Australia, to be less general. After a rainstorm, to be ever more precise. But before I could brush off ye olde image uploader, however, RC2 beat me to it. So I’ll save myself the resizing and just link: Wheat & […]

Categories: Entertainment

In My Light Blogging, I Fear You All Might Be Too Cheerful

So here’s a Mark Steyn for you: A Post-American Planet: Decline starts with the money, but it doesn’t stop there](http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/273161/post-american-planet-mark-steyn?page=1).

Categories: Politics


We got our hands on the original Danish version of The Killing. We have two episodes left. We are going to spend tonight watching them. Updates as events warrant. Update: Well. Golly.

Categories: Entertainment