Entries from September 2011

Super Skippy!

Eagle-eyed baby-animal-and-science enthusiast Brett McS actually sent this a couple of days ago so apologies if this has already been celebrated the internet over. The New Scientist – Resurrected ancient protein is a potent antibiotic As marsupials, wallabies give birth to young at a much earlier stage in their development than placental mammals. For example, [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

British Airways

Headphones, a large viewing size, and a darkened room are nicely conducive to a lovely little welling-up in the eyeball area: It’s a brilliant ad, given the current wave of, if not quite nostalgia, then at least respect for All That Which Happened Before Us As Portrayed On Downton Abbey. And anyway, as I’ve said [...]

Categories: History

Quick Links: Death Penalty! Mannequins Smoking at Dinner Parties! European Economics! Writing!

I have stuff stacking up. And I’ll never get around to any of it if I force myself to make a new post for each of them, but I wanna pass ‘em along anyway… Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden: American Way: The shallow anti-Americanism of the ‘I am Troy Davis’ crowd Retronaut – CYNTHIA, 1932 [...]

Categories: Wildcard

When Men Were Men and Life Was Cheap

/delete rant about modern sensibilities Two stories: WSJ – Violence Vanquished We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise. Quoting briefly, but read the whole thing: A look at the [...]

Categories: History

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXIV

This is… a little beyond our usual sphere, but I think if you see this comic strip: Scandinavia and the World – Stop Talking And read the notes below it… And then watch this video, you’ll laugh like stink like I did. (Also, either a couple of these guys have learnt English in Ireland or [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Damn, P.D. James Is COOL

BBC – PD James writes Pride and Prejudice crime novel “I would love to do another Dalgleish,” she said, “but it seemed to me the last book was somewhat valedictory. “I’m very afraid of starting something that will take a long time to write – about three years with all the plotting and planning – [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXIII

I am in tears: TEARS!

Categories: Business & Media

The Emmy’s: I’m Not That Into Red, Girls

Scrolling down this Daily Mail article (by popular demand): The article begins with a line about the A-List. I have no flipping clue who Lea Michele is. But I like her dress. It’s a lovely shade of red. Kate Winslet should’ve gone for something with sleeves. And an extra half an inch around. Who is [...]

Categories: Entertainment

The Modern Day Deck Prism

A couple years ago one of the likelier catalog companies (I’m assuming Pottery Barn but it could’ve been Restoration Hardware) was selling something I’d never heard of to use as a paperweight: Deck Prisms. This seems to be the same idea, but it took a guy to think of it because, presumably, the good folks [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

River/Sewer

This is very interesting (apologies if an ad starts auto-playing; I’ve taken to preemptively muting my speakers whenever I hit the Daily Mail): Daily Mail – Going underground: Mile after mile of ornate brickwork and labyrinthine tunnels which reveal the beauty of London’s hidden River Fleet In true tabloid fashion, the photos are lifted from [...]

Categories: History

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXII

The Trinity College website was hacked. In the most beautiful way. The link that follows is a webcache which hopefully won’t break. This has to be the funniest thing ever. Read the whole thing. Twice. Trinity College – Faculties & Schools: School of English Faculty – Dr Conan T. Barbarian, B.A.(Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D.

Categories: Art and Literature

POOR LITTLE GINGER SEAL PUP

Daily Mail – It’s tough being ginger even when you’re a seal: Lonely pup shunned by his colony AUGH.

Categories: Science and Nature

Peter Recommends CXXXV

Uber Blog – Uberdata: How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better (Uber is a limo service/startup based in San Francisco but operating in New York and planning on expanding aggressively into 30 (or so) markets within the next year or three (I forget the timeline and can’t be bothered to look it up right now), [...]

Categories: Business & Media

West Wing: Writ Large

You know how the TV version of situations everyone’s always younger* than they really would be in real life? For instance a 22-year-old Nicole Kidman playing a neurologist in Days of Thunder. Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist in The World is Not Enough. Meg Ryan as a helicopter pilot in Courage Under Fire. And [...]

Categories: Politics

Oh Hell Yeah: We Get To Do Liz Taylor Hair?

Daily Mail – Michelle Obama favourite Barbara Tfank sends Elizabeth Taylor lookalikes down catwalk at New York Fashion Week *crosses fingers*

Categories: Entertainment