Entries from August 2013

Syria II

(Oh hey I have Sky News live broadcast on my Apple TV!) So Sky is getting the vox pop in Syria about the Western options, and this guy (so, obviously not a government stooge) just said, “We support air strikes against government targets; not against civilians but where the government’s weapons and forces are stored”* […]

Categories: War and Peace


Readers, I put it to you that, this endless back-and-forth no-good-answer about what to do with Syria, this is why Western powers were once so keen on empire.

Categories: War and Peace

*Cough* Feminism

Can I just say, notwithstanding anything else (because, God, let’s face it, the cast of characters is getting way too big to follow), I wish Good Luck to Chelsea Manning, formerly of Bradley fame, and hope that she’s able to cope with whatever it is she’s going through on top of, oh gee, the terrible […]

Categories: War and Peace

Alan Titchmarsh Reads!

Amazing Bible Stories! I’m going on a small car trip tomorrow with The Child and was looking up books on tape on iTunes (remember those cassettes that came with Disney storybooks? yeah they don’t exist anymore) and! And! “King Saul could give no answer /Yorkshire accent Update: There’s also Judi Dench doing the alphabet, and […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Aethelflaed, the Lady of Mercia

See, the trouble with the entire world, really, is that we live with the internet, wherein I know that there’s this TV documentary airing, even if it is airing in a different country, but I still know about it, and I still see people’s reactions to it, and I can still Google it and see […]

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CXLV

I love this. Because kids’ movies are SO BAD: The Atlantic – You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids’ Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self-Esteem? Encouraging kids is fine, but films like Planes and Turbo take their messages to an extreme. Parents should turn to 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown for a reality check. […]

Categories: Entertainment

Two Threes

Categories: Wildcard

Becoming Chinese

So this is very good, and although it’s long (although, not as long as I thought it would be; I was reading it this morning on my phone and emailed it to myself to finish later because I thought I was less than halfway but it turned out I had one paragraph left and the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Why Can’t We Burn Trash?

(And pave the roads with the greasy soot residue?) Sweden imports waste from European neighbors to fuel waste-to-energy program

Categories: Science and Nature


God I’m bored. Twitter is a lovely, lovely place. I don’t understand people who can’t get into Twitter. I used to work for a lady who was (HAH) spearheading the (HAH) social (HAH HAH) outreach for the support side of a major brand name internet monetization product, and she said proudly to me, on my […]

Categories: Business & Media

In My Glorious Rule… (II)

Rich people would be forced to contribute to public works. Why, in the Bay Area, where houses (albeit large ones, but nothing particularly old or historic or haunted or with a moat) sell for a hundred million dollars, do we have a historic lighthouse begging for change so it can be repaired before it literally […]

Categories: Uncategorized

In My Glorious Rule…

We would build miles of neighborhoods like these (near suburban train stations, downtown cores, over deserted and hideous strip malls…) SF Girl by Bay – LITTLE HOUSES OF WESTLAKE. They’re all 2 or 3 bedroom homes, with 1 bathroom, and tiny, manageable yards. Because to get started on the housing ladder, you do NOT need […]

Categories: History

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCIII

Il Balletto del Carabiniere So much <3.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

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