Absolutely the Most Wonderful Item of the Day

Commander Chris Hadfield, of the Canadian space agency, who has probably done more for space exploration than anyone this side of the moon landing, has recorded a revised David Bowie to commemorate his time on board the International Space Station: Space Oddity Watch it big, and up the quality.

Categories: Science and Nature

Trains! That’s-My-Kinda-Nerd-Eh? Edition

The Guy with the Train in his Basement Curtsy: Vanderleun.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

The Cercei Lannisters of the Free World

Oh jeez: NRO – Mark Steyn (from 2 weeks ago): Pipe Dreams (File under: Principles, China, and Bullet-Ridden Feet)

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Ghost Ship

Creepy: BBC – Japan tsunami ‘ghost ship’ drifting to Canada A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada. An aircraft patrolling the seas off British Columbia saw the 15m (50ft) vessel seen floating 275km (170 miles) from the Haida Gwaii islands on […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Albertans: All Young and Outdoorsey

Totally. (remember to breathe) – Travel Alberta I love this video. Watch it big.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Screwed Middle

This is very good: The Times – Will the people in the middle ever get richer? By Philip Collins Alarming.

Categories: People and Current Events

Fun With Cold

Evaporating Water in -30C in Yellowknife, NWT

Categories: Science and Nature

Tone v Hitch: Ouch

Here are the videos, in full: Munk Debates: Tony Blair vs Christopher Hitchens And here is the transcript, in full (£): ‘Religion is a force for good.’ ‘Oh no it’s not!’ Tony Blair versus Christopher Hitchens And here is a recap (£), worryingly titled: Dying author gives Blair a taste of hell A neat (and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Not Irony

Irony: “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.” Not irony: National Post – Centre refuses to host Steyn lecture on free speech Ironically, Mr. Lawton said, Mr. Steyn’s talk will explore his familiar themes of Muslims and free speech. London […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Ah Hah, Mark Steyn’s Written a Book

I thought, when he disappeared last summer after his Kangaroo Kourt proceedings were at an end that he’d be back in the fall with a new book on the subject, but it’s this year that he’s come back with a new book on the subject: Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech And The Twilight Of The […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Outside World Is a Strange Place

Here’s an article that Target might be expanding into Canada. They have Costco and Walmart and Sears, but no Target. I just find it interesting how some stores go across the border and others don’t. And I heard on my free-for-six-months-satellite-radio-feed-of BBC Radio 1 that they’re allowing product placements on TV shows in the UK […]

Categories: Business & Media

On Jewish Cemeteries, Mainly

I’m catching up on my Macleans, and find Mr Optimist outside a Jewish cemetery in Tangiers, full of talk of sanctity from the Moroccan government and the groundskeeper’s laundry… Macleans – Mark Steyn: The lesson of a Jewish cemetery By 2005, there were fewer than 150 Jews in Tangiers, almost all of them very old. […]

Categories: History

Some Refuge

The Globe & Mail – The immigration debate we don’t want to have Aqsa’s murder raises some extremely troubling questions about integration, by Margaret Wente The Parvez family history is not uncommon. Aqsa’s father and her oldest brother arrived in Canada in 1999 as refugees from Pakistan. In those days, it was easy to buy […]

Categories: People and Current Events

What’s La Raza in Quebecois

A tale of two borders: The Corner – Mark Steyn: That Ain’t Hay, It’s The USA In effect, the sovereignty of the United States of America no longer applies in this territory – and John Morton and the Department of Homeland Security are entirely cool with that. That’s the southern border. The northern one, the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Steyn on GE2010

In the Corner: I’m a bit late weighing in on the British election because I’m not quite sure I can put into words sufficiently politely my contempt for David Cameron. And: Cameron was supposed to be Blair ’97. All the irritating metrosexual modishness, but without the electoral results. And: [C]ould he function as a minority […]

Categories: Politics