Watching the Titanic Sink (In Fast Forward)

Titanic 100: New CGI of How Titanic Sank James Cameron and his team pull together a new CGI of how they believe the TItanic sank and reached the ocean floor. Fascinating, but: I’m not sure about the peppy music. (File under #historychannel) Btw, I saw this on Twitter this morning, from one of The Times’(of […]

Categories: History

Andrew Breitbart Died Today

He was 43 years old and I’d probably only known he existed for 5 or 6 of them. He wasn’t the sort of person I fanatically kept up on, just cuz I didn’t think I’d need to horde his works since he was young and I wasn’t aware there was such a need for urgency. […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Who Says Prayer Is Dead

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Categories: Entertainment

Hollywood Medicine

Today an 18 year old whose mother just died after an extended period of drug use was taken to hospital to be treated for “stress”. I don’t think they took her there to give her lots of hugs and a kind talking to. Am I the only one who thinks there might be some cause […]

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXX

I dunno how many of you have been watching The Killing (Danish version), or have been paying attention to Girl With a Dragon Tattoo (I haven’t seen either version and I’m not really sure I want to after learning the level of detail about it that I’ve learned so far), but if you have, you’ll […]

Categories: Entertainment

The Kim Jong Il Obituary In the Telegraph

Telegraph – Kim Jong-il Kim Jong-il, the North Korean dictator, who died on Saturday aged 69, presided over the systematic impoverishment and starvation of millions of his people, while enjoying the life of a spoiled playboy – fast cars, fast women, cellars of vintage French wines, and a passion for Rambo and Daffy Duck videos. […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Books, Booze, and a Photographic Memory

A tempting quotation from Hitchens, on how we might perhaps improve our writing skills: Many great writers did some of their finest work when blotto, smashed, polluted, shitfaced, squiffy, whiffled and three sheets to the wind.’ Unfortunately, a better idea would be to read more novels, biographies, poetry, criticism, and history, then have a photographic […]

Categories: Food


The New Yorker – POSTSCRIPT: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, 1949-2011 by Christopher Buckley Amazing. (Is it perhaps a little unimaginative of me to point out that he finally died on the day they were ending the Iraq War?)

Categories: Uncategorized

Svetlana’s School Chums

Uh, jeez: Telegraph – Obituary: Lana Peters Lana Peters, who has died aged 85, was better known as Svetlana Stalin. She spent a lifetime trying to escape the notoriety of being daughter to the man who vies with Adolf Hitler for the title of most vicious tyrant of the 20th century; ultimately, and perhaps inevitably, […]

Categories: History


Ave, atque, and indeed, vale: Aerial footage of Steve Jobs Celebration (Video) (Bonus: City of Cupertino Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs)

Categories: Business & Media

How to Tell You’ve Got a Serious Effing Problem

Movie/TV scene: Distraught, vulnerable man appears on a window ledge on the top floor of a high building. A crowd gathers below, murmuring quietly to each other as the heroes discuss loudly what to do to save the day. Whenever the man above makes a sudden movement, the crowd shrieks and shouts encouragement at him… […]

Categories: People and Current Events


I’ve read a lot of articles about Steve Jobs in the past couple of days (and I have reams more of them waiting to be read later) but I think this one is the most worthwhile of all of them, so far, especially in this age of having to be nice above all else all […]

Categories: Business & Media

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

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