Tinsel Town Tops Nine!

Tardy? Nah! It’s OSCARS WEEKEND!!! (cut to the masses downloading the conveniently three-hours-shorter version of the ceremony on Monday morning) So, here are the contendahs for the best that Show Biz had on offer for us plebes last year, followed by my predictions: Update (3.3)!! And with the actual winners… Best Picture: • American Hustle: Saw […]

Categories: Entertainment

Wolves

George Monbiot does nature documentary narrations? How Wolves Change Rivers The most important thing you can take away from that video is that deer are jerks (no but seriously didn’t someone once describe deer as being the pigeons of the wilderness or something?) no but seriously wolves are cool. Curtsy: Vanderleun

Categories: Science and Nature

It’s All Greek

I love this. It’s one of the funniest and best-written things I’ve read in a while. I spent the whole time reading it wanting to print it out so I could highlight all my favourite turns-of-phrases. But there’s also a lot going on in it: As soon as I started reading, suddenly all that stupid […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Young Man’s Fancy; Young Girl’s Blaring Klaxon of Change

This was linked to on Lilek’s work blog a week ago or so, I think, and it is amazing: Young Man’s Fancy – 1952 American Consumers & Family Values Documentary Sitcom-style film produced for the Edison Electric Institute. The film encouraged increased consumption of electricity through the ever increasing number of ‘must have’ household appliances. […]

Categories: Electronics

January 24, 1984

Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh, 30 years ago today. GOD I’m old. So this is something I just noticed about a week ago, and yeah apparently it took me thirty years to notice: Before a file is actually created, it says it’s from Jan 24, 1984. Apparently it’s always done that. The Apple website is […]

Categories: Electronics

American Minstrel

Better-reader-than-I Brett McS left this in the comments last week in response to my little rant about reality TV and all the crap therein: WorldNetDaily – ‘Duck Dynasty’: A decoy for dummies, by Ilana Mercer I just think this quote from one of her Facebook friends is exactly right: “The [Ducksters] were selected for the […]

Categories: Entertainment

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Duck Dynasty, a show I’ve never seen on a cable channel I have no access to, should never have been put on the air. Ditto Paula Deen, who if she was a male comedian would have made a living making redneck jokes, meaning both of them were put on the air for the purposes of […]

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCVI

I got this via RC2‘s Twitter feed, and it is… superb. Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven Best line. “You don’t need to baste it. Go for a walk.” <break; turns the camera back on for an afterthought> “I said go for a walk. You need to make sure your oven is on.” […]

Categories: Food

Jackie’s Strength

I wasn’t planning on posting anything to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination (but lord if you’ve seen the Zapruder Film Stabilized…) because I wasn’t alive during the 60s and I don’t think it often contributes much to over-romantisize that particular decade, even at it’s most tragic. What would I say, as I have […]

Categories: History

Pity My Poor Unhappy Swimming Pool

Yeah! Finally! wait but why – Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy (I like this post’s style. It’s sort of Hyperbole and a Half meets Quora.) So yes, now that you’ve gone away and read the whole thing, I agree with all of it, and read the whole thing, except: • I think it’s overstating […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCIV

I love this: Craigslist – – $800 Bedroom Available (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) (Here’s another link in case that one disappears) If anyone is interested, I’m renting out my bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn immediately. I apologize for the short notice. The apartment features a kitchenette, a large (by New York standards, ha ha) bathroom, and a roommate […]

Categories: War and Peace

Peter Recommends CXLVI

Cracked (god, the ADS; avert your eyes from them) – The 6 Weirdest Things We’ve Learned Since 9/11, by David Wong I like this. I especially like #6 “Terrorism Totally Works!” (it goes in reverse order, so #6 is first), for pointing out the amount of money we spent and how utterly inefficient it is […]

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

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

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 […]

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