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 CCCII

Guardian – G8 leaders reveal their TripAdvisor guide to Lough Erne Now we know what statesmen really think, Northern Ireland tourism is set for a boost. By Victoria Coren The whole thing is hilarious, but a taster: “Problem with gym” I am afraid problem with gym. Full of American presidents. I am vaiting, vaiting. Eventually […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Death of Culture

With an unexpected Die Boomers Die twist at the end! Vanity Fair – You Say You Want a Devolution? For most of the last century, America’s cultural landscape—its fashion, art, music, design, entertainment—changed dramatically every 20 years or so. But these days, even as technological and scientific leaps have continued to revolutionize life, popular style […]

Categories: Business & Media

Dolphins! He Wasn’t Making a Rank-Related Joke!

Well, I thought, it’s been a while since we’ve had a good submarine video, I thought, and this one is pretty epic, I thought. Then, DOLPHINS! Like, totes the small gregarious toothed whale with the beaklike snout and curved fin and sociable nature and high intelligence and adorable habit of leaping around the waves like […]

Categories: War and Peace

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCI

The punchline is at the end: io9 – Life-Size ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter Built Out of 5 Million LEGO Bricks

Categories: Entertainment

Peter Recommends CXLIII

Who here remembers the waterspout above Batemans Bay last November, as sent in by the intrepid Brett McS? Now we have: The birth of the May 20, 2013 tornado at Newcastle, OK. It Moved from there to Moore where it turned into an F4. God be with its victims. It’s very loud. At the beginning […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

*Bursts Into Applause*

I’ve been reading this, via Janice Turner’s Twitter feed, on my phone, and I’ve gotten up to “there are criticisms flying about” and I had to get up and link to it on here because I just keep laughing out loud and doing subtle air punches (we’ve just had dinner, the child is in bed, […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Read Thy Comics

I’m catching up on Reader and, oh damn this is creepy (from April 9): xkcd what if? – Pressure Cooker Also, on April 14 (the day before the Boston Marathon), the Sunday Times had a piece on the charming leadership of Chechnya: Moscow crime ring run by Chechen police A GROUP of armed thugs accused […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Praise of the Cigarette Break

(I like this much better than the “the police didn’t even have the cordon in the right place!” line about how the authorities are useless and ra ra the little man, which, honestly, is a stupid thing to say and you’re not going to make friends saying it, guys.) Wheat & Weeds – Not To […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Everything In the World Happened While I Was In Maui: A Collection of Catching Up

First: This video of Margaret Thatcher being interviewed about her efforts to support British fashion in 1984 (I’ve never seen archival news footage from the 80s look this good). I’d embed but the uploader has disabled that so just click the link and the video will be bigger anyway. Margaret Thatcher’s fashion sense – TV-am […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Tinsel Town Tops Eight!

It’s that time o’ year, boys ‘n girls! When we get really excited about the best that Show Biz had to give us last year, and then don’t watch the ceremony cuz it’s a) too long b) there are only so many shampoo ads one can bear c) too long d) that schoolgirl confessional format […]

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXCII

Well, it’s CES week. This is probably the most amazing thing ever to have happened to the internet: The Verge – Qualcomm’s insane CES 2013 keynote in pictures and tweets A night of cringeworthy conversations, product demos, and music I put it to you, dear readers, that “THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING” (read: “THE INTERNET OF […]

Categories: Electronics

On Stupid Laws and Stupid Reactions To Them

Mark Steyn is very much worth a read today, on the people who obviously didn’t mean to break the so-numerous-as-to-be-unknowable laws they broke but were still punished, because they aren’t on NBC: NRO – Mark Steyn: Laws Are for Little People And not for David Gregory.

Categories: Business & Media

It’s Not All Bad News

I just put this on Twitter but I need it for the external memory drive. 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year There are many things to undo you entirely, but #15 is my favourite, 3 is adorable, 5 is great, 6 I’ve seen before but is still hilarious (the smilies), 18 […]

Categories: People and Current Events