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Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 31 2010

When Bad Writing Is Good

Brian Switek pointed us at a site today that actually managed to make me laugh despite a certain monthly recurrent condition that makes me hate life, my uterus and everything.  That’s no small feat.  Anyone who reads or writes will appreciate How to Write Badly Well.  Only a great writer can write so badly so …

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Aug 31 2010

Bone-Chilling Thoughts

PalMD’s post on Facism and the New Right is a definite must-read.  Here’s a taste: Cult of tradition Americans certainly have a love of tradition, a uniting national identity.  We have our own liturgy in our founding documents.  But this is not cult-like.  Eco describes a traditionalism that is false, in a sense, in that …

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Aug 30 2010

Loving Bad Universe from Literally the Second It Starts

I’ve pseudo-liveblogged my reaction to the premiere episode of Bad Universe.   I didn’t watch it live, alas.  Meant to, but I fell asleep this evening (and dreamed I was running away from glaciers – don’t ask me why), then woke up too late for the main event.  Besides, the new downstairs neighbors sounded like …

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Aug 30 2010

Things That Made Me Go, “HOLY FUCKING SHIT!”

This: Literally knocked the breath from my body, that did, and then just when I’d got it back, lost it again because Lockwood’s advice on how to get to Mars (but not Venus!) was so funny.  Then some more wonder.  Then – well, go read the whole post.  You’ll see.

Aug 30 2010

Tomes 2010: A Mere Quartet

I’ve been reading a lot lately, I promise, but it’s just that I’ve been dipping into many books at once, sampling here and there, and so I haven’t got as many completely read as usual.  I’m on the verge of finishing a few more, so I figured I’d best get these out there before we …

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Aug 29 2010

ATTN UK CHIROPRACTORS: UR REMEDEZ R BOGUS! HA HA HA HA HA!!!

Excuse the shouting there, but it’s so nice to know that we here in the States can call a spade a spade without considering how much our bank account converts to in pounds sterling (although I guess it’s Euros now, innit?): American authors, journalists, and bloggers can breathe a sigh of relief: with broad bipartisan …

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Aug 29 2010

DBAD: The Return

Poor Phil.  His Don’t Be A Dick stuff’s still getting panned.  Our own George W. took it apart: I like Phil Plait a lot, but he’s recently been on a thing about “Not Being A Dick” and his recent video is supposed to be a clarification of that position.   This reminds me of the scene …

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Aug 28 2010

Things That Caught My Attention

I actually had time to catch up on a little reading today.  Even updated me blogroll to include some of the geology blogs I’ve gotten addicted to recently.  I’m a little distracted just now with terminal PMS and Rocko’s Modern Life, so now’s a good time to share some finds. Brian Romans at Clastic Detritus …

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Aug 28 2010

Dumbfuckery du Jour

And the horsemen of hypocrisy keep on ridin’.  Short story: NJ’s Education Commissioner, Bret Schundler, managed a cock-up of astounding proportions, thus losing New Jersey a shitload of education funding.  Gov. Chris Christie threw a screaming fit, claiming the Obama administration’s bureaucracy was to blame (it manifestly wasn’t).  We’ll stop right there for a sec.  …

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Aug 27 2010

Scientists to Dolphins: “Now, Blow!”

Betcha never knew there was a scientific career for you getting dolphins to blow their noses.  Brian Switek has the gooey details.

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