Deathly Hallows

Well, I’ve just (finally!) finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I enjoyed it. I think I still prefer Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, though, as this latest one dragged a lot, seemed pointless in places, and had a plot that, frankly, felt stitched together at times. You were transported from scene to scene…

Empty Versus Null

So I’ve been having a lot of fun this summer teaching Introduction to Linguistic Analysis. I admit I wish attendance was higher – but it’s the summer session, so what can you do? Those students who do come are by and large bright and inquisitive – they ask the right kinds of questions – and…

Nothing to See Here, Move Along

Reading about Venezuela under Chavez, you get the impression that the situation gets more predictable every day. His latest assurance to the public, for example, is that private property will be respected. Uh-huh. Kinda reminds me of Chomsky’s favorite line – about how the renaming of the “Department of War” in 1947 to the “Department…

Wasn’t What it Could’ve Been

Mr. Tweedy has avery interesting entry on the latest Harry Potter movie. Mostly, he complains about it: So Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix turned out to be a horrible disappointment of a movie. Despite the fact that the jump, cramped plot was incomprehensible without reading the books, it deviated from the real…

Happy Independence Day

And so another Independence Day rolls around. Happy birthday USA! I wonder whether Democracy Now! will be “celebrating” again this year by having famous actors and actresses read journal entries from radical leftists who hated America. ‘Cause last year their show was all about all the things the US has done wrong (or “wrong” in…

I Never Saw a Purple Flag…

Reading up on the Australian flag (for no reason) today, I came across an interesting (if pointless) little fact: apparently no national flag currently uses purple (source), which is kind of surprising considering how popular it is in heraldry (on which vexillology is supposedly based). Not surprisingly, I guess, some of the proposals for a…

Who Am I? I Know, I’ll Ask my Friendz at BigGuv!

Alright, well, this is news to me, but probably shouldn’t be suprising, really: Spain is at the forefront of equality legislation and has since March allowed transsexuals to legally change their gender without having a sex change operation. What a load of rot! Legally change your gender without having a sex change operation??? Whatever will…