Are we gonna have to go through this every year?

Goddamnit. People magazine, which has been getting it wrong for 17 – make that 18 – consecutive years now, considers Kate Hudson attractive. Last year it was Drew Barrymore, which is already bad enough. But at least Drew Barrymore is cute. Kate Hudson? No, no, no, wrong, and no. It is well-known, but not widely…

Feeling Sorry for Obama

Out of character though this may sound, I actually feel a bit sorry for Barack Obama in the wake of yesterday’s press conference disowning Jeremiah Wright. Don’t get me wrong. Obama’s full-scale, and belated, disassociation with Wright means that an unmistakeable hit has been scored. I have no desire to see this substance-free, condescending, feel-good…

KINDLY Give me my Cigarettes Now

CARPE DIEM has two interesting posts on Russia. The first has to do with smoking and obesity. Basically, the author sits around in Moscow looking in vain for a fat man. And also for a non-smoker. And then he wonders whether smoking has something to do with Russian thinness. Indeed. It’s funny how obvious things…

More Pronoun Rankings

In response to my response to his post on pronouns, Mr. Tweedy has more to say on the subject. Specifically, he acknowledges, based on my evidence, that the underlying problem of pronoun ordering in conjunctive phrases is complex – though of course the point of his original post was just some random observations about certain…

A Use for Facebook

So it turns out Facebook is useful for something. A friend sends in an email link to the “Lexicon” function, which tracks word frequencies over time. I tried it for “center” vs. “centre” and got an interesting sort of result. The two words show a frequency curve that pretty much exactly matches, with “center” being…

Eine kleine Nachtsyntax

Mr. Tweedy has an interesting entry today on language use. Well, 1/3 of it is interesting, anyway – the part about the use of ‘I’ vs. ‘me’ in formal and informal English. I seize on this because it happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves about the way some people speak English (no…

Oh, NOW it’s bad…

Under today’s “Are you fucking kidding me?” category: Stephane Dion is hot under the collar because the Tories were caught overspending their elections limit by $1million – aprox. 5.5%. Don’t get me wrong – it all seems very shady. The way I understand it, party headquarters tranfered funds to the coffers of 67 or so…

Who’s Joe Queenan?

I was generally unaware of who Joe Queenan was before I read Samizdata today. What an oversight! The link goes to an interview with a guy full of great one-liners spitting vitriol about things I, too, love to hate. In fact, my bone to pick with the Samizdata piece is that they zeroed in on…

Whoop Dee Doo isn’t a Platform

Sometimes people you hate say things you like. The link goes to an article about the campaign in Pennsylvania, where Hillary Clinton was taking a swipe at Barack Obama by promising “I don’t want to just show up and give one of those whoop-dee-do speeches and get everybody whipped up,” she said. “I want everyone…

Chivalry’s Dead Beacuse YOU Killed It

I firmly believe that the main reason why feminism isn’t taken seriously is that it’s so often oblivious to its own double standards. If there’s one complaint that men have made loudly, clearly, and consistently about feminists since the 70s, it’s that they are singularly incapable of playing fair about “liberation.” For example – although…