In Soviet Russia, Property Owns YOU

Mother Jones has reprinted an interview with George Carlin they did in 1997. On account of his death and all (hey, why shouldn’t a good socialist profit from such a thing?). Here’s the part that interests me: Q: What went wrong? A: The two big mistakes were the belief in a sky god — that…

Europe Decisively Ends Racism in 30 Seconds

You can’t, I suppose, have a giant sporting event without a requisite amount of nonsense. The link goes to an article entitled “Anti-Racist Film a Big Success.” Apparently, an organization called FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) has gotten permission to play a short anti-racist PSA before and after each Euro2008 event. It’s called “Different…

Leave Well Alone, Please

Harvesting links for an earlier post, I came across this announcement that Blakes 7 will be revived. Color me skeptical. I’ve been a big supporter of the “re-imagining” of Battlestar Galactica. Granted, I had my doubts about SciFi’s ability to pull it off – what with it being the casting catastrophe network and all. And…

Full, um, Circle

Check it out – rotary iPhone! Silly? Sure. But hey, who knows where this kind of nostalgia comes from? I have only vague memories of us having a rotary phone in the late 70s, but that doesn’t stop me “missing” them.

Star One

For the past year I’ve been slowly going through the criminally underappreciated BBC cult space opera Blakes 7 on YouTube, and it’s been thrilling. Granted, it takes an iron stomach for bad special effects to appreciate this one – even by BBC standards – but as fan of the Beeb from a young age, I’m…

Virtual Legos

Now, instead of cluttering up the room with the real thing, you can play with virtual legos. The link goes to an application – apparently from Lego itself – that allows you to build virtual things with virtual legos in a virtual environment. Call it “Lego: The Video Game.” My first response was “cool!” –…

Holland Plays Itself

So today Guus Hiddink, who is Dutch, is leading the Russian Team against – who else? – the Dutch in Euro 2008. Here‘s some related fantasizing about rewriting the rules so that national coaches have to be citizens of the countries they coach. For my part, I’ll say it does seem sort of contradictory to…

Men Die First

In a Sociolinguistics class this semester, our professor – a gender equality advocate (well, have YOU ever met a Sociolinguist who wasn’t?) – asked the class for examples of systematic discrimination against men. The answer she was looking for, as it turns out, was that men are hugely less likely to get equal custody (or…

An Offensive Oversight

John Scalzi seems to have a bee in his bonnet about people who oppose gay marriage. No real objections there – but I did find this a bit offensive. Writing about the proposed amendment to California’s State Constitution annulling gay marriages: What this means is that if the initiative passes, then likely thousands of legal,…

Theophobia?

This is just great. Now, in addition to “homophobia,” we have as a proposal that there be “theophobia” too. I suppose the author thinks himself clever for “reclaiming” a technique of the PC crowd. But if “homophobia” is drivel, then so too, obviously, is “theophobia.” The word “homophobia” is language manipulation, no two ways about…