Even a Stopped Watch

Well, they say a stopped watch is right twice a day. So I feel lucky to have been wasting time when one of these Yahoo! entertainment blog posts got it right. It’s a thing on which shows to watch and which to avoid, and it’s nothing like comprehensive, but Buffy makes the “must watch” list…

Ted Kennedy Passes On

Ted Kennedy is dead. YAY! Sorry, but I’ve had about an earful of how noble and self-sacrificing this decadent ivy league fratboy supposedly was, and there’s only so much one can take. Ted Kennedy was a more articulate George W. Bush – a rich kid who would’ve been a Wal Mart manager without the family…

On Slander

Mr. Tweedy asks for opinions on where to draw the line on libel law. The link goes to an entry on his blog about a recent case where a minor league model is suing an anonymous blogger – apparently as a publicity stunt – for having posted some unfounded insults directed at her. The full…

Sunshine Go Away Today

Don’t look now, but Kim Dae Jung has died at 85. It doesn’t seem to be getting much coverage over here, but in other parts of the world – read: East Asia – he’s a household name. Kim was one of the “three Kims” of the troubled 1970s in South Korea – one of the…

Revenge of the Nerds

Recently I’ve been watching House – a show I passed on as it was airing, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a straightahead medical drama – a genre I hate – that contains no elements of scifi or fantasy – the genres I love. It’s brazenly formulaic. The same shit happens every week with…

10 down 5 to go!

I never had a freshman 15, at least, not as a freshman. I DID gain a lot of weight in my last two years of college, but not enough to worry about. In high school I was a steady 145; by the time I graduated university I was a steady 154. It wasn’t worth exercising…

Fudge Factors

From a conversation from the other day, I ran across a pretty cool analogy for inflation. Say you’re trying to lose weight. And say you drink a lot of beer. Now, my personal philosophy on weightloss is you exercise like mad and don’t worry too much about calories, but a lot of people do it…

The Older Twin

So today is, by some measures, Hip-Hop’s birthday. Of course, there are other candidates too, and I’m nothing like an expert on this, so I won’t try to argue it one way or another. I’ll just note that the 11 August 1973 date comes from a party that Kool Herc and his sister threw outdoors.…

See, the thing is, it really IS just window dressing…

What I am annoyed about today: All the naive people who think that Bill Clinton personally saved those two freed journalists in North Korea by showing up to have his picture taken. Honestly, people – here’s the way this works. The State Department has a list of things it wants, and its slightly-more-evil twin in…