Wallander – Three More Reviews

The second BBC Wallander series follows the same pattern as the first (reviews of first series here): there are, in order, the political episode, the cliched thriller episode, and the human interest episode. In order, then: (1) Faceless Killers – *** – Eh. Since last summer, when I watched the first series of this show…

Could we maybe Build Camps?

Another must-read post by Joshua Stanton on the Korean situation. The gist: it’s time to start engaging in some offensive counterattacks on North Korea (because their new willingness to attack civilian targets in the South openly means we’re running out of time with them), BUT it’s important to keep in mind just what conventional counterattacks…

Bowing before the Conspiracy

If nothing else good comes out of North’s Korea’s (apparently repeated)shelling of Yeongpyeong, can we at least finally put this kind of nonsense) to rest? But none of [President Lee’s] mistakes rivals his attempts to conduct religious cleansings in his country. Huh? OK, granted that President Lee is a bit of a goofy religious nut.…

Chain of Causes

History is in the air. It all started with a discussion yesterday about how relevant it really is. We were in the (Computational Linguistics) Lab talking about who we took Historical Linguistics from, and one person mentions that she doesn’t like History anyway. I half agree. I LOVE history, but mostly only if it happened…

There is no Bumper Sticker

I’m begining to see the point of bumper stickers. On the way home today I got behind one of those cars that’s plastered in bumper stickers. With nothing better to do at the next red light, I read some of them. One of them said “Militant Agnostic! I don’t know and neither do you.” And…

How to win at Speed Chess?

Noah’s deeply lame blog is so lame that you have to LOG. IN. to post a comment. And I apparently didn’t write down the right password to my WordPress account, so I’ll post my comment on this entry here, then, thank you very much. And YOU’RE WELCOME for the free link-SEO. Bastard. Anyway – it’s…

Reading Books is a MUST

An interesting column by Sonya Chung makes me conscious of something I’ve always known but never thought much about: there is a morality to (fiction) reading. Reading is often work, and finishing a book can sometimes be a duty. And that feels like irony for an activity we think of primarily as entertainment. I think…

Grading without a Curve

This is bound to twist up the knickers of national greatness conservatives. West Potomac High School is dropping the F grade. And replacing it with “I” – as in “incomplete.” I’m half for it. My ideal education system operates something like this, actually. There would be only one grade – “Pass” – and it would…

State of Emergency

So my rash purchase – Dominic Sandbrook’s State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 – showed up almost three weeks earlier than forecast. I didn’t get a chance to really dip into it until yesterday, but then I had a chunk of 5 hours for reading, so I’m making a dent. Here are…

Ebooks are good, mkay?

So Russ Roberts is once again touting the advantages of having a Jewish iPad. And of course I completely agree with him. Dear everyone who likes physical books: shut. the. FUCK. UP. (already) You are standing between me and my future. And you don’t have any good arguments to show for yourselves. Here’s a brief…