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Culture

What was I searching for?

Here’s a Google search I just entered… “british tele­vi­sion series fly­ing world war I” What was I look­ing for? Try to guess before click­ing here.

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Culture

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I have final­ly fin­ished read­ing Har­ry Pot­ter and the Half-Blood Prince. And I would like to ask you, who have also fin­ished this book, how inspired was the cast­ing of Alan Rick­man? Spoil­ers ahead. Real­ly. Stop read­ing if you have not fin­ished the book. I’m seri­ous. Stop now. Okay… Lots has already been said about […]

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Culture

The colour of heartache”

One of the more beau­ti­ful descrip­tions in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Nor­rell is that of a par­tic­u­lar box, described as being “the colour of heartache.” I have, just this minute, fin­ished the book (well ahead of sched­ule I might add, what will I do the next three nights?) and as I am prone to do, […]

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Other Politics

Skyangel (cue Godlight!)

We got a bit of junk mail the oth­er day, you remem­ber junk mail? The kind you get in your actu­al, phys­i­cal, RL mail­box? It was from Skyan­gel, a “a com­plete sys­tem of fam­i­­ly-friend­­ly tele­vi­sion & radio chan­nels.” It seems to be a satel­lite sys­tem to which you can sub­scribe for just $150 a year. […]

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Politics

It’s not a war, you morons!

Get this through your stu­pid skulls, you right-wing morons. The “War on Ter­ror” is not a war, and it can’t be won. Do you actu­al­ly believe we can kill every sin­gle one of the ter­ror­ists? Do you think if we just kill enough of them and they will come out one day wav­ing white flags […]

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Me and my life Technology

Buzzer the Washing Machine

Buzzers on clothes dry­ers are ubiq­ui­tous, but nobody seems to be putting buzzers on the wash­ing machines. I under­stand that the dry­er buzzes because of all those cloth­ing care labels that say, “Tum­ble Dry Low. Remove Prompt­ly” But frankly, we use it to remind us that we have to switch loads around. But there are […]

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Politics

Buying Blue

Back dur­ing the ill-fat­ed elec­tion, I remem­ber com­ing across a web site that pur­port­ed to show the “blue­ness” of com­pa­nies, relat­ing their polit­i­cal dona­tions ot their shade of blue or red. Last week, I thought to look for it again, and whether it is the same site or not, I found BuyBlue.org. I’ve read up […]

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Me and my life

Just the fish

I approach the deli counter at our local gro­cery store (which is, admit­ted­ly, in Nebras­ka), after hav­ing hunt­ed in vain through their dis­play cas­es. Me: “Excuse me, do you have any lox?” Guy: “Uh.” Me: “You know, lox, like for bagels.” Guy: “Do you mean, um, like pad­locks?” Me: “Whu?” Guy: “Um.” Me: “No, like […]

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Politics

Oh, Sandra

Anoth­er rea­son I hate pro­gram­ming: I was so wrapped up in it yes­ter­day that it was­n’t until Ken mes­saged me that I became aware of San­dra Day O’Con­nor’s deci­sion to throw away years of mod­er­a­tion in the Supreme Court. Her rea­sons for resign­ing have not yet become clear, but it had bet­ter be some­thing life […]