Somebody posting as “Phoebus” is very concerned that a snarkfest on Shakesville (regarding the comingsoontoacinemanearyou Dudebrocalypse that is a Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen/Adam Sandler “comedy” (see the trailer)) is a display of “vitriol” and “personal animus”, two terms which are so beloved of concerned commentors everywhere that one must suspect the existence of a Concern Manual with sample texts. I wish… Read more →
Today’s Asian Short Clawed otters are via the UK’s Telegraph. The triplets were born at Chessington Zoo to parents Guinevere and Lancelot. Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news… Read more →
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch expects News Corporation-owned newspaper Web sites to start charging users for access within a year in a move which analysts say could radically shake-up the culture of freely available content.
Speaking on a conference call as News Corporation announced a 47 percent slide in quarterly profits to $755 million, Murdoch said the current free access business model favored by most content providers was flawed.
Now, I’m no expert on either Tai Chi or Christianity but that’s never stopped me having an opinion before.;) So when I read this story about a group of mainly senior citizens being thrown out of a church hall for practicing Tai Chi it made me think. The Pastor of the Church was quite happy to let them use the church… Read more →
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So. LJ ads. Spurred on by snugglebitch’s spotting of this anti-gay marriage ad on livejournal (via trouble), 1. I logged out of LJ, opened up Safari (no AdBlock), and poked around. I have a play with surfing, then interest searches. Surfing got me a whole pile of weight loss ads and a “Find your Vietnamese Beauty!” dating ad. I got… Read more →
Exactly what it says on the tin: have at it in comments, with spoilers and rumours you may have heard regarding the upcoming Doctor Who specials, and Torchwood S3, which is due to air in mid-June. And because I don’t want to neglect those of you who DON’T want to immerse yourself in spoilery goodness (or if you want some… Read more →
I just received this from my son’s all-boy high school. I realise that it’s almost certainly a Department of Education advisory that they’re just passing on, but why are the only visible faces in this advisory those of girls?
Hey, this looked bigger in the catalogue! Actual caption: Tobias Meyer of Sotheby’s talks about Baroque Egg with Bow by Jeff Koons at the auction house in New York Picture: AFP/GETTY From the Daily Telegraph’s The week in pictures: 1 May 2009 Share this post? Related posts: Flickr Group of the Day: Kitty Clones Otterday! And Open Thread Sunset by… Read more →
Via glandujakiss and sqbr. You don’t even have to know anything about slash to get a few giggles and more than a few eyerolls out of this interview with evolutionary psychologist Don Symons, author of Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution and Female Sexuality [eta: see comments 1 & 2]. Like all good evolutionary psychologists who focus on gender, Don hasn’t… Read more →
Because our public health measures that are in place to contain infectious outbreaks before they go pandemic appear to be working well in the case of swine flu (just as they did in the last media panic about bird flu a few years ago), some people are going to believe that these public health measures are less necessary the next… Read more →
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Family Court has granted permission for a 17-year old ftm trans boy to have his breasts removed. Well, sort of: THE Family Court has allowed a 17-year-old girl to have her breasts removed so she can be more like a boy. The teenager, code-named “Alex”, was on court-ordered hormone medication from the age… Read more →
I’m reading “Enforcing Normalcy”, by Lennard J Davis. The second chapter, “Constructing Normalcy”, talks about the development of the concept of “normal” in European/American culture, mostly from the seventeenth century onwards. On page 37-38, he talks about early twentieth century eugenics movements, particularly their emphasis on breeding out “feeblemindedness”, “pauperism”, and “insanity”: “In Kansas, the 1920 state fair held a… Read more →
An oldie but a goodie:
We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.