Anybody who’s watched Blackadder Goes Forth (‘Private Plane’) knows that German operas last three days and that they have no word for ‘fluffy’. The thing is, it’s not quite true. I must admit that an ordinary sentence such as ‘It’s a lovely day, don’t you think?’ does sound more like a barked order than anything… More What is the German word for ‘fluffy’?
I spotted some click-bait the other day promising ‘mind bogling’ content. I think they meant ‘boggling’, and I have to say that if they ARE going to troll for views, they could at least proof their own typing. But then I decided it might be intentional, which got me wondering about what ‘bogling’ might possibly… More It’s just mind ‘bogling’, really.
My home town of Napier, New Zealand, has a new beach-front feature. A drain. Over which the city council has built what looks like a pier for quiet promenading. Except it doesn’t reach the sea. As I understand it, the decision was one of those opportunity things – you know, ‘we’ve got a new drain pipe,… More A challenge – why was this pier cut short?
It’s Christmas again, and that means another zombie shopping frenzy at the local mall. It’s the same every year (just like my posts whinging about them). As far as I am concerned even at the best of times malls are vampires that suck money and will-to-live. Shopping in the mall for me consists of hurtling into… More And here we go with another zombie Christmas shopping frenzy
I’ve long lost count of the number of books I have in my personal library. I think it’s about 2000, but I’m not sure. That’s because large chunks of the collection are sitting in tubs in the shed, waiting for shelf space. And the rest of it is rammed, in virtually any order, into available… More My bookshelves are a mess and I can’t be bothered fixing them…
The other day I found a tweet by Stephen Fry linking to a Texan college video in which students working to become lawyers, psychologists, and so on, didn’t know who’d won the US Civil War. Or who their Vice President was. Fry wondered if it was evidence of Spengler’s The Decline and Fall of the West. I’m not… More Heralding the decline and fall of the west, apparently
I posted last week about the silliness of trying to colonise Mars on a one-way basis, unless you’re sending Justin Bieber. Sure, most colonists here on Earth made the trip one-way. But Earth’s way more hospitable. Even Roanoke. You can breathe the air, for a start. Mars – that’s another planet. It has red skies and blue sunsets, temperatures… More Why I think Mars One is a really stupid notion