Scientists hunt for big fish.

Truly, It Was a Whopper, but Are There Bigger Fish? By SETH MYDANS HAT KHRAI, Thailand – The monster fish announced itself with four huge whacks of its tail, thrashing against the net that had trapped it in the pale brown water of the Mekong River. It was a rare giant catfish the size of… Continue reading Scientists hunt for big fish.

Sorry!

Sorry that it’s been nearly a week. Plenty of news, little time to blog. I was crazy with meetings and beginning of semester stuff at work… and I dropped my scooter last week. It’s basically find, I’m fine, but that’s the sort of week it was.

One of the greatest hours in radio history (and political satire)

One of the greatest hours in radio history The Jounal of MultiMedia History has put on its website one of the best and most important dramas ever presented on radio, the 1954 Canadian play “The Investigator” by comedy writer Reuben Ship. It’s a laugh-out-loud parody of Joseph McCarthy and his hearings, where Joe goes to… Continue reading One of the greatest hours in radio history (and political satire)

“Harken, O ye wolf in sheep’s clothing, for you will be cast onto a steaming dung-heap!”

Go check out the Biblical Curse Generator, which bills itself as follows: Lost for a smart remark to see off your enemies? Unable to deliver that killer insult? Put an end to “I was speechless!” misery with the amazing Biblical Curse Generator, which is pre-loaded with blistering put-downs as delivered by Elijah, Jeremiah and other… Continue reading “Harken, O ye wolf in sheep’s clothing, for you will be cast onto a steaming dung-heap!”

Why isn’t real election reform a priority for either party?

From AMERICAblog: Bush Stole 2000 Election, 2004 Election and They’ll Do It Again Paul Krugman talks about the obvious: that Bush lost Florida and lost the 2000 election, the Republicans suppressed the Democratic vote in Ohio in 2004 and given the chance they’ll steal it again in 2006 and 2008. What’s truly shocking is that… Continue reading Why isn’t real election reform a priority for either party?

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“No, Seriously. Save the Bananas.”

No, Seriously. Save the Bananas. By PAUL B. BROWN Published: August 13, 2005 A two-pronged frantic race is under way to save the banana. It’s no joke, as Popular Science reports in a fascinating account this month. The Cavendish, the version of the banana that rests on top of American breakfast cereals, is “on a… Continue reading “No, Seriously. Save the Bananas.”

Pattaya, “The People’s Paradise” in Time

Not a perfect article, but evocative of Pattaya and rather amusing… the author, as usual, overplays the seedy side. It’s a lot of fun for other reasons, and incredibly inexpensive by US standards. Brief clip after the break, or better still check out the full article at their site. From Time Magazine: The People’s Paradise… Continue reading Pattaya, “The People’s Paradise” in Time

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Man’s testicles snared in a padlock for two weeks

Via the Portsmouth Herald: BRENTWOOD – The “family jewels” of one Brentwood man recently were locked up for two weeks – literally. On Saturday, July 30, at about 3:40 a.m., Brentwood police assisted ambulance and rescue personnel with a 39-year-old man with a padlock on his testicles. via DBA

Young men suffering from ‘early life crisis’

From the Times Online in the UK: Young men suffering from ‘early life crisis’ ONE in seven of Britain’s young men is anxiety ridden, according to a new report. Instead of enjoying their carefree twenties and thirties, men are racked with worry about employment issues, time pressures and financing their lifestyles. While one in ten… Continue reading Young men suffering from ‘early life crisis’

Fanfic I’d like to see

OK, there are a few fanfic stories I’d really like to read. Perhaps I’ll get to writing one someday; more likely not. Two alternate versions of Harry Turtledove’s Lizards/Worldwar books: 1) “Fleetlord Atvar and the Cuban Missile Crisis” 2) Lizards arrive in 2021, as described/implied in John Birmingham’s Axis of Time Trilogy Harry Potter: 1)… Continue reading Fanfic I’d like to see