2006: “That’s a Wrap”

As the brave year of 2006 closes with Saddam’s execution, Michael Boldin points out that almost 3,000 US troops (and an enormous number of Iraqi citizens) are dead for no good reason in Saddam was…

BPT: Bowing Out Gracefully

It’s the last Blogger Poker Tour round, hosted by the Poker Pub Poker Blog. Within 10 minutes of the game’s beginning, I’d lost half my stack to a fella who had a lower pair than…

Of Jim, Jay and Tammy Faye

A quick check of my logs indicates that a large percentage of visitors have popped by due to a post here entitled YAS (Yet Another Scandal). The post in question briefly mentioned Tammy Faye Messner. …

Not a Dalek in Sight

Remember William Shatner’s classic remake of Rocket Man? Well, Tom Baker — arguably the best Doctor Who ever* — has been mixed with the Kinks’ You Really Got Me to interesting effect. The purpose behind…

Runs at the Border

Travellers returning from China always mention the unique cuisine — wholly different from what North Americans call ‘Chinese food.’ In Zhejiang province, a gentleman managed to manufacture lard (ordinarily animal fat) out of “swill, sewage…

Blogger Poker Tour Event, the Sixth

I’ve resigned myself to instant death in the Blogger Poker Tour . . . it’s inevitable. What would you do if you flopped a king high straight all three cards in the flop had dissimilar…

Peace Out

In the early ’70s, I wore a peace shirt. That is, it had a peace sign on it. For some reason, this caused little consternation . . . and I lived in an army town….

Mocking Darwin: Beer Goggle Effect Explained

Science has outdone itself yet again, providing an explanation (and a mathematical formula, yet) for the famed ‘beer-goggle effect’ — an observable, quantifiable and too-often-replicated happenstance wherein ugly people pass along their genes by sneakily…

Intelligence Test #104.53-6

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Meanwhile . . .

The new iPod Shuffle is in stores, and is ridiculously cute (albeit it has no discernable cuddly factor). 1 gigabyte, US$79. Also from Apple, the PRODUCT (RED) iPod Nano (Apple donates $10 of the purchase…