Monday, May 28, 2007

world paper cut

A while ago I was reading about the magnificent Reader's Digest World Atlas at AceJet 170.
And the comments were intriguing:
As a small boy in the mid 1970s I got a really deep paper cut on my thumb from my parents' copy of that atlas.

It was page 31.

Posted by: David Atkinson | 01 May 2007 at 11:13 AM

Funnily enough there's a blood stain on page 31 of this copy!

Posted by: Richard | 01 May 2007 at 11:16 AM

I've just called my parents: they've still got their copy.

It would seem I'm not the only victim of this treacherous tome. It lures you in with its seductive information graphics on 'Whale And Eel Migrations' and the like, then bam! Dario Argento all over the Dralon.

Bleeders Digest, more like.

Posted by: David Atkinson | 01 May 2007 at 11:59 AM

Yesterday I finally checked my copy to see what was happening on the dreaded Page 31:

The Great Australian Bight?

(This seems to be an Australian edition. Page 31 may not be so inherently vicious elsewhere)

women in art

Women In Art

via bifurcated rivets

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007


John Cage performing Water Walk on I've Got A Secret, 1960.
WFMU's Beware of The Blog via Ramage

Water walk
I've Got a Secret

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

dinner vs. tea

I like on the different names and times of meals in the UK:
Dinner at Noon
Meal Times explained

An Australian perspective:
Many an Australian youngster in earlier times would have said tea, not dinner, and we know from the literature that for much of early modern history dinner meant the main meal, originally eaten in the middle of the day. Why did the time change, and whatever happened to lunch? What times's dinner, Ma
I've been chided lately for saying "tea" instead of DINNER by someone snootier than me.
(Actually I think we said both in our family. Lucky I'm only aspirational to be anti-aspirational anyway.)
I had to make sure I didn’t say dinner instead of tea for the evening meal, and things like that, or my parents would say, ‘Dinner? Where did you pick that up from?’ Aspirationalism: The Search for Respect in an Unequal Society
Admittedly, it was quicker to find something on this by googling class + dinner tea

Thursday, May 03, 2007

he vs. she

Surprising. I guess all the doll dirt squarely outstrips the trousers.

He/She ratio via the presurfer

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

square trouser

These cricket player positions posted by Dick Jones might be one way of improving the World Cup.

(4,258.3 overs later ...)

ho nome

boynton looks pretty good in Italian

Well - Ho raramente un y'know nome beats I rarely have a name y'know.

I noticed this referral in my stats around the same time as I happened to watch
Our Little Girl again, with my sister who was always a fan of the movie and Boynton (the character)
It may come as no surprise to readers to discover miss boynton has misquoted Boynton.
In the film, Boynton actually says: I've really got a name you know.

Perhaps I should change it, but then I'd be tempted to change it to the Italian. Y'know.

football qotd

"So maybe not playing for 12 weeks would be a reasonable point of consequential punishment, if that's the word." -Lethal

(It was all in The...pauses)