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Saturday, March 25, 2006

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Scientific addition to the blogroll

I have added "Calodema" to my blogroll. This is the website of prolific Australian field biologist, Trevor Hawkeswood.

Julian

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Friday, March 17, 2006

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"The Episcopalian Church of the USA"

I have long suspected that the above church did not really exist, but was merely a vehicle for satire. No group of human beings could possibly be so consistently absurd. Surely, I said to myself, there is no such church; this hybrid of English whimsy and American weirdness, with its plans for Lesbian bishops, is too hard to credit. It is all like something out of Evelyn Waugh or PG Wodehouse. It can't be real. And yet this earnest chap writes about it constantly. But now I know it is all a fantasy. Because nobody in the real world could really be named Ms Woodriff Sprinkel.

You can't fool me any more.

Julian

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England becoming a police state

More evidence.

I pray the elderly couple win a big, fat apology from Blair's pipsqueak thought police.

Julian

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

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Barefoot and Pregnant

Over at the blog, Barefoot and Pregnant, Valerie in Cincinnati, Ohio, has changed the look of her blog, which is now a fetching pink and includes a picture to illustrate the blog title.

Julian

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Happy Birthday ...

Susie.

(a woman with very sound views)


Julian

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Friday, March 10, 2006

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Cranes at work in China

Here.

I made a little money buying and selling shares in this company recently - Boom Logistics - an Australian crane company. I used to be able to look at a crane and feel a proprietary interest in it, or at least the crane industry.

Julian

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Excellent JG Ballard site

Here is an excellent site on the novelist and short story writer, with lots of fascinating cover art.

I have always thought that some of the paintings of Australian artist Jeffrey Smart would be perfect for covers of Ballard's books.

Julian

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

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The only difficulty with...

... this theory ...

which I found while looking for the Caltech Cheer Squad ... is that colour vision in early man could hardly have been used to " discriminate slight changes in skin tone due to blushing and blanching " because early humans, being Africans, presumably had black skin.

On the other hand, my theory that the pink lips of Africans are used to signal health would fit the new Caltech theory rather well.

Julian

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And the Caltech Cheer Squad

... is here.

As with the MIT Cheer Squad, there are a lot of Asian girls. Brains and beauty.

Julian

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The Nerdettes!

The MIT Cheer Squad.

Actually, I think they are very sweet.

Another picture of them in action.

Julian



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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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Also adding another Catholic blog to my blogroll

Namely, Shrine of the Holy Whapping. Bad name, good blog.

This post, on the iconography of a "mystical crucifixion", was particularly interesting.

Julian

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Film with the same name as one of my favourite films wins Oscar

Story here.

I hardly read fiction, except for JG Ballard. And Cronenberg is a director whose films I tend to like. So I was rather pleased with "Crash", based on a book written by the former, and directed by the latter. And rather peeved that a new film with the same name - on America's most boring obsession - race - won the Oscar for Best Picture.

If I were Cronenberg, I would start marketing his film as "Cronenberg's Crash".

What do I like about Cronenberg's Crash? The whole tone of the movie; the soundtrack; the casting; the cold, caustic humour.

Anyway, I have added Ballardian to my blogroll. It's the best website I have found for material on Ballard and his world. Unfortunately, Ballard has lately remarked that he is getting more left wing as he gets older; on the bright side he was less left wing when he was younger.

As I recall, I found this blog, BLDGBLOG, via Ballardian. Very interesting on modern architecture, something I have come to appreciate only lately. BLDGBLOG goes to my blogroll too.

(note added later: it appears that the Ballardian website is a project of one Simon Sellars, who is an Australian, and possibly based here in Canberra.)

Julian

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