So this evening looks set to drag on, so I went at and bought
samwidge, pie, coffee, absurdly dated Italian Made Simple book,
Neue Post, and the new White Stripes album.
M'colleague's at a lecture series I'm boycotting, so I'm taking the
chance on a big of speaker action and so far so good, for sure.
I nomi delle coso sono importanti. Perciò bisogna imparare i nomi di
The names of things are important. Therefore it is necessary to know
the names of many things.
Most of them answer to "Thingy" in our experience, but sadly they
don't say what the Italian for that is.
And I will go woosh off to Italia! All the gang will be
there! (I know real academics spend their careers bumping into each
other in an assortment of exotic locations, but I am after all not a
real academic, and this will be the first time I've repeated a
Meanwhile, there is urgent presentationtinsel to tinker with. (It is
too urgent when it's your funding agency's logo you're fiddling with.)
This week's specialguestbladet is Gävle's excellent Arbetarbladet,
Det blir inget sommardisko på Gamla Grand. Fastighetsägaren Realia
sätter stopp för de påstådda planerna.
There will no sommardisco at Gamla Grand. Propertyowner Realia has
put the kaybosh on the proposed plans.
Parochial is the new cosmopolitan, Varied Reader, and you can tell
anyone we said so.
Ohne Regeln konnten wir nich glücklich sein.
Without rules, we couldn't be happy.
(Neue Post, Reader's story.)
- Official OU Stuff
Filosofin från proletär klassstandpunkt
- Berger and Wossname,
The Social Construction of Reality,
- Tolstoï, Anna Kareninininina
I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll be coming home with a new, informed
opinion on the greatest novel EVAR, for sure.
- Bushs lilla knähund
Premiärministern fick blankt nej på tiggarresa
Blair - Bush's lapdog
The prime minister got a flat refusal on his beggingtrip
Is Blair ever going to figure out that you get no pro quo for
your quid with this Administration?
Even Polandland spotted that! (After backing the invasion of Iraq,
they were expecting preferential treatment on visas. Ho ho ho, silly
"notre plus grand risque, l'immobilisme et la division"
M'apportez le fauteil confortable !
(You don't have to mature your samwidgecake in the fridge, if
you don't mind it being rubbish.)
§2. Smelly Hippies vs. the Bleeding
Migrating birds are unlikely to be seriously affected by offshore wind
farms, according to a study.
Birds simply fly around the farms or between the turbines, says the study
Like, wow, man!
§3. Arthur "Cheer up, it might never happen" Schopenhauer
My nights were sour
Spent with Schopenhauer -
What joys untasted!
"Isn't it a pity?" (not the Galaxie 500 one, the Gershwin and Gershwin)
He's picking up some quality voting at the
Timber vis-a-vis the Beeb's silly poll. But is he easy to read in
German? We're looking for a natural next step up from Frau mit
Herz and 7 Tage (thanks MM if you're out there and that was
you!) and we wonder if Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung might
be a goer?
We might be on hiatus, or thereabouts, for a while, while we try to
get some Stuff Together.
Unless we fail or give up or need (as is not entirely unlikely)
massive doses of intravenal diversion.
Benoît XVI is on a mission. A mission from God, no less! And the
mission from God that he is on is to give not an inch, not a
millimetre, not an ångström in his quest to purge Yoorp of his silly
Enligt den nye påven är äktenskap mellan homosexuella en fejk och ett
uttryck för "anarkistisk frihet" som hotar familjens framtid.
Uttalandet kom samtidigt som flera länder behandlar frågan om att
legalisera samkönade äktenskap.
I sitt tal fördömde han även skilsmässa och preventivmedel.
According to the new pope gay marriage is a fraud and an expression of
"anarchic freedom" which threatens the future of the family.
The announcement comes at the same time as several lands address the
question of legalising same-sex marriage.
In his speech he also condemned divorce and contraception.
Now he needs to start excommunicating persons who defy his very clear
teachnings, which is pretty much all of even nominal "Catholics", and
then we can move on to Phase II, where we dismantle the Vatican brick
by brick and rebuild it in South America or Africa or somewhere else
that this rubbish still has an audience.
A cookery book which includes recipes using stale bread and roadside
weeds has become a huge best-seller in Germany.
Hartz IV - A Cookbook For Hard Times shows how to make meals such as
"Poor Man's Parmesan" and dandelion salad. It has sold out in Berlin
and the publisher has already started reprinting it.
A huge bestseller, eh? Überbuchverkaufen Amazon, any comment?
Amazon.de-sales rank 2,310
Beeboid, we have decided that this is not, in fact, a "huge
best-seller". You may not appeal. (Behold the power of the
(RSS, isn't it? Wheeeee...)
Zimbabwe is famously off the rails, but
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is not dead, the government say
Tuesday, denying a string of rumours, with a spokesman describing the
81-year-old "as fit as a teenager."
¿A living teenager or a dead teenager? we feel obliged to ask or enquire.
§1. Glorious Nationalday!
Sverige första helgmärkta nationaldag är officiellt invigd.
Strax efter klockan tio på måndagsmorgonen slog kungabarnen upp
portarna till Slottet.
- Det är en alldeles speciell dag i dag och alla vet vi varför, sade
Sveden's first nationalday holiday is officially inaugurated.
Just after ten (10) o'clock on Mondaymorning the Royal Childrens
opened the doors to the castle.
"It is a quite special day today
and we all know why", said kronprinsess Vickan.
What are the odds she'd forgotten and was bluffing?
You never know:
Großbritannien prüft die Einführung der deutschen Magnetschwebebahn
Transrapid. Nach Gesprächen im Büro von Premierminister Tony Blair
stünden nun Treffen mit dem Verkehrsministerium an, sagte der für
Großbritannien zuständige Projektleiter von Transrapid International,
Jochen Kruse, der britischen Tageszeitung "The Guardian". Die
Gespräche würden über eine Verbindung zwischen London und Schottland
entlang der Hauptverkehrsstrecke geführt.
Magneticlevitationwooshtrainspeculation is rife in Blighty. Woosh
goes the wooshtrain! Wooooosh! (Sorry, we don't speak the German.)
(I dare you to try and find the relevant article using the Graun's
hilarious "search engine". Seriousy, try it. We found
it, of course, with Google.)
London to Newcastle in one hour 40 minutes? A snip at 16 billion GBP,
[Blair's] advisors say the project would pay huge environmental
dividends as it would make domestic air travel virtually obsolete,
with a trip from London to Newcastle taking just one hour 40 minutes.
It will probably never occur to Blair's advisors, or for that matter
to the Graun, that there are people starting in places that aren't
London. I've flown from Bristol to Glasgow with Easyjet, for sure.
But we like wooshtrains anyway, and our recent conversion to
Keynesian economics means that we think it is very much the business
of the state to undertake infrastructure projects that generate
extensive benefits that are nonetheless too diffuse to allow private
enterprise to make a business case for them.
Norway is celebrating 100 years of independence from Sweden.
(We pass over in not-quite-silence the fact that Norway is in fact
doing no such something, unless you count the prime-minister's blue and yellow
They call it blogg
She was the kind of dame made you wish your tweedkavaj was strengthened with läderrundlar during the elbows, with an easy mist wood expression that could make a guy dropp paper bundles of paper.
"I need to consults to apparitionen."
Didn't they all?
"Look sweetheart, the exists many myths about us detectives. I don't do apparitionen consultning."
[We are indebted to Jonathan K. Cohen, harvestbird , the Systran translation engine, Åsa Linderborg and in the near future possibly especially lawyers thereof.]
Since Paris stakes its claim to be a major Yoorpean metropolis by
jealously hoarding its listnings away from our prying eyes, we note for
our records that a new production of Tartuffe is on at the
Comédie-Française until 18 July (en alternance).
We already knew, for some reason, that there's a new
White Stripes album out today, but our newly installed
RSS-beserkning facility brings us a nice review:
La rumeur prétend que le couple de Detroit (Michigan) aurait échoué
cette fois à innover, que leur cinquième opus marque un coup d'arrêt
dans leur ascension. La rumeur est folle : avec Get Behind me Satan,
les White Stripes continuent de planer au-dessus de la mêlée.
It was rumoured that the Detroit pair had failed to innovate this
time, that their fifth album was a step backward. The rumours were
wrong: with Get Behind Me Satan the White Stripes continue to
planer above the mêlée.
Oh those mélodies écorchées !
Well, yes, it has been there a while, but now it's officially
Revolutionen har nått Sverige.
Och alla pratar om den. Hela tiden. I kassakön på Ica Maxi i
Falköping. På kaffepausen mellan regeringssammanträdet i
De kallar det blogg.
The revolution has reached Sweden.
And everyone is talking about it. All the time. In the tillqueue in
Ica Maxi in Falköping. At coffebreak in the governmentmeeting at
They call it blogg.
(All together now: "What a dull name!")
Åsa Linderborg isn't celebrating the Glorious Nationalday, of course,
but instead contemplating a researcher's lot, with backstabbing and
brownnosing and herdinstincts and socialirrelevance featuring
prominently. But is she bitter?
You bet your sweet ass she
Eller för att citera Max Weber som menade att ingen forskare enbart
lever för sitt kall och kan lyckas undgå att bli bitter och rent av gå
under av att se "medelmåtta efter medelmåtta passera". "Jag har
åtminstone den erfarenheten", skriver Weber, "att det är oerhört få
som kan uthärda den här situationen utan allvarliga psykiska
Or to cite Max ["Chuckles"] Weber, who said that no scholar can live
only for their calling or avoid becoming bitter and [something] from
seeing "mediocrity after mediocrity overtake". "I have at least the
experience", Weber wrote, "that extremely few can endure such a
situation without serious psychological injuries."
Cheer up, Chuckles! Posterity loves you! (Well, we do, at least!)