meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned



The reason Second Life bugs me is not the fact that it slows my computer to a crawl, that most of my fellow characters are impossibly thin girls with overinflated breasts, or that most...


Emotional Support Duck

These days people rely on a veritable Noah’s Ark of support animals … although dogs are the most common service animals taken onto planes, the [American Airlines] has had to accommodate monkeys, miniature horses,...


Familiar and Relatively Unassertive

A businesss background music is like an aural pheromone. It attracts some customers and repels others, and it gives pedestrians walking past the front door an immediate clue about whether they belong inside. A...


Happy Mothers’ Day

The United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world … American babies are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and...


McNugget Blowback

Men in white rubber suits and gas masks chasing down chickens in rural villages… Chickens sold and slaughtered in live markets… Wild birds flying across the sky… These are the typical images broadcast by...


Hear No Evil

We got into this dilemma because we essentially dont have a strategy for dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue. By we I mean the United States and the Bush administration … In the spring...


Stonehenge’s Better PR

Here’s a nice array of ancient calendar observatories but unfortunately, as usual, for the Hibernian Isles it skips over all the really meaningful stuff and focusses on Stonehenge. I blame Spinal Tap for much...


Mr Smiley vs Mr Simley

I find it a startling example of nominative determinism that when WalMart punts a spokesman to defend its attempt to trademark the Smiley Face, his name just happens to be Mr Simley.


Prance On Ye Merrie Foole

Just as absolute monarchs of old had their court jesters, with deliberate comic idioms as a mock reflection of the King’s, so today we have the prancing Stephen Colbert. Also as one big download....