Martians in 2016? You Decide!


Carl Warner’s Foodscapes


Thanks to Crooked Brains for linking to this slideshow from the London Telegraph.  Here’s the artist’s website.

Troubled adults and the children who love them


Imagine how embarrassing it would be to be the child of one of these parents.  Here’s the BBC article.

Harry Nicolaides speaks

harry-tearful1After the jump, two brief newspaper articles based on interviews Harry Nicolaides has granted since his release.  Most interesting to me is this paragraph from the first article:

Harry admits that an article by him published in Eureka Street, a Melbourne based publication, alleging that Thai police turned a blind eye to the importation of child pornography from Burma, may have impacted on his situation, “It may have put me on the radar, I knew I was always provocative but at worst if anything at all happened I thought I would be deported, never jailed.” 


Bobby the Page

I think  Boby jindal sounds just like Kenneth the page from30 Rock.  See what you think. 

Ash Wednesday

No juniper tree

No juniper tree

T. S. Eliot was a student of Irving Babbitt’s at Harvard.  Afterward, Eliot often claimed to be a disciple of Babbitt’s.  “Once to have been a student of Babbitt’s was to remain always in that position,” Eliot wrote.  Eliot sent letters to Babbitt under the salutation “Dear Master.”  Babbitt never answered any of these letters.  Babbitt never made it clear whether he was repelled by “Dear Master” or he disliked Eliot for some other reason. 

Be that as it may, in 1989-1990 I spent a good deal of my time reading books by Babbitt and his circle of followers.  Since Eliot was the most famous of those who wished for admission to that circle, part of that time I studied Eliot.  My favorite of his poems is “Ash Wednesday.”  Today is Ash Wednesday.  So:


Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man’s gift and that man’s scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the agèd eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?

Cat Town!

Build it, and they will come.

Strict Police

Another funny item via Language Log.

He’s free!

Reunited with his father

Reunited with his father

Harry Nicolaides is out of jail and back home.

A Thunderlad at large

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel

Recently I (Acilius) have posted several long-winded comments on the message board at the Dykes to Watch Out For site.  Topics of my bloviation have included the weaknesses of The Economist; how children think of social class; how much I’d like to have a hamburger dressed with peanut butter; whether it is likely that university faculties will continue to be organized into departments; what it might mean if academic departments were dissolved and faculty members reported directly to administrators; the fact that I had bacon for breakfast Saturday; what the relationship might be between income level, educational level, and political affiliation; the reason why I’ve been posting there so much; and Sean Penn’s voice in the movie Milk. 

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