Sep
16
2014
3

Quote of the Day, Arguing With A Scot Is Not Like Arguing With A Mule… edition.

…because the mule is more likely to eventually concede the point.

Niall Ferguson, after explaining why Scottish independence will probably be (economically speaking) a poor life choice for Scotland*, wondered why the Scots seem to be thinking about doing it anyway. He wondered briefly; because the answer is, of course, that they’re Scots**:

Telling a Scot, “You can’t do this — if you do, terrible things will happen to you,” has been a losing negotiating strategy since time immemorial. If you went into a Glasgow pub tonight and said to the average Glaswegian, “If you down that beer, you’ll get your head kicked in,” he would react by draining his glass to the dregs and telling the barman, “Same again.”

Mind you, I’m Irish. We’ll do any damfool thing you want if there’s beer in it and maybe a band playing.

Moe Lane

*Short version: the EU doesn’t want them on the Euro and England won’t let them stay on the pound.

**My father’s mother was a MacMillan. Be grateful that I don’t use that excuse to (as Kim Newman once snarked in passing about people in my situation) dress in a kilt, quote Robbie Burns, and embrace every crass Scottish stereotype that there is.

Sep
15
2014
9

‘Detroit Rock City.’

This is gonna sound weird, but… I don’t think that I’ve actually ever listened to a KISS song.

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But that’s impossible, right?

Sep
15
2014
2

‘I need to get a new laser pointer.’

…Sorry; but that’s literally the most interesting thing I’ve thought for the last three hours. Everything else has been NO NO NO CURSE YOU SERVER I JUST WANT FIVE MINUTES OF PVP THIS IS NOT UNREASONABLE YOU HAVE GONE OUT AGAIN WHY MUST YOU MAKE MY TIME HERE ONE OF PAIN. In comparison, the need for a new cat distraction toy seems quaint, charming, and free of nerdrage.

I am just a little bit jangled up right now, sorry.

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Sep
15
2014
1

Headline title of the day.

I don’t know why this entertains me, but it does.

The Queen makes a surprise appearance on the Antiques Roadshow to discuss family knickknacks

You read that headline correctly, the Queen was on the Antiques Roadshow.

If you ever wondered what a Sunday night in with the Windsors was like, it involves watching the Antiques Roadshow, according to show presenter Fiona Bruce, who said that she’d heard Queen Elizabeth II was a ‘fan’ of the long-running BBC series.

That most definitely seemed to be the case when last night night saw HRH and husband Prince Phillip appear on the show to chat to experts about heirlooms from Hillsborough Castle, her residence in Northern Ireland, where the team were filming.

Staunch small-r republican, me – and Irish Catholic, at that – but I like Elizabeth II. Not that she’s ever invited me over for tea and cakes, mind you.

Sep
14
2014
0

‘Lola.’

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I do so love this song.

Sep
14
2014
1

Reminder: if a story sounds too good (or bad) to be true…

…it probably isn’t.

Nah, I’m not going to link to the latest example: aside from everything else, the details of said example are more suitable for a site that caters to a rather specific subgenre of porn than it would be for this dignified and classy website.

Sep
14
2014
2

Has there ever been a movie about the Flyers – Red Army hockey game?

Because I think that there could be a movie in this.

Hockey’s version of the Cold War reached a pinnacle in the 1970s. Team Canada’s narrow victory at the legendary Summit Series in 1972 only heightened the animosity and that had been between brewing between the powers-that-be in North American and Soviet hockey.

During the 1975-76 season, the rivalry was renewed again. Two Soviet club teams – the legendary Red Army (CSKA Moscow) squad and the skilled, but less formidable Soviet Wings (Krylya Sovetov) – toured North America and played a series of four games apiece against NHL clubs.

By far the most anticipated matches were those pitting the Red Army against the Montreal Canadiens and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Spoiler warning, for those who know nothing of the Flyers’ style of play back then: the Russians did know what hit them, but only after they picked themselves back up off of the ice.  I didn’t see it – I was only six at the time – but I’ve heard people who did, and they usually had tones of awe in their voice.  Why can’t they make sports movies about stuff like that?  I’d watch movies about stuff like that.

Moe Lane

Sep
14
2014
0

Tweet of the Day, …#Merica edition.

Look, just because I love “The Star Spangled Banner” doesn’t mean that I don’t love “America the Beautiful.” Maybe not as much, but…

‘Spacious skies,’ indeed.

Sep
13
2014
1

I’ve been listening to the latest U2 album…

…the one (Songs of Innocence) that’s only available via iTunes, but is available for free.  So far?  This was a very nice gift that U2 gave me.  I appreciate it greatly.  If you like the band, you should like the album.  It also feels a bit like U2 doesn’t know how many more albums they have in them, so they tried to make this one meaningful.

Even if you’re upset about the fact that it got tossed into your library whether you asked for it or not – and, hoo, boy, but apparently a lot of people are – …yeah, OK, that was obnoxious.  But I really like the album anyway so far.  A couple of the tracks are going to be going on heavy rotation.

Sep
13
2014
2

Tweet of the Day, There Are So Many Ways It Could Have Been Even Worse That Day edition.

You should read the whole thing, but Jake Tapper summed it up: “Happy ending.”

Sep
12
2014
4

‘Waterloo.’

Remember, this is not a parody of a Seventies proto-music video.

WaterlooABBA

I mean, how can you parody that?

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