Dear LORD but I needed that haircut.

It’s finally open enough out that I could go get one, so I went and got one. I’m still getting used to the feeling of turning my head and not having a hunk of hair suddenly obscuring my face. Heck, my head feels a couple pounds lighter — although, for all I know it is. I’ve never seriously wondered before just how much a full head of hair weighs.

Hold on… this is apparently a complicated question to answer, or at least there are numerous, mutually-contradictory answers. Suffice it to say that my head doesn’t feel as warm anymore.

It’s a beautiful day out here…

…so go enjoy yours, to the extent that local weather conditions will allow.  Me, I need to go get a haircut: there’s a new place, which means that I get to watch a new bunch of barbers get it through their heads that, yes, really, I understand what I am getting into when I walk into an African-American-run barbershop and tell them to “cut it fairly short.”  It’s why I’m there, guys.




Cyprus to raid private bank deposits, on orders from European Union.

Basically, it goes like this: the EU bails out Cypriot banks to the tune of 10 billion euros, in partial exchange for a 6.75% to 9.9% raid on Cypriot personal accounts (which is supposed to net about 5.8 billion euros in revenue), collectable probably now Tuesday*. See also here, here, and here.

Naturally, the subjects of Cyprus (I can’t in either good conscience or grammar call them “citizens”) are freaking out and trying to yank what money they can out of the banks; many wonder if the rest of the EU is going to follow suit.  Should the average European be worried?  Well, Walter Russell Mead (who is not entirely sympathetic to the Cypriots, given that they’ve been operating as money launderers to various unsavory Russians for some time) notes this: Continue reading Cyprus to raid private bank deposits, on orders from European Union.