On Let's Revisit All of Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 1

Impossible to hear this song without triggering a whole bunch of middle school muscle memory. I'm sweating,


Posted on August 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm 2

On Sex and the Dystopia

@Mad Dog In what way was Carrie not created by a woman? (Legitimate question, I'm confused!) I'd name Carrie's main 'creators' as Candace Bushnell (column and book author who came up with and first wrote the character) and Sarah Jessica Parker (actor who played her) - what am I missing?

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm 4

On Sex and the Dystopia

"You don’t look at these women and see someone you want to emulate; you look at them and understand why patriarchy endures."



Posted on July 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm 12

On Swim With Mr. Darcy

@Tuna Surprise I am definitely going swimming here after work on Friday. THIS IS HAPPENING.

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:23 am 0

On Abstain from Cognition During Meals

Surely this means 'abstain from cognitive activity other than that directly involved with preparing and consuming the meal during meals'? Like, you want to focus fully on your roast red pepper quiche, not be going 'hmm let me try to remember all the separate things around the house that need fixing' at the same time.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 10:12 am 6


This has been an absolutely mad day for politics (and a great day for skiving off work to check Twitter). So far I've got:

Texas GOOD
Prop 8 GOOD

Voting Rights BAD
Julia Gillard BAD?

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 10:42 am 10

On "First I Cry for His Departure, Then Laugh Because I’m Free"

The Tossers recorded a version of this with a great folky acoustic section and a bonus no-children-for-me-thanks third verse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd9Zi7p2WXo

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 9:56 am 2

On Hello to All That: 10 Books For Recent Grads

@Hammitt I just finished it last week, and SALLY JAY GORCE BE STILL MY HEART

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 8:20 am 0

On An Ode of Sorts to Fleet Week

I've never experienced a Fleet Week, but this was a great read.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 4:31 am 0

On On the Finding of Richard III's Bones: A Poem

@Amphora Mm, the north-south thing in England is a big deal. As an illustration (this is NOT a 1-1 equivalence), imagine the difference between red states and blue states, but if the red states were also raging bolshy trade unionists as well as being largely working class, and the blue states were populated by eg Donald Trump and Camilla Parker Bowles and others who you can imagine regularly saying, "Look, darling, this one earns most of his money 'working' at a 'job'! How quaint!"

Henry Tudor-soon-to-be-Henry-VII's grandfather was Welsh, but the rest of his family (Beauforts, Stanleys) was super blue-blooded and super southern, so the "last king of the north" is as much about "last ruler from the working class part of the country, which has a lot of regional pride but is always always overshadowed by London" as it is "boo foreigners".

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 5:16 am 0