31 May 2011


Words by PG Wodehouse, music by Jerome Kern, performed by Billy Murray.

True Things We Never Say

1. Earth's natural resources are unlimited and munificent (okay, that one's been said, but can't be said enough);

2. Books are not sacred. They are physical objects without inherent meaning and do not embody the ideas expressed within themselves. If you need to get rid of a bunch of books, you could do worse than a bonfire.

3. In a literate society, teaching children is unskilled labor.

29 May 2011

24 May 2011

It's The Birthing Pool That Makes It Perfect

Parents keep child's gender secret (Jayme Poisson, parentcentral.ca, 5/21/11)
Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby.... While there’s nothing ambiguous about Storm’s genitalia, they aren’t telling anyone whether their third child is a boy or a girl.

The only people who know are Storm’s brothers, Jazz, 5, and Kio, 2, a close family friend and the two midwives who helped deliver the baby in a birthing pool at their Toronto home on New Year’s Day.

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter.

Cardiology salaries high, but not high enough, cardiologists say (Shelley Wood, theheart.org, 4/28/11)
New York, NY - Cardiologists—especially males—are among some of the highest-paid physicians in the US, but most believe they are inadequately reimbursed for what they do.

22 May 2011

We Can't Choose Our Fellow Travelers,

But do we really have to pretend that the War Powers Act is constitutional, or that we care, even to poke fun at President Obama? Obama might be a hypocrite, but he's the best type of hypocrite: one who does what I want while scorning me.

Spam And Sausage

The new blog won't accept comments on posts more than two weeks old without moderation, and so I periodically get pulled back into the past by comment spam. This is less annoying than I would have expected, because I get to explore my archives serendipitously. Today I was taken back to this post, of which I had no memory whatsoever.

Shortly thereafter, I followed a thread from Think of England to The Dabbler to Nigeness to this comment thread, which led me in turn to sausage blogging (which is not, as the internet cognescenti might expect, euphemistic). No doubt the sausage bloggers look as the politics/isn't life a funny old thing bloggers and wonder how they can go on and on about that stuff.