The Spanish Inquisitor had up a recent picture of Newt. With that expression, I got it stuck in my head that he looked a lot like Uncle Arthur from the 60s TV show “Bewitched.” For some reason, I wasn’t able to find an Uncle Arthur (actor Paul Lynde, by the way) picture with just that… Continue reading Newt Channeling Uncle Arthur
A World Lit Only by Fire The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age by William Manchester 366 pages Little, Brown & Company, New York, 1993 I have recently heard the argument made more and more that the so-called Dark Ages were not that. I think this book stands against that notion. William… Continue reading Review: A World Lit Only by Fire
I have been a bit of an amateur linguist since high school. Recently, I decided to look into which languages were the most spoken. I made a post on that, based on minimal intertube research. Now that I have a new table plugin (courtesy of Tobias Bäthge), I decided to take another stab at it.… Continue reading Languages
I was looking into going to Germany for vacation. I wanted to see how much of that country I could see. I hadn’t realized how large it is. My research (source: Wikipedia)showed that Germany is over 13% larger than New Mexico (source: Wikipedia). That got me thinking about how various European countries compared with U.S.… Continue reading Size Comparison E.U. vs. U.S.
An unfortunate practice has come to be an inescapable part of modern journalism. This is the introduction of “false balance” to any subject. I have written about that before, but I have only now really figured out a reasonable counter for it. During this morning’s drive to work, I was listening to the Point of… Continue reading Proposal for a Crackpot Limit