Monthly Archives: September 2009

Prettige blasfemiedag, allemaal

Vandaag is het internationale blasfemiedag, ¹ een dag ² waarop je religieuze ideeën aan net zo veel kritiek en onderzoek mag onderwerpen als alle andere ideeën. Het idee dat je religieus gedachtegoed—dat wat mensen ten diepste raakt—zomaar moet respecteren omdat het, ehm, religieus gedachtegoed is, is natuurlijk de grootst mogelijke flauwekul. Ieder idee mag je… Read more »

First lines: An Abundance of Katherines

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated—and been dumped by—19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin—an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy—heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy-loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a… Read more »

Another birthday boy

Today is Meat Loaf’s 62nd birthday. This is my obligatory mention of that fact, and this is a link to the best performance on his 2007 tour. Indeed, I got no inspiration today.

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…and for my sixtieth birthday…

Some people say that if a song holds up when it’s played on just an acoustic guitar, it’s a good song. I guess that “Dancing in the Dark” is one hell of a song then. Uni and her Ukelele — Dancing in the Dark Happy birthday, mr. Springsteen.

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First lines: Pyramids

Pyramids, the seventh Discworld novel (and, coincidentally, the seventh Discworld novel I’ve read), deals with pyramids that distort (what goes on) for normality on the Discworld, a prince trained to be an assassin who inherits the throne, a mysterious High Priest who detests change and the greatest mathematician in the world, who happens to be… Read more »