Yearly Archives: 2009

Things I Hate About Christmas: The Season

Sure, snow is pretty. But I can’t recall the last time we had a white christmas here in The Netherlands. A cold and wet one, on the other hand? When it comes to weather, I’m picky: I loathe rain, wind and cold, but it shouldn’t be too warm either. A sunny spring day with temperatures… Read more »

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Things I Hate About Christmas: Decorations / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Why would any sane person put a (fake) tree in their living room and put loads of tacky crap in it? Under normal circumstances, I can just about get the point of having a bunch of candles around. But why, for the love of all things bright and shiny, would… Read more »

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The Airing of Grievances

We have a saying in The Netherlands, Je moet van je hart geen moordkuil maken, meaning that you should not keep things that bother you locked up inside. This is, not entirely coincidental, perfectly in line with the Festivus tradition of The Airing of Grievances. Therefor, over the next couple of days, I will be… Read more »

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Quote of the Day

Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. It’s Human Rights Day, on which we commemorate the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.

First Lines: The Greatest Show on Earth

What choice did biologist Richard Dawkins have but to release a book presenting the evidence for evolution in this Darwin year? The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is that book. As you should know by now, evolution by natural selection is for all intents and purposes a scientific fact. Which is to… Read more »