[livejournal.com profile] matt_arnold ins a comment at [livejournal.com profile] scalzi's Whatever:
Jemalledin,

And seriously, pissing off Cory Doctorow is a classic internet blunder.

The first one, but less well known, is: "Never get involved in a land war in Asia."
The link has the full context if you didn't follow the thing. Me? I had a barrel of popcorn.

Also? [livejournal.com profile] boing_boing has had a redesign, is using Movable Type, and has [livejournal.com profile] tnh modding the comments. From what I can tell, these are all Good Things.
UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said::
We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.
Genius.

via
Via a friends locked post, Sparta Reconsidered - Spartan Women:
In a frequently quoted incident, the wife of King Leonidas was allegedly asked why Spartan women were the only women in Greece who "ruled" their husbands. Gorgo replied, "because we are the only women who give birth to men." In other words, only men with the self-confidence to accept women as equals were men at all.
Sounds good to me. From what I'm hearing, the film is fun as well. Don't think 'd have wanted to live there, but can't argue with that attitude.

Anyway, just got in, had to share that one, have to plot my revenge on [livejournal.com profile] nadriel now.
OK, one of the basic rules of blogging is that links aren't there to help the blogger, they're there as a service to your readers. Consequently, although this link has little appeal to me, I provide it because I know a fair number of my friends are filthy perverted voyeurs who like looking at pictures of mostly naked young pretty people. Therefore, this link is fr all the filthy perverted types out there; the Leaky Couldron (a site I'm not known to frequent but I lost the via link, sorry), has pictures of Daniel Radcliffe almost naked taken from the publicity for his new play, Equus. Somehow, I suspect I'm going to attend that play at some point. Oh well, it looks like it might have a few redeeming features (the website can't seem to tell me who she is, any ideas out there?).

On the subject of Harry Potter fans; [livejournal.com profile] jantshira (and possibly others) would likely be interested in this quote by [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll which he's repeated on his profile:
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
There's an icon with a paraphrase doing the rounds out there as well, but it's rather apposite to a few conversations I've had recently.

Now, via [livejournal.com profile] tyrell, this is rather good ad Bash.org, book report comparing Bill Clinton's memoirs with Titanic:
Titanic:..... The story of Jack and Rose, their forbidden love, and
subsequent catastrophe.
Clinton:..... The story of Bill and Monica, their forbidden love, and
subsequent catastrophe.

Titanic:..... Jack is a starving artist.
Clinton:..... Bill is a bullshit artist.

Perhaps of more general importance, one of Blair's best mates has been arrested (again), and of course we all believe Mr Blair's Spokesman when he says the sainted Tone had nothing to do with it, don't we children? Meh. Why is it always corruption that gets them? Invade a small country illegally after lying about the justification? No problem. 'Borrow' money to pay for an overbudgeted election campaign, and you get caught. Ah well, they got Capone on tax fraud after all.

Now this, on the other hand, is very cool, Stonehenge builders' houses found (also at CNN.com). How cool is that? Might have to make a small detour seing as the site is directly on the drive to Torquay from here.

Also, it looks like, if things keep going, we may actually get peace in our time! Well, in Northern Ireland, anyway, which is good enough given the history of the last 30 or so years. This also means a lovely new set of elections to watch, coming soon; [livejournal.com profile] sammymorse has already started an analysis of the more interesting battlegrounds, and I bow to his superior local knowledge (he was [livejournal.com profile] nhw's agent when he ran for the precursor to the assembly).

And last up, from Alex Lucard what has to be the weirdest hotel resort in existence. It's a former top security prison in Latvia, and you pay them to lock you up and be treated like a prisoner. Nice... (site is flash based, and thus BAD, but given I'm no longer on dial-up, it's actually loadable, still crap though, as entirely flash sites always are).

Lastly, a question: Would I be better off attending Les Miserables for the first time having read up on the plot, or going in cold?
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