Mar 29 2007


BBC News:

The Home Office will be split into two separate departments for security and justice, Tony Blair is expected to say.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs will take control of probation, prisons and prevention of re-offending and be renamed the Ministry of Justice.

And we expect the JUSTICE department to be twinned with the Ministry Of Information Retrieval.

Mar 28 2007

The Wooden Tower Of Gangsters

The Telegraph:

Dominating the skyline of Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia’s far north-west, it is believed to be the world’s tallest wooden house, soaring 13 floors to reach 144ft – about half the size of the tower of Big Ben.

The house that Sutyagin built is also crumbling, incomplete and under threat of demolition from city authorities determined to end the former convict’s eccentric 15-year project.

When Sutyagin began work on his dacha in 1992, he claims he was only intending to build a two-storey house – larger than those of his neighbours to reflect his position as the city’s richest man, but certainly not a contender for the Guinness Book of Records.

However, convinced by a trip to see wooden houses in Japan and Norway, he concluded that he had not used roof space efficiently enough and decided to keep building.

“First I added three floors but then the house looked ungainly, like a mushroom,” he said. “So I added another and it still didn’t look right so I kept going. What you see today is a happy accident.”

I am so building myself a wood tower.

Mar 28 2007

The Concrete Dragon

From Ananova:

Chinese people have condemned a project to build a 13-mile long dragon along a mountain ridge outside a city.

A 13-mile long dragon is being built along a mountain ridge outside historic Xinzheng city in China /Lu Feng

Developers say the project will rival the Great Wall of China and revive tourism to historic Xinzheng city, Henan province.

But, in a survey of 50,000 people, 92% strongly opposed the project for “abusing the environment and wasting money”.

Mar 24 2007

“An Electric Muffle Crucible”

Ron Turner cover collection on Flickr

Mar 24 2007

Chris Ware Animation

“Some sort of pseudo production service.”

Mar 24 2007

See How They Grin


Mar 22 2007

His Head Is Twice The Size

Also: this hurts my brain.

Mar 22 2007


It’s been a while since The Onion really made me laugh.

WASHINGTON, DC—Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of American forces in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, announced plans Monday to step down as U.S. Central Command chief to focus on solo bombing projects.

Gen. Franks tells reporters, “It’s time for me to see what I can destroy on my own.”

“The years I’ve spent with the Army have been amazing, and we did some fantastic bombing,” said Franks at a Pentagon press conference. “But at this point, I feel like I’ve taken it as far as I can. It’s time for me to move on and see what I can destroy on my own.”

“I’d really like to get back to my roots,” Franks said. “It’s exciting to put on a big show with M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, but I got my first combat experience as an artillery officer in Vietnam. Part of me really misses being out there in the swamps, just one man and a howitzer.”

“My years with the military have been the best of my life,” Franks continued. “But when you’re at the head of a group, you’re always considering the entire unit’s best interests. Even though you’re the leader, it can be very stifling. If you get the urge to bomb India or Brazil, you can’t just go off and do it.”

Mar 20 2007

A Weary Shake Of The Head

BBC News:

An estimated 10,000 passports were issued to fraudulent applicants in 12 months, the Home Office has said.

The documentation was issued by the Identity and Passport Service in the year up to September 2006.

And we’re expected to believe that a biometric ID card, which will have far more of our personal identity attached to it than a passport, is a good idea? If our bureaucrats fail to deliver 10,000 passports to the correct people in the course of a single year, how can they argue that a personal identity system will do anything other than waste money and endanger the identities of millions of Britons?

Mar 20 2007

“I’m there right now.”

While Blue Velvet is the best of Lynch’s films, I think Lost Highway contains the best single Lynch scene. I give you, in the spirit of the fragmentary vignettes that seem to make up my entire life, The Man At The Party: