Archive for January, 2010

Stuff you won’t learn in college

Posted in culture on January 29, 2010 by Jonathan

Dennis Prager explains the lack of men (as opposed to males) in America and why that lack is a bad thing for women.

[For more wisdom students won’t gain in a regular college, visit Prager University.]

Technology update

Posted in other on January 29, 2010 by Jonathan

The Onion has the scoop behind the new Apple tablet.

Happy fun times in Sweden

Posted in books on January 28, 2010 by Jonathan

Here’s an interesting piece on the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. I haven’t read any of them — crime stories set in Sweden don’t exactly call out to me, although the smoking hot babe on the covers may make me reconsider their literary merit. It always does.

Thought of the day

Posted in movies, other on January 25, 2010 by Jonathan

If I had made Avatar, I’d have cast Al Gore as the savior of Pandora and called it Alvatar.


Posted in other on January 23, 2010 by Jonathan

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

Conan O’Brien

Adios, Conando

Posted in culture, entertainment, television on January 23, 2010 by Jonathan

I didn’t watch too many episodes of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, thereby probably contributing to its lower-than-expected ratings, but much of what I did see was pure genius. Of course, I’m biased, since I’ve been a fan of Conan from his Late Night days. He was (is) nicer than Letterman, more off-the-wall than Leno, and he had (has) a talent for making interviews with even the most astonishingly boring guests fun. But while I think his humor transferred well to Los Angeles, I still associate him with New York. Whatever happens, here’s hoping his next show isn’t in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

Is this it?

Posted in culture, entertainment, movies, other on January 22, 2010 by Jonathan

The end of the world (as we know it) seems to be the reigning theme in culture right now, from movies (The Book of Eli, 2012, Legion, The Road) to fashion shows. I don’t know the reason for it all; I recall that the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago tried to diagnose this end-times fascination, and, if memory serves, attributed it to fears of political and foreign affairs instability.

Whatever the explanation, it’s too early to panic. We’ll know the apocalypse is here when a Paris fashion show features clothes that look normal.