Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 30 2011

Overdue home office upgrade


The home office/guestroom/hide-junk-zone of the Penthouse Nordic features a huge IKEA desk that runs almost the length of one wall.  The Swede bought it when she started her PhD, and even though it’s probably big enough to accommodate three people who like each other, we rarely use it at the same time. In fact, the …

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May 27 2011

Gawker writer deftly illustrates GOP extremism in two sentences

I’ve been catching up on all the internet chatter surrounding Elizabeth Warren‘s appearance before the House of Representatives earlier this week. She’s the Harvard professor and consumer advocate who is leading the creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Not sure what the CFPB is? Gawker writer Max Read’s explanation is spot-on: “If you’re …

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May 25 2011

Score one for ping-pong diplomacy

The President and First Lady are on this side of the pond at the moment, and some of the most charming images of the Commander-in-Chief so far involved a doubles table tennis match in which he teamed with British Prime Minister David Cameron against some London teenagers. They appear to have had some fun in …

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May 22 2011

It’s better on a bike

Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing pointed me to a fantastic essay at the Sustainable Cities Collective website on the way people’s perceptions of their city changes when they experience it on a bicycle. Given that I haven’t owned a car since I moved to Sweden in the summer of 2002 (and Dr. Darling has never owned …

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May 19 2011

Minnesota seems to have learned California’s lesson

Great ad from folks trying to keep Minnesota from enshrining discrimination against gay citizens into its state constitution.

May 18 2011

Not-so-gratuitous Angelina shot

I rarely need an excuse to post an image of the Divine Ms. Jolie, but this time I’m doing it because there’s news about her directorial debut. (Click on the picture for more on that.)  Evidently it’s a film about the Bosnian War, which sounds more like a product of her experience as a UNHCR …

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May 17 2011

Brittana rules the air-waves

While I haven’t been as blown away by the musical numbers as I was during the first season, the Brittany/Santana relationship arc has been the highlight of Glee‘s “sophomore” year for me. (And for many others apparently, based on the message boards. Click on the photo to read an interview with Naya Rivera on …

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