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google suggest

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I’m assuming that you use the google to find things on the web – for most people it’s second nature. They recently started a neat new feature where the page will suggest search strings as you type – has the same kind of feature.

Today on Failblog I saw a kind of bizarre search suggestion and wasn’t sure if it was real, so I went to and started to type in “I am extremely”. Sure enough – check out the last option (click on the image for it to be clearer):


Monday, January 19th, 2009

Is Inauguration Day. And about time. Here are some great pics of the preparations.

worst cheese ever

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Next time Emma complains about me eating stinky cheese, I will reminder her that it could be a lot worse – it could be stinky and alive

worth reading

Monday, January 12th, 2009

We’re getting close to Feb 12, 2009, which is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and will be celebrated by many/some as Darwin Day. One science writer has taken a cue from’s recent, and excellent, blogging the Bible series to do a similar series by reading On the Origin of Species and writing about it chapter by chapter (here’s the set-up and here’s chapter 1, about variation through domestication). Fascinating stuff, and I’m excited to keep following this series on this most amazing man and theory.


Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The Slate Explainer column has been running a list of unanswered questions from readers. Here’s this year’s crop. I like how some of them are very terse, but some are long and rambling, ending with some kind of justification:

Is the stomach normally full of air like a balloon, or is it squeezed flat by the other organs, like a balloon with no air that spreads open as food and water come in? Are the other organs squeezed and compressed like a squeezed sponge, or are they like a sponge not being squeezed? What about the intestines? Are they squeezed flat normally, or are they open like one of those long balloons that magicians make animals out of? I’m trying to get a picture in my mind what the inside of the body normally looks like.

santa scares

Friday, December 12th, 2008

In previous years we have tried to encourage Toby to want to get his picture taken with a Mall Santa – most of the malls here have a great big Santa’s Grotto, outside which lines of parents, grandparents and children stand for hours to get a picture with Santa. However (and probably fortunately) Toby seemed to be very suspicious of the whole thing, and especially Santa himself. Last year we met a Santa who was on break from his perch – he was a very large man wearing a quite ornate Santa outfit, with lots of extra fur trim and even knickerbockers with stripy green and white socks. I found him intimidating, and of course Toby would have nothing to do with him.

Well it turns out that Toby is not alone among his peers for being Santaphobic. Our local paper recently sent out a request for readers’ photos of their kids crying in Santa’s lap, and got loads of fantastic examples. Here’s a video compilation.


Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Local paper blog reports a visit to the excellent Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, which is only a few blocks from my house. And in the post, one of my favorite bizarre pictures:

Sarah Allen portrait

Sarah Allen portrait

Text: “With no attempt at idealization, Mrs. Allen is presented as a masculine-looking middle aged woman, appearing sturdy and confident as she daintily pulls on her glove.”

Hmmm. If someone painted a picture of my wife looking like a 22-year old dude in a dress, I would be having serious words with them. Certainly I wouldn’t want the picture being in an art gallery for all to wonder at.

stand back, ladies

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Further to my recent post about the Finnish disco dancers, here are some pictures of Swedish dance bands (as linked to from BoingBoing). A few samples:

Note the clogs. And strange swimming-pool juxtaposition. I bet they\'re all wearing Speedos

Note the clogs. And strange swimming-pool juxtaposition. I bet they're all wearing Speedos

\'Scandinavians\'. Really? You surprise me.

'Scandinavians'. Really? You surprise me.

You\'d have thought that with a name like this they\'d be a punk band. Clearly not.

You'd have thought that with a name like this they'd be a punk band. Clearly not.

Who is the hick? You decide!

Who is the hick? You decide!

our new first family

Friday, November 7th, 2008

An amazing set of backstage pictures as the Obama family experience election night. Fascinating, real and moving.

Also I’m enjoying hearing newscasters say “President-Elect Obama”

they like to move it

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Some funky middle-aged Finns: