Archive for the ‘funny’ Category


Thursday, April 26th, 2007

OK, this is strange: Dog owners ‘fleeced’ in poodle scam. Nothing to add, really.

my son the heretic

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

I’ve mentioned Toby’s friend Silje a few times on this blog. She’s a great friend for Toby to have – full of sass and intelligence and adventure.

This evening her mom Kristi told me that she and Silje were having a conversation earlier today about Easter. Silje said, “Well Mommy, I know that Easter is in fact not about God and Jesus and stuff. It’s about treats and candy.” “Oh,” said Kristi. “Yes,” said Silje, “And I know because Toby told me.”


Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Here’s a spooky Dick Cheney picture – with captions! (warning – some rude words contained in the link). (But it’s still funny).


Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Probably from school, Toby knows that the president is (sigh) George Bush. We had a discussion about it this morning while the news was on – Toby said “Didn’t you know who the first president was?” We told him we didn’t, although of course we do. “It was George Washington. But then … [eyes wide] he died.”

We told him that a while ago there was another President Bush, and then President Clinton, and that one day there would be a new president, when Toby is six. Toby enthusiastically said, “Yes, when George Bush dies” which we had to correct him on, although I guess there would be if that happens too.

We tried, with effort, not to let our personal political views get into the conversation, there’s plenty of time for that when he’s older. But we did say, when talking about Bill Clinton, that lots of people think he is a very good man and was a good president (of course lots of other people don’t agree). Toby said, “Well. George Bush is also a good president.” We asked why, and were told, “Um, because… he helps people to fly all around the world

caption competition

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Congratulations to my brother for winning today’s BBC caption competition. I think all the entries are pretty decent, but his pips them. Nice job, Robin!

you decide

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

I got an email from our choir director asking whether I’d need childcare for Toby during the upcoming Holy Week services, specifically for our wonderful Tenebrae service on the fourth.

This was sent to my gmail account which you may know has targeted ads shown discreetly on the right of the screen, based on the text in the message you might be reading.

So how, I wonder, did they decide to include this ad:

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What is known. What is unknown. Real cleansing photos. You decide.

I have decided, and I do not want to see real cleansing photos.


Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

When I was about 2 or 3 years old my family moved to Aberdeen in Scotland, where I lived till I went to Glasgow University. My mother still lives there and it’s fun to go back – the place moves along but there are some old faithful things which don’t change a whole bunch.

One of those things is the local paper – the Press and Journal. Here’s the cover page we saw when we were back for Christmas back in 1999. I love the local, local news – old lady gets hurt, comedically named dog found, local old faithful store having a post-Christmas sale. This was Emma’s first experience of Aberdeen. Remember – the Aberdeen Press and Journal (click on the picture for a larger view):

Abedeen Press and Journal

the wisdom of children

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

From this week’s New Yorker: the Wisdom of Children.

(I know, not much of a post on my behalf but it’s worth linking to, I hope you’ll agree.)

more songs about buildings and food

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

At the zoo today Toby heard the geese making quite a racket. After a discussion about the singular and plural of goose/geese he said “I think they’re just having a big conversation”. I asked what they might be talking about – he said “I think they’re talking about frogs and buildings.”

I asked later why this would be – he said “Because geese like to eat frogs, but not buildings. Not so much.”

(Hope you got the headline by the way – I thought of it as soon as Toby said it, and was thinking about the songs for the rest of the day)


Friday, March 16th, 2007

Just found this great video on pharyngula – UK comedian Robin Ince describes fairly succinctly the history of creationist “thought” – it’s worth watching if you enjoy an exhasperating laugh: