August 26, 2011

August 25, 2011

The Message of Most Environmental Literature, Really

More fun with Information Is Beautiful (mouseover for punchline):

August 19, 2011

August 12, 2011

Is It "Hanging Out With Comedians All The Time While Occasionally Trashing Them For No Good Reason"?

On the radio this morning:
"Improvisation is rubbish. It's what you do when you're too lazy to write a script... Usually it's just someone and his girlfriend, and she can't improvise herself out of a paper bag... It's all just brain games... There's a term for something you do to make yourself feel good, and it's not improvisation."
Really, preeminent Fringe comedy critic Kate Copstick? Really? You're going to categorically dismiss an entire genre of comedy?

Tell you what: I will personally buy you a ticket to Showstopper, and then to Paul Merton's Impro Chums, and then I will even draft your apologetic retraction.

August 09, 2011

Gratuitous Qualifier of the Year Award

Spotted in today's Metro:



Yes, I imagine these white girls were on their way to church or chess club or the Brownies or something. Is that a BlackBerry in her hand? I'm sure she's only using it to update the police on where the rioters are going next.

Meanwhile, from the New York Times:
The postponements offered a dramatic reminder of the pressures on Mr. Cameron and his colleagues to guarantee a peaceful environment for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
I believe they were also a dramatic reminder of HOW FUCKING AWFUL HIS STUPID AUSTERITY CUTS ARE! The OLYMPICS? Are you KIDDING me? ("Gosh, Tarquin, do you think my fencing tickets will still be valid after all this?") PERSPECTIVE, people!
Mr. Cameron, standing outside his office and residence at 10 Downing Street, said lawmakers would be called back from their summer recess for one day on Thursday to enable Parliament to assess the situation.
And I suspect most of that day will be spent trying to work out why all the rioters aren't also at their villas in Tuscany this month.

N.B. I have little sympathy for violence. But I have less sympathy for the people who think this entire thing is completely uncalled for, impossible to understand or justify, motivated by spite and/or stupidity, etc. If you ask me, the question everyone not rioting should be asking is: "If I, as a rational human being, feel like I would never be driven to act this way, what must life be like for these other rational human beings that they have?"

That, and: "Do you think my fencing tickets will still be valid after all this?"

August 05, 2011

Conversations With Greatness...

...is once again on its two-week Fringe hiatus. It will return on August 19th.

In the meantime, I'm editing the new Underbelly blog, which you can find here. Please share, follow, tweet, tumbl, like, stumbleupon, digg, reddit—and, if you have any time left, maybe read a little, too.