4 October 2011


Who is this person named Tony Baloney? Why is his facial expression so stony? Is he really a cop, or is he a phony? Does he ride a police horse, or is it a pony? Who is this person named Tony Baloney? What do we know about Tony Baloney? He’s not all that fat, but he’s not all that bony. Is his TV a Samsung, or maybe a Sony? Does he like a plain hot dog, or favor a Coney? ... Read more

28 September 2011

Movie review: Insomnia / Insomnia

I don’t often watch movies back-to-back with the American remakes. However, I failed to see Insomnia in its original Norwegian incarnation, and since the US version was directed by Christopher Nolan (who had previously directed the excellent Memento), I decided to watch both versions in one week. Both are good movies. If you hate subtitles, feel free to watch the remake; it’s a perfectly good adaptation, taking into account Hollywood’s sensibilities–which I shall now proceed to discuss, with the aid of copious spoilers, so you have been warned. ... Read more

24 September 2011

Can we have some sanity on the inhaler story please?

Right now, the US press is full of stories about how asthma sufferers are going to be bankrupted because Barack Obama’s EPA has banned cheap asthma inhalers containing CFCs, in order to benefit big pharma. Being asthmatic, I happen to know something about this subject. First off, the OTC inhalers which are no longer going to be available are pure epinephrine inhalers. Doctors in most countries don’t even prescribe those any more; they prefer other drugs, the most common of which is salbutamol or albuterol, sold under the famous brand name Ventolin. ... Read more

17 September 2011

Quick quiz: Texenza

Texenza is: A “natural male enhancement” pill for cowboys. The stage name of a Houston stripper. A credenza with long horns decorating the sides. A chain of Austin coffee shops. All of the above.

15 September 2011


The new PS3 software update includes a change to the Terms of Service. The new agreement states that you waive the right to ever sue Sony in a class-action lawsuit, then says: RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER WITHIN 30 DAYS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN THIS SECTION 15, YOU MUST NOTIFY SNEI IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT. ... Read more

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