Monthly Archives: December 2012

Resolute about resolutions: xkcd nails it (again)

Oh, the curse of a little self-knowledge (and I have very little indeed).

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“Cyanide and Happiness” in pungacious mood.

One of the rare Explosms that I can share with Mrs Towers without her giving me one of her disapproving death-stares… Oh, and btw; Insular cortex Temporal lobe Dopamine Amygdala Broca’s Area Wernicke’s Area Sucker punch oh, and Puns and … Continue reading

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Foofighters – “Walk” – that’s pretty damn good, imho

The video is fun, but the lyrics can be, if you want, far darker…

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Neologism needed : “Mansplaining” for the “rescue prostitutes” industry. My effort is “knoblesse oblige”

So, “mansplaining” is, according to urban dictionary “To explain in a patronizing manner, assuming total ignorance on the part of those listening. The mansplainer is often shocked and hurt when their mansplanation is not taken as absolute fact, criticized or … Continue reading

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Edward Luce, the new normal and the death of the 1980s

“It’s not just the fiscal cliff – there’s a whole series of crises coming” – so (sort of) said Edward Luce, the FT’s man in Washington when being interviewed by some BBC radio hack yesterday. He had a deliciously mixed … Continue reading

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The past is always knocking incessant, trying to break through into the present*

The retellings – the relentless revisions the ratcheted raconteuring – ramify. Wrangling, angling for reasons, rationales reaching for redemption re-assembly, relief. We rectify randomness, right wrongs Even if only in our own skins. Paris/Manchester December 2012 * The title is … Continue reading

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Movement-building: Insulin and unlocking energy

Not quite sure this metaphor* is going to be much use to anyone but myself, but here goes nuffink. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas. It helps sugar in the blood get into the body’s cells, where the … Continue reading

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Glasgowsexworker pwns a “choice” idiot

Apparently there is some sort of dreadful “consultation” document knocking around about Scottish sex workers (regulation, decriminalisation? I dunno*). Glaswgowsexworker, who subscribes to Dwight Towers, has absolutely owned the author of this document. The whole long response, all of it, … Continue reading

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IQ tests in “not much use” shocker

For 25 years I have been following the continuing and often tawdry saga of misplaced concreteness that is “IQ” testing. Every so often some big meta-study like this one below (reported by Medical News Today) tells you what is actually … Continue reading

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Things to pack next time I travel

A compass (literal, as well as moral) Maps of the cities in question Lots of pens Reservations for hostels/hotels (thou shalt not gamble on favours) Pre-knowledge of exhibitions/galleries etc Full addresses of people to whom I want to send postcards … Continue reading

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