July 15, 2011

Top presidents

So, I asked the Big Fella for his three favorite U.S. presidents. He's sixteen now and already knows a lot more about American political and economic history than I do, which makes having political conversations with him somewhat daunting.

Anyway, these are his picks:

1. Grover Cleveland
2. Calvin Coolidge
3. Warren G Harding

Not the kind of list you'd expect from your average teenager!

July 13, 2011

Religious freedom

Followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster rejoice!

From the Telegraph: Austria recognizes the right of a Pastafarian to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driving licence photo.

July 12, 2011

Pinker animated

An RSAnimate of Steven Pinker talking about some of the ideas in his book "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature".

Tuesday roundabout

At CIF: Omid Djalili on the plight of the Bahá'í in Iran.

At Harry's Place: Flaming Fairy on the UK's Equalities and Human Rights Commission's seeming preference for religious rights over gay rights.

According to calculations at Bad Astronomy, it's been a Neptunian year since the planet was discovered.

Did I miss Talk Like A Pirate Day? Ms Baroque was in bucaneering mode Saturday and Sunday.

And finally,

T-shirt of the day at Sense of Events.

July 11, 2011


When I saw this at xkcd, I knew a post about it at Language Log would soon follow.