• QotD: presence of presents

    Posted December 30 by Jack Yan

    QotD: what was your favourite gift from the holidays? There are too many to note—obviously Amanda’s comes in at number one because they were the most thought out, but I’ll keep that to myself. Instead, I will note that my cousin Wendy got me the following and gave them to me w...

  • QotD: ’Tis the season

    Posted December 29 by Liv

    QotD: How stressful do the holidays get for you?  I had a small Thanksgivingmas party a week before Christmas. It was stressful, because I had SO much work to get done for the house to be ready for guests. However, half the reason for the party was that I would "scurryfunge" (an old english wo...

  • The old man

    Posted December 23 by Jack Yan

    I regularly saw the old man, parked at the cemetery.    Almost every time I went up, he’d be there, his silver Hyundai with a personalized number plate parked. Come rain or come shine.    Who was he? Was he a widower visiting his wife?    Yesterday ...

  • If We Don't Leave This Town We Might Never Make it Out...

    Posted December 21 by Liv

    I loved this video, and I really love this song. Coming from a small religious community growing up, I identify with the need to find a moment to leave if you are ever going to make it out. 

  • Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web

    Posted December 21 by Jack Yan

    TV1 here aired Annie Goldson’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, a 2017 documentary film about the internet millionaire. I’m glad our state broadcaster has opted to air this, as there has been an awful lot of misinformation about Dotcom, especially when he got involved in politics in 2...

  • Other People's Poetry - “Persephone Lied” by spuffyduds (Livejournal)

    Posted December 14 by Liv

    The truth is, I was bored. My mother blissing ahead of me, rosebuds rising in her footsteps,And I skulking behind, thinking,Oh look. She walks in beauty.Again. Her power could boil rivers, if she chose.She doesn’t choose. She scattersHeliotrope behind her. And me, I’ve no powers. I ...

  • Facebook: do nothing, say nothing, even when people get killed

    Posted December 12 by Jack Yan

    And I thought my experiences with Facebook were negative, with all the bots and the malware. From The Guardian: Facebook has also faced significant criticism for its role in amplifying anti-Rohingya propaganda in Myanmar amid suspected ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.   ...

  • Jacinda Ardern, then and now

    Posted December 4 by Jack Yan

    One indication on how little religion impacts on our politics comes from this interview from Time, with our prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. She’s been PM for nearly two months, and in the public eye for some time before that, and this is the first time I’ve heard that she grew up Mormon....

  • Vivaldi bugs sorted

    Posted December 2 by Jack Yan

    Some of the folks at the Vivaldi forum stepped in and solved the issues I had in my previous post here.   I thought it was funny when one of them asked, ‘I suggested to change user agent for the cantonese.sheik.co.uk site, not for vivaldi.net, which is perfectly accessible from Vival...

  • Vivaldi bugs continue

    Posted November 27 by Jack Yan

    I’ve had to file some more bug reports for Vivaldi. At one point, this site was one that the browser could not handle properly. I couldn’t begin typing text in this main box as I did today (there has been an update in the interim), without either switching browsers (back to Firefox), or ...

  • Always look on the bright side of life

    Posted November 21 by Jack Yan

    Maybe it’s the years of communism, but people try to look on the bright side in the old country. From Noelle Mateer on Twitter.  

  • The timeline of River Song (right up to season 35)

    Posted November 18 by Jack Yan

    The BBC had made an official one of these for a DVD, but a Whovian has cleverly cut this with updated scenes: it’s the timeline of River Song. This won’t make any sense to those of you who don’t follow Doctor Who, but essentially the character is someone who travels through time, a...

  • Star Trek Continues comes to an end

    Posted November 15 by Jack Yan

    I was never a Trekkie—in fact, when watching the original Star Trek, I thought it was all a bit spooky as a kid. I did, however, rent the pilot to The Next Generation (it didn’t air here for years after it débuted in the US) and enjoyed it, but was never committed enough to follow...

  • Rape Joke - Patricia Lockwood

    Posted November 14 by Liv

    The rape joke is that you were 19 years old.   The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.   The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee.   Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly reflecting back itself, and grooming itself to look more like a rape joke. “Ahhh...

  • The majority

    Posted November 9 by Jack Yan

    Steve McQueen never thought of himself as an actor, but a ‘reactor’. There aren’t many Steve lines that one can quote, but here’s one from toward the end of his career, in An Enemy of the People. ‘It takes 50 years for the majority to be right, and then the major...

  • QotD: Unrequited

    Posted November 8 by Liv

    QotD: Have you ever talked yourself out of something you deep down really wanted to do? 

  • Arguing

    Posted November 7 by Jack Yan

    An excellent status update from some other site from my friend Mari. Here’s a game I used to play at home with my dad. I called it “just kill me” because I hated it so much.   As a child, and especially as a teenager, I had loads of opinions. On everything. Usually not v...

  • Caring

    Posted November 6 by Jack Yan

    I hope Debra (Ladywise here on Blogcozy) is OK. Anyone heard from her since August?   The good thing about blogging is that we can do it whenever we like. Actually, social media updates should be like that, too! There’s no rule to say that one must do them daily.   For me, ...