SEETHING SEX BITS.
A friend provided me with this link to adult-rated pulp novels. Here are some rather mind-boggling excerpts. NOT SAFE FOR WORK! First up we have Young and Willing by John Coles. No date given, but I’d guess that it’s an early 70s from the style of the cover. In this excerpt, our heroine has just had vigorous sex with a married man, and now she’s on the phone to her…...
Beowulf sock pattern - Boing Boing →
Twenty Four Hour View of the Sky - Earth Science... →
Holy crap, this is amazing. And what a labour of love!
puzzled & a morsel frightened; →
Words losing meaning. Hat tip to Sean for the link.
ZEUGMA (word of the day)
AKA: the latest in the list of terms I didn’t know before I started this job. (It’s been a while since my vocabulary, which I like to think is reasonably extensive, got an upgrade, so this is pretty cool.) zeugma, n. Pronunciation: /ˈzjuːgmə/ Etymology: modern Latin, < Greek ζεῦγμα a yoking, < ζευγνύναι to yoke, related to ζυγόνyoke n.1 A figure by which a single...
Historical thesaurus →
SO BEAUTIFUL. The Historical Thesaurus is a taxonomic classification of the majority of senses and lemmas in OED Online. It can be thought of as a kind of semantic index to the contents of the OED. The Historical Thesaurus can be used in OED Online to navigate around the dictionary by topic, find related terms, and explore the lexical history of a concept or meaning.
Sea Captain Date →
100% cuts to domestic violence charities →
And I thought I couldn’t get any more angry today. What the everloving fuck. And if you think this is just Devon, I think you’ll be in for a nasty surprise. What the hell is happening to the UK?!
My Favorite Higher Ed Photo Cliches - mStoner -... →
I suggest we all recreate these. Ideally in obscene ways.
Journal of Universal Rejection →
The best place for that article you’ve been “working on” for the past six months.
He could personally recall several instances in which an all-male interview panel had “gone out of its way” to comment favourably on female applicants without necessarily going so far as to recommend their appointment. Targett also pointed out that female academics were “more likely” than their male colleagues to have a range of outside interests such as cooking and...
Josh Groban Sings Kanye's Tweets On Kimmel (VIDEO) →
Should a daughter be blamed for incest with her... →
The short answer to this article is: no. For fuck’s sake. The comments on this piece are stupid too. David Epstein, a 46-year old political science professor at Columbia University, has been charged with third-degree incest for allegedly having consensual sexual relations with his 24-year-old daughter. … If the allegations are true, that would apply to Epstein—and also to his...
What Super Mario has to teach us about medieval... →
This blog post is simultaneously adorkable and interesting. “Space” is one of those buzzwords that’s pretty trendy in Medieval Studies right now, but there’s a good reason for that - it’s a topic that can be approached in all sorts of ways, by scholars from all disciplines. This has a nerdy premise, but it actually raises some pretty useful questions about visual...
[somewhere in the sands...]
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand....
dare not speak its name →
A man who has empathy, imagination, patience,... →
The girl read his advertisement, and could not help throwing up a little in her mouth.
looking for an awesome wingmen to go score some... →
So I’m looking for a wingman, as cool as me. We would then go to cool clubs or bars, hunting for sweet ladies. Are YOU cool enough?
14's clearly a good age to choose the rest of your... →
I think vocational training is a GOOD thing. And not everyone is suited to further and higher education of the traditional sort. But I do think a broad education in a wide range of subjects in the formative years of one’s life is vital. GCSE English Literature might not be “useful” to a plumber in his job, but might it be life enriching? Yes. This government’s - and the...
From The Country of Marriage, Wendell Berry
Sometimes our life reminds me of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing and in that opening a house, an orchard and garden, comfortable shades, and flowers red and yellow in the sun, a pattern made in the light for the light to return to. The forest is mostly dark, its ways to be made anew day after day, the dark richer than the light and more blessed, provided we stay brave enough to...
Consider yerself at 'ome →
Small change spent, big changes meant →
The review that sparked the government’s transformation of higher education in England spent the “astonishingly low” sum of £68,000 on research - with nearly all of that going on an unpublished opinion survey of students and parents. Basically, our country’s educational future is worth only pocket change to our government. My carefully considered response to this news...
Michael Mao? →
What is this I don’t even. “While the Opposition has nothing to say on any policy, the Government has been responding to the economic and social crises we face with big and comprehensive programmes. And nowhere has that been more needed than in education, where I am happy to confess I’d like us to implement a cultural revolution just like the one they’ve had in China.” ...
Upcoming NewSouth 'Huck Finn' Eliminates the 'N'... →
I believe that Gribben and NewSouth chose to eliminate the word “nigger” (I’m not calling it the “n-word”; I think that is absurd and patronising) for good (as in well-meant) reasons; I think their motivations are compassionate. But I don’t think this is right. I think a child would feel more betrayed if they read this version and later learned that it had been...