Monthly Archives: February 2013

Blowing Up the Fantasy Bubble: A Review of Kirk Hammett’s “Too Much Horror Business” (and More)

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of the best gifts I received this past Christmas: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s book covering his extensive horror collection. It’s called “Too Much Horror Business” (after a song by New Jersey punk band The Misfits), … Continue reading

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. . . And I Graduated from the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology

Fenster writes: I saw a picture recently of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology and fondly recalled the time I spent getting a graduate degree there.  It is a lovely modernist conception, too.  Take a look. No wait, … Continue reading

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Simon Dixon on Banking

Paleo Retiree writes: I don’t know about Simon Dixon’s proposed solutions to our banking problems, but his analyses and descriptions of how things work and what’s wrong with them strike me as awfully helpful. Related, related, related.

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I Graduated From a Monkey Prison

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In 1972, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the fourth installment in the series, was released. When the film begins, humans have enslaved the apes but eventually the apes rise up in revolution against their oppressors. There … Continue reading

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Yakking with HBDChick

Paleo Retiree writes: Enjoy a wonderful interview (by occasional UR visitor Chip Smith) with the thoughtful, original and (it seems to me) very level-headed HBDchick. Essential quote: “Many people out there who believe themselves to be modern, secular individuals who naturally … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Paleocon John Derbyshire shows how non-conservative the current GOP is. Drone piloting — the next hot field. Gregory Cochran wonders if there’s anything at all to the notion of behavioral modernity. Bill Kauffman writes in praise of … Continue reading

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Fenster writes: That species evolve in a dynamic relationship with niche does not mean that the process is ever perfect.  So we should be careful about assuming a perfect fit, even in the paleo world where the species has spent … Continue reading

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Ben Franklin’s Eight Reasons for Dating Cougars

Enzo Nakamura writes: This sequence, from the newish video game, ASSASSIN’S CREED III, left me agape. At least we’re using technology to bring our forefather’s insights to the youth of today.

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“Silver Linings Playbook”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In The Big Picture, screenwriter William Goldman says that when it comes to voting for Best Actor or Actress at the Oscars, he never chooses those who who are playing “drunks or retards.” “Actors kill for those parts,” he … Continue reading

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Don’t Call It A Comeback. Now, Let’s Talk Girls

Enzo Nakamura writes: After months and months of lurking–and enjoying–I’ve decided to get back in the game. I’ve had a nasty case of contributors block. I’ll keep it short. My recent pop music crushes are unconventional. Oakland’s Kreayshawn (Natassia Zolot) … Continue reading

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