Monthly Archives: August 2013

Carolingian Minuscule and Modern Writing

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In the 8th century, Charlemagne, the ruler of the Carolingian empire, had a problem on his hands. Over the centuries, scribes had made so many mistakes when copying the Bible and other texts of the Church fathers … Continue reading

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Documentary Recommendations

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I haven’t had much time to blog lately. Real life has kind of taken a dump on my internet profile. But I have managed to catch a few nice documentaries on Netflix Instant. Thought I’d pass … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Day

Paleo Retiree writes: A refreshing and elegant John Collins, enjoyed at this terrific retro-style steakhouse on the California coast. A John Collins is a Tom Collins, basically, only made with bourbon in place of the usual gin. Our meal was … Continue reading

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In-Charge Women and Slumping Men

Paleo Retiree writes: Here’s a little scene I witnessed the other day at an airport: There’s much to be remarked on in this photo where current relations between the sexes go. As for the woman: her attitude of wide-awake in-chargeness: … Continue reading

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The Monopoly is Over

epiminondas writes: The barriers to entry just got dynamited.  And the tremors are going to be felt everywhere.

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Liberals in Hell

epiminondas writes: You have to admire the sheer chutzpah of Bay Area liberals who continue to parade their PC credentials in the face of overwhelming reality. I have no doubt these brave fools would raise a huge stink if it were … Continue reading

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“Starship Troopers 3: Marauder”

Paleo Retiree writes: Scrappy sequel to the brilliant Paul Verhoeven picture, directed this time by the first film’s screenwriter, Ed Neumeier. The movie was made on one-tenth the budget of the original and was shot in only 28 days, and … Continue reading

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“Jane Eyre”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: When was the last time you read a romance novel? Yeah, I can’t say it’s a genre I sample much either. But I was talking to Paleo Retiree once at our weekly cultural salons (comparing and contrasting … Continue reading

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The Hundred Years’ War, Taxes, and the Modern State

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Hundred Years’ War (waged from 1337 to 1453, so it was actually 116 years long) was a series of conflicts between England and France over control of the French monarchy. The war actually had roots that went … Continue reading

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My Twitter with Andre

Fenster writes: I am getting old so I still go to the theater from time to time.  What do I find when I get there, in the audience?  Season ticket holders way older than I am, a sea of gray … Continue reading

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