At Holy Web!, a video by Anthony Powell:
Courtesy of The Telegraph, a tour de force in evocative writing. I reprint only the opening salvo.
Dear Mr Branson
REF: Mumbai to Heathrow 7th December 2008
I love the Virgin brand, I really do which is why I continue to use it despite a series of unfortunate incidents over the last few years.
Here’s the original (now replaced) cover to the latest issue of MaxPlanckForschung, the flagship journal of the Max Planck Institute:
As MPF later explained,
The cover of the most recent German-language edition of MaxPlanckForschung (3/2008) depicts a Chinese text which had been chosen by our editorial office in order to symbolically illustrate the magazine’s focus on "China". …
Prior to publication, the editorial office had consulted a German sinologist for a translation of the relevant text. The sinologist concluded that the text in question depicted classical Chinese characters in a non-controversial context. To our sincere regret, however, it has now emerged that the text contains deeper levels of meaning, which are not immediately accessible to a non-native speaker.
Contracts are a lot like a foreign language. There’s a whole body of interpretation — i.e. case law — of which non-lawyers are generally unaware. There are also numerous known unknowns and unknown unknowns with regard to the interpretation of a specific contract in a given factual scenario. That is, there are times when an MBA who has done a lot of contracts will, like a German sinologist, not suffice.
Language Log has a long explanation of the deeper meaning here. I’ve posted their rough translation below the fold.…
More than a dozen reasons, at science fiction site io9. An example:
Making History by Stephen Fry: A history student and a physics professor manage to send a permanent male contraceptive pill back in time where Hitler’s father will consume it, ensuring Hitler will never be born. But without Hitler, the Nazi party is
WASHINGTON—In a landmark decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled to uphold the Bill of Rights, the very tenets upon which American society is based. "After carefully considering the relevance of the 10 inviolable rights that comprise the ideological foundation on which our nation is built, the court
The Associated Press has picked up the dispute between Paul Rosen, who wants to paint a mural on a parking lot near Rittenhouse Square, and his neighbors, who apparently believe public art is beneath them. The dispute was covered in depth last month by Philadelphia Magazine.
The mural has been designed by…
Is this really something he wants to admit?
Last week, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) squared off in a debate with Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford. But on Lunsford’s podium a GOP operative had placed a small voice recorder, presumably to pick up some off-mic comments Lunsford might make — apparently a violation of the debate…
Citypaper has a bunch of pictures inside Butcher & Singer, where Striped Bass used to be.
"megan" in the comments there writes:
nice tablecloths. way to take the most beautiful restaurant space in the city and turn it into a low end capital grille.
Indeed. What’s with the dogs-at-a-bar backdrop?
BS opens the Monday after
I thought I recognized that quote…
In her closing statement last night, Palin relied on a pleasant sounding quote from Reagan:
"It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and