Ally has a confession to make. Yes, another one.
Eric Crampton criticises recent media coverage of Bjorn Lomborg and extols the benefits to New Zealand of green R&D.
Joe Hildebrand frets about euthanasia (“I’ve seen the way my mother looks at me”).
This seems not to be a joke: there is a fragrance you can buy if you want to smell like a library (not a school library, obviously):
In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish. The main note in this scent was copied from one of my favorite novels originally published in 1927. I happened to find a signed first edition in pristine condition many years ago in London. I was more than a little excited because there were only ever a hundred of these in the first place. It had a marvelous warm woody slightly sweet smell and I set about immediately to bottle it.
Jane Austen’s manuscripts online.
Finally, Matthew Dentith on the conspiracy theories about the Christchurch earthquake. These guys (and gals – let’s not forget Clare Swinney) sure have a problem with teleology.
Today’s viewing: REM’s “Losing My Religion”, as performed by a man with Tourette Syndrome which, as he describes it, is clearly a horrible affliction, just exhausting. So this clip shouldn’t be funny. . . but it is. “That was just a fucking dream” etc.