January 14, 2004


• Chuck Simmins asks: "Is it just me, or is it at all odd that two Chinese guys are using lasers to slice cheese in Wisconsin?"

• Missed by me earlier, due to email overload: Darren Kaplan’s refutation of the "we helped create Saddam" myth.

• Marty K. previews next month’s Queensland elections.

• You want your deeply thoughtful intellectual blog portrait? Mîchĺel Bérubé has got you covered.

• Media graduate Ryan Boots aims to become a blog-funded Rush Limbaugh. Without the truckloads of prescription painkillers.

• Jan Haugland reviews Professor Jeffrey Record’s press-friendly anti-war study.

• Southerly Buster claims that Niue could become the first nation "extinguished by global warming". Let’s hope the cute dinosaurs are all safe.

• For a fine starting point on the Paul O’Neill/Ron Susskind 60 Minutes oil fiasco, check out Powerline.

• Prepare to be judged! It’s Blogger Idol.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 14, 2004 11:19 PM

As a commenter on Rantbug says:

There's a lesson in this for al Qaeda: Do you really want pick a fight with a country that can afford to spend millions of research dollars perfecting the cheese-slicing laser?

Posted by: Ernie G at January 15, 2004 at 01:27 AM

I went to the Michael Berube website because I had a crush on a girl named Marlene Berube in middle school. I thought maybe he might be related to her, but it was not to be. Also, she didn't have those pretentious accent marks when she spelled her name, so I'm sure they aren't related. She was more down to earth than that.

Posted by: Ken J at January 15, 2004 at 05:05 AM

Apparently global warming causes the seas to rise more around third-world counties than it does around first-world ones. I don't know how that stinking George Bush pulled it off, but a curse on his moustache!

Posted by: Amos at January 15, 2004 at 09:22 AM

Wow. Before the advent of Evil Western Technology there were no hurricanes* in the South Pacific.

*Yeah, I know. Cyclones, Typhoons, Big-ass Storms.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 15, 2004 at 11:10 AM

Chuck Simmins asks: "Is it just me, or is it at all odd that two Chinese guys are using lasers to slice cheese in Wisconsin?"

Actually, one's Chinese and the other's Korean. I'll leave you to guess which is which.* (Same difference, I know).

* Clue: Romanizations of Korean names don't use z's and x's

Posted by: Zhang Fei at January 16, 2004 at 09:58 AM

So we're making fun of French-Canadian names now, are we. And posting thoughtful, incisive commentary about a picture my wife took one evening when I was sitting around the house. Really impressive stuff! Much snarkier than Lileks-- more sober than Steyn! Keep up the good work. . . .

And what if I told Ken J that Marlene is indeed my sister, and that if he looks at her that way again he'll be very sorry he did?

Posted by: Michŕel Berübe at January 19, 2004 at 03:47 AM