Know-vember: Lovely Dundee

We’re taking a brief detour from people to get to know a city: Dundee. I haven’t been to Scotland for decades! What a delight to return. And I had never been to Dundee, so it was all a pleasant surprise to me to get to know the land of McGonagall. The Tay gives the city…

Mandrake Anthrax

You know how you get a song stuck in your head? Usually some annoying bit of fluff that you wouldn’t really choose to hear, but maybe heard from some passing car or in a store while shopping, but it worms its way into your ear and persists. I get that with phrases, too, and it…

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a good weekend in Philadelphia — it was just annoying getting there and even more so, getting back. If you follow me on Twitter you got my irritated suggestions for new New Jersey state mottos (“New Jersey, it leaves a lot to be desired”) as I sat in the seemingly endless traffic jams…

BitchBuzz: Your Tweets are Under Surveillance

In the midst of news that Rupert “I outsourced Satan” Murdoch, who has done his best to undermine democracy here and human decency everywhere else, has been using drones to covertly spy upon Americans, I find that our own Department of Defence has decided to join the social media revolution. Does that officially make Twitter…

News & The Ongoing Madness

I don’t know what I fundamentally do not understand about the process but the yardsale, as many already heard on Facebook and Twitter, was pretty much a bust. I sold a few things but I ended up abandoning the cause and leaving folks to loot as much as they wanted for free. Not all of…

BitchBuzz: How to Cope with the Summer Heat

My column this week focuses on the horrible hot and humid weather we’re having in a less than serious fashion. Everyone on Twitter will recognise the various stages in composition yesterday (and thanks, Lucy for the penguin comment). The three years, eleven months, six days, twelve hours and fifteen minutes I spent in Houston all…

10 Things I Love

Tapped by my Twitter pal, Betty Herbert, here is a random list of 10 things that I unabashedly love. They are not in rank order and this might be a completely different list tomorrow. Anyway, it distracted me for a moment from the packing panic. 1. Peter Cook 2. Mark E Smith 3. Jane Austen…

Travel Twitterfeed

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Powerpoint is Evil

I used Tufte’s piece in my own PPT presentation, which as folks on Twitter know, has almost 80 slides. I’ve described it as being sort of like “The Word” on The Colbert Report. Will this work? Who knows. Still tweaking. But I printed my boarding passes. If you’re on Facebook, I’m now having a contest…

Ciao, Bella!

UPDATE: read my review of the Winter’s Bone soundtrack over at Night and Day, the Spectator’s Arts blog. Yes, I am off to Rome today assuming all goes well. I have my boarding passes printed and surely I will be all packed and ready (!). I am not taking a computer with me (gasp!) except…