Monthly Archives: May 2019

Fractured Column

As in many countries taxi drivers in Poland tend to be chatty… if you give them a chance, which I usually don’t. Most of the time I stare meaningfully out of the window and give short non-committal answers when they … Continue reading

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Eurovision 2019: Grand Prix du Randomocity

A bit late, but what the hell… Some final thoughts on Eurovision 2019. Grand Prix du Keeping the Lid On: I knew there would be no security lapses like the Portuguese slackers who let some mentally ill person disrupt the … Continue reading

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Eurovision 2019: We Need to Have a Little Talk..

Well, that was an ordeal.. the final was four! frickin’! hours! long! which was at least an hour too long. My proposals for the runtime dilemma –No more than 20 songs should be in the final (would people have rioted … Continue reading

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Eurovision 2019: My Heart Goes… Okay???

The second semi-final was…. better? more solid? more… competitive than the first?? Everybody is saying it was much stronger than the first and I guess that’s true but there wasn’t anything as ESC-ish as Australia in the first semi-final (my … Continue reading

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Eurovision 2019: Don’t You Break My Heart, Eurovision!

It’s Eurovision time, which would normally be a time of great joy, but I’m behind with some things (due to awkward holiday timing and procrastination). This year I started watching official videos about a month ago (not obsessively or anything … Continue reading

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Amorphous Aphorisms

Conservatives long for a past that never existed. Liberals long for a future that will never arrive. Neoliberals reimagine the past and throw away the future to feel better right! this! minute!  

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What I’ve Been Watching: Carried Badge Edition

I’ve never been able to watch more than bits and pieces of any of the NCIS or Law and Order or any of the other procedural dramas. The tech talk sounds as dumb as Star Trek technobabble and without any … Continue reading

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The Immigrophilia Mindset

One of the things that keeps surprising me is how much immigrophiles seem to regard immigration (by others not themselves) in almost religious terms. Despite the ongoing reports of the terrible things happening on the US Mexico border, from human … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Watching: Strange Superhero Edition

I’m old enough to remember reading (and liking) the original Doom Patrol comics in the 1960s and was pretty unenthusiastic about later incarnations so I was a little… concerned about turning them into a TV series. So far though, not … Continue reading

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May Holiday Marathon

This year Easter was relatively late for Roman Catholics which normally wouldn’t be interesting, but this year began a long surreal period because not much more than a week later began the May holiday marathon. May 1 (aka Święto Pracy) … Continue reading

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