Short sillies

* At last, I’ve found [“where GNER buys their coffee”:] though there’s nothing on that site about the importance of serving it tepid. I suppose that’s self-evident, when you click through.
* Band names that don’t quite make it: “And you shall know us by the trail of deodorant”
* W.H. Auden’s “recipe”:,,2020507,00.html for martini:

bq. He announced that he would be drinking martinis, and instructed me in his favourite recipe, which consisted of: 1 bottle gin, 1 lemon, sliced, 1 tray of ice cubes and, almost an afterthought, 1 capful of dry vermouth. That lasted him for the party, and he was ready for wine with dinner.

* “Serenity”: is almost good, and certainly worth watching. The idea of hillbillies in space is very nicely caught and there are some great lines and one great villain. But the plot had holes you could lose a galaxy in.
* (UPDATE) This moth’s truth in journalism award goes to the last sentence of “an article”: about testicle size versus brain size in bats. It says: %(sane)Editor’s note: A very explicit image of bat genitalia is available [“here.”:,+whereas+their+brains+are+only+1.70+percent.+The+males+in+some+bat+species+can+have+testes+that+are+up+to+8.5+percent+of+their+body+mass.+credit%3A+Mark+Bartosik”]% and if you click, that is exactly what you’ll find. In fact you may not have known that such images existed.

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5 Responses to Short sillies

  1. Bill Thompson says:

    Serenity is much improved by watching all of Firefly beforehand… happy to lend you DVD box set 🙂

  2. I’m not sure you get the nuances of the term “hillbilly.” It isn’t just a catch-all term for poor American Sourthern whites.

  3. acb says:

    Patrick, I was thinking of the whiskery guys with shotguns and tall hats who live in the mountains and never tire of shooting each other. There was something about the braggadocio of Jayne which made me think of the Hatfields and McCoys. I know that there are other forms of Southern aggression, though not, thank God, at first hand.

  4. acb says:

    Bill: that would be really kind.

  5. rr says:

    But do they perhaps think with their dicks?

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