Archive for April, 2013

2013 LIONS SQUAD bound for oz

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Full-backs: Leigh Halfpenny (Wal), Stuart Hogg (Scot), Rob Kearney (Ire)
Wings: Tommy Bowe (Ire), Alex Cuthbert (Wal), George North (Wal), Sean Maitland (Sco)
Centres: Jonathan Davies (Wal), Brian O’Driscoll (Ire), Jamie Roberts (Wal), Manu Tuilagi (Eng)
Fly-halves: Owen Farrell (Eng), Jonathan Sexton (Ire)
Scrum-halves: Mike Phillips (Wal), Conor Murray (Ire), Ben Youngs (Eng)
Props: Cian Healy (Ire), Gethin Jenkins (Wal), Adam Jones (Wal), Dan Cole (Eng), Matt Stevens (Eng), Mako Vunipola (Eng)
Hookers: Richard Hibbard (Wal), Tom Youngs (Eng). Dylan Hartley (Eng)
Locks: Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), Paul O’Connell (Ire), Richie Gray (Scot), Ian Evans (Wal), Geoff Parling (Eng)
Flankers: Dan Lydiate (Wal), Sean O’Brien (Ire), Sam Warburton (Wal), Tom Croft (Eng), Justin Tipuric (Wal)
No8s: Jamie Heaslip (Irel), Toby Faletau (Wal).
Sat 1 Jun: v Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium
Wed 5 Jun: v Western Force at Patersons Stadium
Sat 8 Jun: v Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium
Tue 11 Jun: v Comb NSW-Qld Country at Hunter Stadium
Sat 15 Jun: v NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium
Tue 18 Jun: v ACT Brumbies at Canberra Stadium
Sat 22 Jun: v Australia at Suncorp Stadium
Tue 25 Jun:v Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park
Sat 29 Jun: v Australia at Etihad Stadium
Sat 6 Jul :v Australia at ANZ Stadium



With time ticking down until Google (s GOOG) Reader’s demise, competing RSS services are trying to perfect products that will lure in former Reader users. Digg, which is working on a Google Reader replacement, and Feedly, whose product is already up, running and gaining popularity, both posted the results of surveys this week in which they asked current Google Reader users how they share content.

A theme that comes through in both surveys is that RSS users still often rely on email to share content. Of the 8,600 Google Reader users who responded to Digg’s most recent survey, nearly 80 percent say they share news via email.

digg email sharing

That’s not particularly surprising since Google Reader got rid of many of its social features in 2011 and no longer allows for easy posting to Facebook (s FB) or Twitter, while there is still a Google Reader keyboard shortcut…

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CBS New York

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Since the Jason Collins story broke, America has split into the “Now what?” and “So what?” crowds.

Thankfully, most have fallen into the former. The New York Times recently ran the following headline regarding Brittney Griner: “Griner Comes Out, and the Sports World Shrugs.”


This is a non-starter. But we can’t anticipate the aggregate weight of political correctness, or the media’s need to build or bash someone based on superficial data.

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Only you can decide which irritates you more — the ignorance of homophobia or those who are breaking their duplicitous backs pretending that they never cracked a gay joke in 1985. (Remember those Eddie Murphy routines you found so funny?)

If I hear one more person say, “I work with a gay man and I treat him just like anyone else…”


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The Compulsive Explainer

This was the discovery that made the modern world possible.

By modern world I mean the developed (and affluent) world of Northern Europe and North America – as contrasted with the undeveloped (and impoverished) world of Southern Europe and Latin America.

Before this discovery was made, it was assumed that the world was whatever we believed it was. The real world was whatever the human world was (including our religious beliefs). Then it dawned on us (gradually) that there might be a difference – the real world might be something entirely different.

It might have its own rules. And if we played by those rules we could be much bigger – because we were part of a much bigger world. This was the assumption of Science and even the related worlds of Technology and Industrialization. Neither of which happened in the South – which burned any such heretics at the…

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I Want a Handsome Butler

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yangsze Choo

I’ve been thinking very hard about my priorities, and have finally come to the conclusion that what I really, really want is a handsome butler.

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Life in Russia.

Victory Day, May 9th, is a day which commemorates the capitulation between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany after the German Army had invaded St. Petersburg (then known as Leningrad), leading to a fatal 872 day siege, which brought severe famine upon the city and claimed the lives of many.  As I watched the parade today, there was one young woman screaming “Спасибо!” (thank you) at the top of her lungs throughout the entire parade as the veterans made their way down Nevsky Prospekt.  Little children came with balloons and carnations and ran into the street to give them to the veterans as they passed by.  People everywhere were seen wearing the orange and black Ribbon of St. George, which became one of the Soviet symbols of military valor after victory had been achieved.

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