Tragic Onion horoscope: “Although circumstances will force you to take a menial job requiring a nametag, it will not lead to anyone knowing your name” and good Pope slideshow.
“Spain’s lower house of parliament has approved the right of homosexual couples to marry and adopt children.
The government-backed bill now passes to the Senate, where it is expected to get final approval in the coming weeks.” (BBC)
“Pope Benedict XVI has responded firmly to the first challenge of his papacy by condemning a Spanish government bill allowing marriage between homosexuals.”
“Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers, new research has claimed.” (BBC)
I went to a conference yesterday, and someone mentioned a website full of archived net.art. I used to be really into net.art, so it was a big nostalgia trip for me. Well worth checking some of classic sites like jodi.org and superbad out, whether you saw them the first time around or not.
Too cute: transported with joy
Historic occasion yesterday.
I went to the gym for the first time in months, and Neighbours was on! Oh, and the new Pope was announced.
Archbishop Tutu put it well: “We would have hoped for someone more open to the more recent developments in the world, the whole question of the ministry of women and a more reasonable position with regards to condoms and HIV/Aids”. (BBC)
Not to mention someone who wasn’t homophobic.
Still, the new guy is old so hopefully he’ll die soon.
Interesting article on Catalhoyuk.
I finished Shirley Hazzard’s Transit of Venus last night – absolutely loved it, and will read it again soon – and did a quick google to see what others thought.
Apart from reading an Amazon reviewer that made me want to read more of their reviews for the first time, I loved the review from the woman who sniffs, “it’s no Jane Austin”. Jane Austin? No, I guess it’s not.
“A man has been sentenced to nine years in jail by a Virginia judge for sending millions of junk emails, or “spamming”.” (BBC)
“Stone-age figurines depicting what could be the oldest pornographic scene in the world have been unearthed in Germany.
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the 7,200-year-old remnants of a man having intercourse with a woman.” (Guardian)
The best bit? They’ve given the figurine of a man the name “Adonis von Zschernitz”.