Cougar Night Out by Jack Murnighan
Just going to bring this one to the fore. As a twenty-something Canadian male, I can't claim any experience with the older set. It's probably because "cougars" are in the age group of the vast majority of my co-workers: women in their late 30s or early 40s. So I guess I equate dating a woman of that age with dating a co-worker (in a small workplace, no less).
George F. Will: “Saudi Arabia's regime may be changed by reverberations from action against Iraq, particularly if that action is seen to be the prelude to democratization.”
Another article arguing that a side-effect of regime change in Iraq will be regime change in Saudi Arabia, without stating whether this 'side-effect' is indeed an intended effect.
MidasMulligan: “(We didn't know what had happened after the first one, but after the second I knew immediately is not accidental - you know that distinct noise jet engines make when they open the throttle? That motherfucker actually opened it wide - in essence, floored it - in the last couple of seconds before it hit. Sorry about my language - still hard to even think about this).”
25 questions men want to ask women by Ted Kluck
Why no link? Stupid piece of crap, the URL changes every half hour or something. Well, the questions can be found here.
Every question here is on our minds. No, seriously.
I'd be more than satisfied if just #25 alone were answered.
[I thank Felix for the link]
Martin Amis swings at Stalin and hits his own best friend instead by Anne Applebaum
Christopher Hitchens is one of my favourite authors. Apparently his friend Martin Amis' book about Stalin is crap, which is the point of the above-linked article. Despite what Applebaum writes about Hitchens (and the disagreement I have with much of Hitchens' politics), it doesn't dissuade me from liking Hitchens' rhetorical flair and passionate nonconformity.
Guardian Unlimited: Off-Duty Bush Home on the Range
“''I'm able to clear my mind and it helps me put it all in perspective,'' Bush said as his pickup bumped across a field, country music playing on the radio. 'Problems don't go away when we're here, but you can see them in a different light.'”
George F. Will: <q cite="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1118-2002Aug9.html"">Unlike the NFL and the NBA, both of which adopted their basic economic arrangements after (and because of) the advent of television, baseball's economic model predates radio. And flight. And the internal combustion engine. Today, as when the National League was founded in 1879, locally generated revenues stay with the local owner.
Meg Hourihan: “Nielsen speaks on behalf of the users' wants, and points a finger at us developers for using these elements in non-standard ways. But the blame does not lie solely with developers. Many developers do not choose to make bad design decisions; they are forced to because of circumstances.”