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Monju: The Bad Sleep Well

It is remarkable how much the story of the cover-up of the events that occurred after the failure of the Monju nuclear reactor reminds me of the plot of Kurosawa’s “The Bad Sleep Well.” The verisimiltude hereby given to Kurosawa’s tale implies something about the Japanese. That said, the video, which can be seen at […]

Lithuania Considers Changing Its Name

The nation of Lithuania is considering changing its name I have not seen many better examples lately of a proposal to make a costly change that will ultimately prove irrelevant. It will do Lithuania no good to be named differently if most Americans cannot locate it or its neighbors, such as Estonia or Latvia, on […]

Analogies and Reasoning Subtest

Determine the value of X in the analogy below: Thulsa Doom : L. Ron Hubbard :: X : Tom Cruise

Bug Still Present in iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware

The bug I complained about on January 12, 2008 is still present in the recently updated iPhone firmware, version 1.1.3. Perhaps 1.1.4 will solve the problem.

Endless Hitherandthithering

He was continuously surprised anew by her endless hitherandthithering; moreso because he was never certain whither she went. He was not even certain that there was a definite direction — that it was not movement for movement’s sake he was watching.

The Aeolus Delusion

Today’s weather suggests that I may have offended Poseidon recently.

One Short Sleep Past

As our bodies, exhausted after much travail, must rest, so too may love, compassion or forgiveness need to sleep when they have been too much taxed. But that does not mean that they will not awake again.

One Thing Thou(gh)?

Of all the shortened spellings currently popular, I think the most problematic is the use of “thou” as an alternative for “though”. I am genuinely confused by this at times when I find that I cannot parse a sentence using the assumption that “thou” means “you”.

Towards a Cartesian Legal Language

Accordingly, it is possbile to construct the pump housing in such a manner that, in addition to the said at least approximately radial outlet, it […]1 The above-quoted passage shows with eminent clarity the point at which the use of the word “said” to clarify the referrent of an expression overextends itself in the English […]