Posts filed under Effluvia and Ephemera

Fertility Cult

Not just better food — there was also a single room and air conditioning involved. In any case, I am totally on Yuan Yuan’s side here. If a bunch of apes are going to lock you in a cage so they can gawk at you and try and breed you so that they can gawk at all your children, too, then you may as well do your best to exploit their weird fetishes and fertility cults at every opportunity and get whatever you can from it.

Well played, ma’am.

Shared Article from The Huffington Post

Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy To Get Better Food

Keepers at the Taipei Zoo were excited. Resident giant panda Yuan Yuan was exhibiting signs of pregnancy -- an all-too-elusive event among captive pan…

Dominique Mosbergen @ huffingtonpost.com


I was me but now he’s gone.

This arrived the other day on my news feeds:

A new study finds 1980s heavy metal fans have matured into responsible adults.

–Tom Jacobs, The Metalhead Kids Are Alright
Pacific Standard (July 7, 2015)

Fade to black, it’s over. Heavy metal has utterly failed.

Shared Article from psmag.com

The Metalhead Kids Are Alright

Researchers find that former metal fans “were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently” compared to their peers who preferred other musical genres, and to a parallel group of current college students.

Tom Jacobs @ Pacific Standard


How to Save Money On Books

Just buy these two. The Law of Excluded Middle proves, apriori, you won’t need any others:

Here's a phot of two books.

1. Philip Delves Broughton, What They Teach You at Harvard Business School. 2. Mark H. McCormack, What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School (subtitled: Notes from a Street-Smart Executive).

Tertium non datur.

(Via Anna O. Morgenstern.)

Shameless Self-promotion Sunday

Well, it’s a beautiful autumn Sunday in the South. You know what that means: time to get Shameless. You know what to do: What have you been up to lately? Got anything big coming up? Anything you’ve been working on? Write anything? Leave a link and a short description for your post in the comments. Or fire away about anything else you might want to talk about.

Shameless Self-promotion Sunday

Happy Sunday, y’all. Let’s get Shameless. You know what to do: What have you been up to lately? Got anything big coming up? Anything you’ve been working on? Write anything? Leave a link and a short description for your post in the comments. Or fire away about anything else you might want to talk abou