January 5, 2004

The Tainted Source

A book review at A Fistful of Euros.


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January 6, 2004

The headscarf: Radical Islam's greatest secret weapon

My latest over at A Fistful of Euros.


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February 4, 2004

Jotted off quickly at AFOE

I don't suppose anybody's watching ARTE tonight?

I ran this off quick last night while watching the tube, but didn't think to link to it here.


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February 5, 2004

Book Review: "European Integration 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy?"

I finally finished that book review for AFOE, so go read it.

Next up: More on African history month here at Pedantry. (Coincidentally enough, February is Black History/African Heritage Month in the US.) Not only will I be blaming neoliberalism for the 17th century fall of Kongo, but I will claim that Kongo was a Swedish-style social democracy.

I'm only a week behind schedule on it, and hopefully this weekend I'll be able to manage it. Stay tuned.


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March 9, 2004

Some more on the politics of stupidity, or the stupidity of politics, or French stupidity, or something

I regret to say that this is an inconsistently updated blog and will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future. I have a lot of R&D to get out in the next three months, and I need some staff that I don't have time to train or a budget to hire. But, I want to pick up where I left off a couple weeks ago. And I will. Soon. A big chunk of the post is written, and the most irritating thing is that I can see a bunch of other people posting on related topics while I'm working on it.

Until then, the French anti-anti-intelligence movement (I'm tempted to call them anti-idiotarian, but the word's been taken) is taking to the streets in the traditional leftist way, and I've posted on it over at AFOE.



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April 8, 2004

Means and Ends

I have a piece of code doing a terminological analysis of a million words of text from air conditioning manuals this morning. Since my code is not running in linear time, this means I have a bit of free time at my terminal before the long weekend. So, I put a little something up on AFOE from the book I'm reading.


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April 16, 2004

Peace in our Time

I've got a new piece up on AFOE about this so-called truce offer from Osama bin Laden.


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April 20, 2004

A Francophone President in the White House?

A new piece up on A Fistful of Euros.


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May 28, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow: An Anti-Review

Roland Emmerich is the Anti-Tarantino. There is in this notion a Master's thesis in film theory for somebody, I'm sure of it. But it isn't going to be me, so I open it up to anyone who want to take the job on. These two men belong to the same generation, and both could be avatars of postmodern film-making. Having grown up on the genre films of the 70s, they are both in the business of making films which are only comprehensible to audiences who share those same cultural signifiers. Just as Tarantino's Kill Bill can only be understood and enjoyed in the light of a whole generation of martial arts movies and westerns, Roland Emmerich's latest work - The Day After Tomorrow - is indigestible without the Pepto-Bismal of a lifetime of disaster science fiction.

Read the rest of my review over at A Fistful of Euros.


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August 12, 2004

Sprach und Sommertheater - German spelling reform and linguistic ignorance

Germany, as I have learned via Taccuino di traduzione, is implementing a spelling reform and it seems this reform is facing resistance.

More over on A Fistful of Euros.


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August 25, 2004

Tariq Ramadan denied visa to teach at Notre Dame

Over at AFOE


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August 31, 2004

Daniel Pipes: Another good reason to learn French

I did a number on Daniel Pipes over at AFOE.


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November 9, 2004

The continuing partition of Berlin

I've got a piece on the Berlin Wall up on AFOE. I haven't been consistent in cross-posting, but since I haven't posted here in a few days, I thought I should point to this one.


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January 3, 2005

What I did on my Christmas Holiday in Spain

I can't claim I wasn't warned. I did know that Benidorm - and the rest of the Costa Blanca - is something of a joke in the Dutch speaking part of Europe. After a week there, I still haven't been in Spain. As far as I can tell, thanks to daily discount charter service between Sheffield and Alicante, the Costa Blanca is simply a warm, low-tax part of Yorkshire.

Over on A Fistful of Euros.


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September 9, 2005

Michaëlle Jean and CAP reform, or What I did on my summer vacation

Over at AFOE.


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June 15, 2006

American Dreamz: When satire doesn’t go far enough

I'm not a big World Cup watcher, so I went to see a movie this afternoon. I reviewed it over on AFOE.


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