Slovenian Guest: Let me introduce The Moop, a self sustained portable safe space for the college student on the go, by the same people brought you The Bro, a brassiere for men!
A.B. Prosper: I’ve grown organic tomatoes and homegrown ones do taste better than hothouse ones. The taste difference is not an enormous margin and for the mass of people these days with fairly numb palates, they probably won’t care. Canadian hothouse tomatoes in particular are really good. And Grasspunk, I smell diatribe too. Most probably either a dislike for the “organic” culture, fear of higher prices or a subtle realization that there are way too many people to feed with...
Candide III: I have the impression that these industrial tomatoes taste like plastic on your table. Give me hand-picked organic, I’ll pay double any day.
Graham: The one in Arkansas is really going to confuse 31st century archaeologists trying to reconstruct the history of pre-collapse America. Or it’s going to wildly alter their perspective of the even more ancient pre-contact Americas. One or the other. I’d be curious if this endeavour will offer me any hints as to how so many castles were constructed on terrifying precipices and ocean cliff-sides. I’d hate to have to build them with modern equipment. I’d assume that the builders...
Graham: a love song to a person, a love song to a country, a love song to all that is swept up in the phrase “way of life” Thanks for that line — an evocative way of putting it. This is of course also what the Nazis claimed to be fighting for in their own propaganda, films, and music. The Wehrmacht, at least, kept up traditional pre-Nazi — or at least period but non-Nazi — marching songs, as well, many of which were about the natural wonders of Germany, its girls in particular. Or which...
Graham: The desert is an ocean in which no oar is dipped. The insight is not new. But Slovenian Guest and Dan Kurt raise the key question- if this is the ISIS method, why is it so difficult to kill them? One leaps immediately to questions of effort and motivation on the coalition side.
Graham: Weren’t the Islamic corsairs also sponsored by Islamic emirs, latterly by Ottoman walis and pashas?
AAB: There was a BBC documentary a while ago about what it would be like to build Guédelon castle. It was hosted by a group of archaeologists who made several documentaries for the BBC about what it would be like to live and work on a farm in particular historical era in England: Tales From the Green Valley (Tudor England, 1600s). Tudor Monastery Farm (1600s): Victorian Farm (1800s). Edwardian Farm (Early 1900s):
Visiting Observer: It’s just vulgarity taking something nice and trying to turn it nasty. Big big yawn. On a more positive note, interesting comment by David Foster.
David Foster: Captain von Trapp was a real person, although the portrayal of his personality in ‘The Sound of Music’ was apparently not too accurate. He wrote an interesting memoir of his service as a WWI Austrian submarine commander, which I reviewed here: http://chicagoboyz.net/a rchives/43171.html