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You know that game you're looking forward to, Glarg Quest or whatever? Is it made in China? Well yes, of course it is. But that's something to look out for.

I have several chips on my shoulder when it comes to China, where the novel coronavis is low on the list. This might be pie in the sky, but if consumers preferred to buy games that are not made in China, then publishers would make their games, source their parts, in places other than China. China is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, which I think of as a fascist regime. The country's rulers should be punished for their behaviour, for example the large-scale re-education camps in Xinjiang, and some questions should be asked far beyond China.


Severe damage was done to coral reefs when artificial islands were constucted in the Spratlys. Will anyone be held responsible for that?





loon vs. bald eagle


puma vs. sloth

Who would win?



domesticated fowl


Language and Culture


black card

sounds like the name of a game


Food and Drink (mostly drink)




I want to make gin gin again, tinkering with 2/3 ginseng drink and 1/3 ginger beer rather than half and half. It's no coincidence I'm thinking of these things at the same time that I'm going on long walks in the sun. I went on a huge - I figure 10 k - walk (from a haircut) to the Chinese supermarket then home. Alas, they didn't have ginseng drink, the reason I went there.

I would have a solution, Solution A, but that was just by itself, no problem to solve. I guess .. I should do that solution. Doing Solution A created a problem, Problem B. Problem B had a solution, which was Solution A.

Should I go and buy drinks? That's something I would ask myself. I guess so. I would go on big walks, hitting two or three ethnic stores, then dragging plastic bags full of drinks around town, possibly in summer. That was exhausting, and I would love to get into some nice drinks. Alas, that's exactly what I had when I got home.

Guarana Antarctica (which Brazilians would pronounce GUArana Antarchica) is not available, so no Steve Mix (equal GA, aloe juice and water) for now, even though it would go down nicely. Aloe seems like it should be mixed with something.

Mo mauby fuh me. Maybe.


Made from the bitter bark of the mauby tree. De bitta de betta.



I look forward to making small popsicles with exotic non-alcoholic drinks again. I still need proper equipment. Last summer I winged it, just like in the picture (not mine). I had variety. When I tried it last time I had various drinks, like pennywort. Nothing was bad, but the two standouts were coconut juice and, even better, ginger beer.

gelatinous cube

as in Dungeons and Dragons


Military / History


1000 AD - A Tour of Europe

A one-hour confusing tour of the various peoples of Europe and their situations at the turn of the millenium. Nice production.

People thought something special was going to happen during the year 1000 A.D. (Anno Domini). Reminds me of the work I did on the Year 2000 bug.

I'm a little hazy on this, but the Kievan Rus are a mix of Slavs and Scandinavians, or Vikings if you prefer. The word Rus comes from the latter.

Maybe we should refer to Byzantium as The Eastern Roman Empire.

Beware of Magyars.

Turkey did not contain Turks. The Turks started moving into Anatolia - out of the geographic scope of this video - in 1016.


The Turks Enter Anatolia (1016-1071)

What are Turks?


Turkish People

are confusing


One Southeast Asian country has an aircraft carrier. Which country is that?





fée ondine

YouTube video

The Jewellery Editor

Van Cleef & Arpels

goes into how it was made

World Tempus

a 20-second video


Music, film, television


The Murmaids - Popsicles and Icicles




It's funny how in life things rise and fall. Drive-in movie theatres rose, then fell. Now they're rising again.
  Drive In (1976)

A lot more than a movie there. Photos from its a mad blog


There were a suprising number of iconic movies made during the 1980s that have made a mark on popular culture. Ghostbusters just keeps echoing through popular culture (I was around when it came out; it wasn't that big a deal). Ditto for Back to the Future. It's fun to speculate why that made such a mark. Lucas and Spielberg had projects including Star Wars sequels, Indiana Jones and E.T. Poltergeist. Aliens, Blade Runner, more science fiction. Predator has echoed through pop culture for some reason. Spaceballs. Top Gun. Princess Bride. Tootsie. The Karate Kid. Big. The Untouchables. Caddyshack was 1980. Tim Burton, at his height, made Beetlejuice and Pee Wee Herman, also Batman (1989). That was the golden age of teen movies, with films including The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes. There was a golden age of a number of horror movies. The Shining, The Thing and American Werewolf in London. Some Henson projects, The Dark Crystal. One or two dancing films. Splash. When Harry Met Sally. The Three Amigos. Scarface. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Robocop. Das Boot. Full Metal Jacket.


Okay. But what about films of the 1990s? We're going to change our criteria a little bit. The '80s had iconic films. For the '90s, let's look at specific genres and how good films were in their genres.


Mouse Hunt

new to me

"Its style makes it feel like Terry Gilliam directed a Laurel and Hardy film."






the whole gang



an accomplished architect


blanket fort instructions from Ikea



Manitoba woodcarver

The indigenous people of Manitoba, here on the prairies, do not traditionally make totem poles. That's a phenomenon of the Pacific Northwest.