Monthly Archives: June 2011

Freedom. It works.

Freedom ist sehr gemütlich. Economic Freedom and Quality of Life (YouTube video) Advertisements

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Longest 100 Articles on Wikipedia

Via Instapundit, this from BuzzFeed, from somebody with (obviously) a bit too much time on his or her hands . . . A very strange and oddly illuminating list, I think.

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Japanese craft beer

Craft beer is booming in Japan This vibrant craft brew scene is a recent development—in part because it was actually impossible not long ago. Before 1994, microbreweries were illegal in Japan. Licenses were granted only to brewers producing well over … Continue reading

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Chinese plan to duplicate Austrian town

Perhaps not gemütlich, but very strange:  Xeroxed Village:  Chinese Secretly Copy Austrian UNESCO Town: Residents of the Austrian mountain town of Hallstatt, population 800, are scandalized. A Chinese firm has plans to replicate the village — including its famous lake … Continue reading

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Joss Whedon is directing an Avengers movie? YESSSS!!!

Joss Whedon is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer guy. He’s the Firefly guy. He’s good. He’s apparently gotten his hands on the rights to the Marvel comic book (if you’re not a geek, “graphic novel” if you are) The Avengers. … Continue reading

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Know your Royal Navy Toasts

A neat little post I came across this morning, from the Detritus of Empire blog.  Go read it all, but here’s a taste: There are, or were, specific toasts for each day of the week.  As related to me by … Continue reading

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A new blog is born

I’ve been online at for some time now, but I’m trying to amend my ways, and since I just returned from a trip to Austria, I was reminded again of gemütlichkeit–the wonderful word in German that doesn’t translate exactly … Continue reading

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