Author Archives: Leveret

Well, sir, there’s nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car monorail!

by Leveret

In the State of the Union this week, the Prez urged the Congress to invest (i.e. spend) money on developing a high-speed rail network. Resurrecting this 19th Century technology is often wistfully mooted by the denizens of our capital city as well. Of course, the costs are almost never justified. It certainly is not the United States with its $18,000,000,000 in federal public debt or here in Enzed where we are borrowing $300,000,000 a week just to keep the lights on. Continue reading


Re: Re: Is there some objectivity in music and art?

by Leveret

A fascinating development as reported and reflected upon by Charles Moore: Continue reading

How to be Civil

by Leveret

Via Diane Ellis we have George Washington’s ‘Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation’ – a long list compiled by the second Cincinnatus, by derived from the writings of French Jesuits, of how to behave towards others.

The full, modernised list after the jump.

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The Beloved Chairman of Pop!

by Leveret

The PLA band trades in Song of the Long March for Beat It.

General of the Army?

by Leveret

Okay, so one weird thing quitely bouncing around the news at the moment is the debate as to whether Gen. Petraeus should be given a 5th star – the American equivalent of being promoted to Field Marshall. See this WSJ op-ed by two of his 101st Airborne veterans.

This is an exceedingly rare honour in the American military – there have only been nine 5-star officers in US History, including such greats as ‘Generals of the Army’ Washington, Grant, MacArthur, Pershing, Bradley and ‘Fleet Admiral’ Nimitz.

Petraeus has rescued America from defeat in one war, and is currently working to turn around the Afghan theatre of the War on Terror, but is a fifth-star really merited. His veterans make the case thusly: Continue reading

Never use two spaces after a full stop.

by Leveret

Monday morning must read:

Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. It’s one of the canonical rules of the profession, in the same way that waiters know that the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork and fashion designers know to put men’s shirt buttons on the right and women’s on the left. Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period.

(via Hot Air Headlines)

Re: Is there some objectivity in music and art?

by Leveret

A few people have asked me what the below picture, featured in my post about the objective quality of art, was:

It’s My Bed, a conceptual ‘work’ by Tracey Emin. The content of My Bed is the artist’s unmade bed replete with sheets stained by bodily discharges and littered with used prophylactics, underwear stained by menstrual bleeding and empty booze bottles. Continue reading