Category: Errata

Arugula Redux

I normally write about beer, but I include a smattering of restaurants and food trucks, and a couple of weeks ago I disclosed my abiding love for arugula. I’m glad I ran that leafy green flag up the pole, because…

Texas Nexus

According to Forbes, 4 of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the US are located in Texas. The craft beer boom continues to surge unabated, as the Boulder-based Brewer’s Association reports that while beer sales overall are down a…

Bloomsday Houston

This Sunday marks the 109th anniversary of the day Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses, made his trek through Dublin and into the literary firmament. On June 16, 1954, a number of Irish cognoscenti gathered to celebrate 50 years…

Koninginnedag

Today, Amsterdam is awash in a sea of orange as the Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day as they have for over 100 years. Making this one extraordinary, however, is the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the accession to the throne of…

Shakesbeer

Whether you found him banal or brilliant, tiresome or titillating, most everyone is familiar with George Orwell from their high school days reading Animal Farm and 1984. One my favorite discoveries over my years of sifting through a farrago of…

Election 2012

Welp, the months of incessant campaign ads and election coverage is finally drawing to a close. Fully 3/4 of expected voter turnout in Harris County (Houston) has already voted early, with the remainder frantically searching for their polling locations or,…

Aside

Wot’s all this then?

So what’s all this hullaballoo about SOPA/PIPA today? Why are your favorite sites blacked out? Read a quick note from Google HERE or an excellent, full summary from the Congressional Research Service on the FAS website HERE.

And our friends at Fark can always be relied upon to take an unconventional angle. Be sure to watch the video.

No new content from me today, I remain silent. Not savvy enough to black out my whole site, I am nevertheless armbanded.

Diabeetus

Amused by this diabeetus pic I made the other day? SOPA wasn’t. The background comes from The Wizard of Oz, and the images used are of Paula Deen and Wilford Brimley. Under SOPA, this image could be considered pirated. Wait, you might say, couldn’t one argue “fair use” of likenesses of public figures or intellectual property in the public domain? Perhaps, but SOPA doesn’t have to wait for those arguments or a decision from a judge; the site can be brought down at the first complaint, no questions asked. Congress is essentially presented with a bill codifying the “Shoot first, ask questions later” philosophy.

And nobody wants Han Solo deciding the internet’s fate. Wait, I mean Greedo.

The Gizzard of Oz

Diabeetus.

Diabeetus

The Scarecrow gets a brain, the Tin Man a heart, the Lion courage, and Paula Deen insulin.