Weapons, figurines, fairies

By Lorenzo

While in Venezia, we were quite taken with the variety of chess sets available. And replica weapons, and figurines and …

But, alas, they remained a case of window-shopping only.

This is also the Saturday chit-chat thread.


  1. kvd
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I had a really lovely, quiet Friday. As far as I could tell there wasn’t a single solitary soul who was wrong on the internet 😉

  2. Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I wonder if we’ll have little figurines of the honourable keyboard warriors in the future. That way we can romanticise about the glory of internet flame wars.

  3. Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink


    The Truth About Stress

  4. Posted July 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    The economic history of the world since Jesus in one graph. Well, not quite, but it is a nice popular presentation of the work of the late Angus Maddison.

  5. Posted July 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Reason magazine does not like the US Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling (surprise) but it does provide a nice list of the 5 most unlibertarian rulings by SCOTUS and deciding the mandate was actually a tax is not even close.

    And if Judge Posner can decide the mandate was a constitutional impost, that’s good enough for me.

  6. Posted July 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    John Cleese on creativity. Long been a great believer in letting it perculate.

  7. Posted July 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    John Cleese on the god gene.

  8. kvd
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] your link included that very reassuring sentence – “I don’t know” – which seems almost as rare as “I made a mistake”. Last time I saw the latter was that speed of light kerfuffle. Anyway it’s a very interesting article, so thanks for the link.

  9. Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] Thanks, that’s great.

  10. Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how many of those figurines look fabulous in the shop but like tatt in one’s house?

  11. Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] A bit of a risk, but we were taken with them because the quality was good.

  12. AJ
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink


    I wouldn’t mind seeing coercive state power brought to bear on companies that start radically changing their EULAs. Maybe something like the Sale of Goods Act for the 21st century.

  13. Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Something to annoy Americans: arguing the Allies would have won WWII quicker if the US had stayed a friendly neutral.

  14. Posted July 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Fascinated by Labor faces distancing from the greens.
    Is this just the latest spin?
    Are they realising that they are losing the worker vote in droves?

  15. Posted July 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] and [email protected]

    Yeah … What Ken said.

    The ALP hacks (Howe perhaps one of the most odious) realize that they somehow need to convince the “moderate left” voters that somehow the ALP’s race to the bottom, the Hansonism combined with brown-nosing the big end of town, is closer to moderate left or fabian values than The Greens. The ALP is losing the left, and can’t get Abbott’s backers, so unless something happens to restore product differentiation between Laboral and Libor, then the ALP is fated to become the third party (and, sticking to current “values”, would do preference swaps with Cardinal Pell rather than the Greens).

    Damn …. I miss the Democrats! If they’d survived another few years, the current crop of clowns would have a fight on their hands. Or, perhaps, the Dems “kept the bastards honest” more than we realized, by being a potential threat that Greens won’t be.

    (Can you imagine if the Dems were still around and Turnbull jumped to them?)

  16. kvd
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Totally different subject. Who said law couldn’t be interesting, dramatic, and quite rivetting stuff? Even in retrospect. Quite a long read, but worth it.

  17. Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    [email protected] Yes, indeed; though it is more a meditation on how modern news information flows work (or not).

  18. Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    A nice piece on how little difference US Presidential campaigns make.

  19. Posted July 10, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    And a nice analytical piece with graphs on how the Republican Party has left Judge Posner

  20. Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    [email protected] Yes, I was struck by his consistency too. For years, Posner has been held up as the person who would be on SCOTUS if it was a truly meritocratic appointment. Clearly, however, he would be a swing voter on the Court.

    You might find this paper (pdf), on the ideological placement of Supreme Court justices of interest.

  21. Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    And now, America’s naming certificate.

  22. Posted July 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    LE @ 17 … your link is dead.
    Dave, Aus Dems still exist, vote for them!

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