Friday, June 24, 2005

I'm looking for somebody who can do comical artwork for a corporate web site. Little simple drawing of funny people doing funny things. It's paid. Let me know if you know anybody -- scott at tulipcafe dot cee-zee.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Hamburgers dig up Roman mosaic in Libya!

... in 2000, and kept it secret until today. Thanks, guys.

The artwork, some say, is "worthy of Botticelli."

Pull quote: "[T]o find a Renaissance image on the floor of a Roman villa is unique." Um, yeah, I'd say so.

That reminds me. I'm looking for somebody to create a mosaic for the cold plunge pool in my bath house. Any recommendations?
Die Wagenschenke: The first game's just kinda gross. The second's a good deal of fun. Try to beat 70 meters.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The following people have competing claims to the throne of Jerusalem:

- King Juan Carlos of Spain

- Otto von Habsburg, a.k.a. Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, a.k.a. Archduke Otto of Austria, a.k.a. Franz Josef Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix René Ludwig Gaetano Pius Ignazius von Habsburg, Member of European Parliament from 1979 to 1999.

- Victor Emmanuel, prince of Naples, current head of the House of Savoy, known to Italian monarchists as Vittorio Emanuele IV. (He seems like a bit of a jerk, frankly. Let's not give Jerusalem to him!)

- Carlo di Borbone, Duke of Calabria (pictured)

You'd think with all the time these people must have on their hands, they'd have sorted this stuff out by now. Unless.... unless it actually matters to them. Do you suppose?

Monday, June 20, 2005

In Friday's article for Slate discussing the possible outcomes of the Iranian election, I got two things right. I wrote, "The favorite to replace Khatami is Rafsanjani, the man who preceded him," which as of today is still true. More importantly I correctly wrote that Iran's polls are "wildly unreliable."

Alas, I got just about everything else wrong. This sentence, in particular, stands out: "If U.S. pressure has pushed Iran's leaders to make the election even slightly more free, it's a small victory for supporters of democracy."

I think I take that back after reading this AP story..

Update: Not over yet.