Category: antiquarianism

  • Stupidity's Unpopular Cousin: Intellectualism in the UK

    Stupidity's Unpopular Cousin: Intellectualism in the UK

    “to be an intellectual is to be someone motivated by ideas. That doesn’t mean that you’re simply interested in ideas, or that you enjoy the abstract reasoning associated with chewing through logical problems. It means that you’re someone who thinks about ideas and then changes their life on the basis of those ideas.”

  • RPS: Mnemotechnics and Ultima Underworld II

    This is a piece I’ve written for Rock, Paper, Shotgun. I’ve reposted the whole thing below because a) my hits aren’t going to hurt them and b) it’s very personal to me. If you want more information about the game, go read it on RPS – the commenters really know their stuff about Ultima.

  • View: Sir Henry At Rawlinson's End

    To the tune of: Vivian Stanshall – Sir Henry At Rawlinson End The story so far. The hapless and unusual Hubert, having unhappily chanced upon Sir Henry reliving the bombing of Dresden, has received a terrific thrashing and a crippling kick in the fork. He is now in disgrace condemned to his room. The body of […]

  • I Won A Book!

    http://londonist.com/2008/12/prizewinning_medical_trivia.php Congratulations to Dan Griliopoulos, winner of our Medical London competition. We asked for a piece of trivia connected with medicine in London, and Dan provided this: “The premier London medical story has to be that of Samuel Pepys’ stone. Not the actual operation – which was long and painful (without anaesthetic) or highly dangerous […]

  • The Real Lawmaster

    Dark Roasted Blend: Mystery Photo: One Seriously Empowered Motorcycle. A knocked-up Vespa with a recoilless M20 rifle on top, used by the French to suppress the natives the world over. Surprisingly effective, apparently. Joe Dredd wannabes can probably make their own fairly easily.