Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sorry to tell you this, Barack ...

... but it's true.

It is well documented that black Americans — particularly black males — have shorter life expectancies than whites. But blacks do live to become senior citizens.


Not all. But let that go.

A black person born in 2004 had an average life expectancy of 73.1 years, about five years less than for whites, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Imagine that!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Boston
 

You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don't. Of course, that doesn't mean you are from the Boston area, you may also be from New Hampshire or Maine.

The West
 
North Central
 
The Midland
 
The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
What American accent do you have?
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Yeah, right

You Are Incredibly Logical

Move over Spock - you're the new master of logic
You think rationally, clearly, and quickly.
A seasoned problem solver, your mind is like a computer!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Book quiz

Via Andrew Sullivan:

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Fad Reader
Non-Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz
A funny Scottish joke

In English, at Credo ut intelligam.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Deborah Kerr has died at age 86

I enjoyed her work in this undernoticed film from the early sixties. Requiescat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Magnificat anima mea Dominum

A Marian villanelle, the first version of which was written twelve years ago today.
from De Profundis
by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.

Today is the 153rd anniversary of Oscar Wilde's birth.