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August 29, 2008

'Illegitimate' is illegitimate

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Using that word to describe a child born "out of wedlock" — itself a phrase whose time has come and gone — is one of those indicators that mark you as a geezer.

Just as having a landline is the province of the inhabitants of Geriatric Park, calling a child "illegitimate" because it happens to have been born to an unwed woman is passé.

FunFact: In Sweden, ... "since the late 1980s a small majority of all births and a large majority of first births have been to unwed mothers and fathers."

Illegitimate?

I don't think so.

And while we're on the subject, "love child" is also way past over.

DeNeen L. Brown, in an August 23, 2008 Washington Post Style section front page article, wrote that the term is used with approbation when applied to the offspring of an unmarried Hollywood couple but was still radioactive in the political arena (see John Edwards, et al).

Note to file: The very use of the term marks you as a relic unless it's ironic.

An aside: as the editorial cartoon of September 27, 1884 reproduced above demonstrates, today's political artists of destruction don't have a patch on their predecessors.

August 29, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ultimate Peep-toe

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Prefer something

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in a boot?

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No problema.

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Designed by Annejet Kosters.

[via szymon, trendhunter, interiordesignroom, neatorama and virtualshoemuseum]

August 29, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

55th Annual World Plowing Championship — 'Competitive plowing at its finest'

The winner of the competition (held August 15 and 16 of this year in Grafenegg, Austria) by a one point margin (350 to 349) was Samuel Gill, a 41-year-old mechanic from Northern Ireland whose twin brother won last year.

Details aplenty in John W. Miller's front page article in today's Wall Street Journal.

August 29, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

String on a Stand

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Think outside the garden space.

From the website:

    String on a Stand

    Every gardener knows the importance of string, so keep some permanently to hand on this good-looking stand.

    Handmade in Hampshire and fitted with a cutter at the top of the handle.

    Organic jute twine.

    Beech.

£10.95.

August 29, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

iPhone Seismometer

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[via &Manel]

August 29, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

LEGO Backpack

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Good news, bad news.

First the good.

From the website:

    LEGO® Brick Backpack

    Carry your gear the LEGO way!

    It’s a knapsack shaped like a LEGO brick!

    This fun blue bag with adjustable shoulder straps is just right for carrying books, lunch, and anything else you want to tote around.

    • Each "stud" on the back is a separate zippered compartment

    • Bag measures 12.5"L x 8"W x 5"D (32 cm x 20cm x 13cm)

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The bad news:

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[via tolin.cn]


August 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Online Metronome

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"An online metronome ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music, this music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections and it is always available for free to all students of music at metronomeonline.com."

[via Milena]

August 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Edo Grill

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The top shelf of this built-to-order 304-grade stainless steel natural gas or propane-fired grill slides open to reveal two customizable 25,000-BTU burners.

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From $7,495.

August 29, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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