Ross Elliot's blog

"...a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean."

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2010-03-02 05:45

Christopher Hitchens on North Korea.

The final sentence is interesting.

Recent Comments:
Mark. 3 Litres? — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2010-05-29 10:06
Precision, please — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2010-05-29 00:02
False Left/Right scale — by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2010-05-28 20:11

My American cousins, this is what will happen under Obamacare

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2010-02-02 08:49

A wealthy woman was being shown around the hospital. During her tour she passed a room where a male patient was masturbating furiously.

Recent Comments:
Sex cheapened by Obamanomics — by gregster on Thu, 2010-02-04 21:56
It could make one — by Sandi on Tue, 2010-02-02 19:48
ZanCare — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2010-02-02 19:40

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - Triple Play

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-12-04 08:08

If I've got any control over the playlist, these three always get played at a get-together.


Glory

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-11-20 08:27

Behold.

Manhattan from the north, looking over Central Park, across Midtown.

The East River is at left, the Hudson at right.

Man made this.

Recent Comments:
OK, check out the UK... — by Marcus on Sat, 2009-11-21 21:52
The Burj... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-11-20 23:28
Burj Dubai Spire — by Marcus on Fri, 2009-11-20 13:35

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-11-19 10:26

If there are any Blues fans here--and I'm sure there are--you'll appreciate this clip.

Recent Comments:
I love it. But don't forget, — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2009-11-22 17:53
for sure — by 0 on Thu, 2009-11-19 10:35

Request for feedback

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-11-16 04:07

Lindsay and I have been discussing the way in which SOLO functions in practical terms.

Recent Comments:
It's true... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-11-28 10:53
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-11-28 10:07
Tracker — by wngreen on Tue, 2009-11-17 03:42

Polanski

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-10-03 21:21

After 30 years on the run, it looks increasingly likely that Roman Polanski will finally be extradited back to the US to answer for his molestation--the drugging and sodomising--of a 13 year-old girl.

Recent Comments:
Ross- "The victim of a — by Aaron on Fri, 2009-10-09 22:22
I guess — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2009-10-09 15:54
No answers. Just floating abstractions. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-10-09 07:29

SOLO Chat

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-09-28 22:10

SOLO Chat is up and running.

Please report any problems to the webmaster.

Come on in, the water's fine. Smiling


Jazz - Esbjorn Svensson Trio

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2009-09-27 11:57

The title track from EST's 1999 album, From Gagarin's Point Of View.


Quote of the week

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-09-26 07:49

Karl Rove, on The O'Reilly Factor.

"Ahmadinejad is a nut. That's a technical term."

Recent Comments:
Translator of the week — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-09-26 08:07

The Story of Stuff - The Anti-Industrial Revolution Meets Sesame Street

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2009-09-23 22:10

I implore you to watch it. You'll need a stiff drink, and maybe a vomit bag, but watch it. It's only 20 minutes—and it may well shave three hours off your life—but watch it.

Recent Comments:
End result (edited) — by Sandi on Fri, 2009-09-25 02:57
Check out this game. It's a — by reed on Thu, 2009-09-24 23:37
Hunker down, soldier! — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-09-24 20:11

Glenn Beck - Mad As Hell

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2009-09-22 22:35

In Time's current cover story, David Von Drehle is not drawing a long bow when he compares Beck with Network's Beale.

"[Network's writer] Chayefsky imagines cynical television executives who create a ratings sensation out of the nightly rants and ravings of Beale. The host energizes the nation with his cry, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" It's hard to find a film that better captures the rotten vibe of the early 1970s, when America found itself suffering through one downer after another: failing companies, tense foreign relations, high unemployment, rampant incivility, spiraling deficits, corruption in high places, a seemingly endless war. Sound familiar? "

Recent Comments:
Actually... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2009-09-23 20:23
Typical... — by Marcus on Wed, 2009-09-23 19:44

SOLO-NZ Press Release: A Message from the Prime Minister

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-09-14 06:28

SOLO-NZ Press Release: A Message from the Prime Minister

Kia Ora, Taxpayer Bastards

Today I'd like to announce that with the support of the Maori Party, we have reached a compromise on the Emissions Trading Scheme. This will enable the government to withdraw from Labour's proposed full-shaft without so much as a kiss and a cuddle, substituting a far less arduous half-shaft with an optional reach-around.

Recent Comments:
Free home insulation for maori — by gregster on Wed, 2009-09-16 10:44
Will Hide walk away from the National coalition? — by Marcus on Mon, 2009-09-14 17:19
Funny fucker — by Jameson on Mon, 2009-09-14 10:24

Jazz Piano - Phineas Newborn Jr. - Lush Life

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-09-11 07:08

Phineas could roll like Oscar Peterson but had far greater nuance. This is Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life from A World of Piano.

Recent Comments:
Nice? — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2009-09-11 11:11
Oh... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-09-11 10:26
Cripes Ross ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-09-11 09:22

Dinah Washington - Jazz Goddess - Come Rain Or Come Shine

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-09-10 04:11

Lovely Dinah, from her 1954 "live" studio album, Dinah Jams. A must for any jazz fan.

Recent Comments:
Jeff... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-09-10 04:50
Tangy — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-09-10 04:40
nice... — by 0 on Thu, 2009-09-10 04:23

TVNZ 7 - Braindead Part II

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-09-03 10:37

Lindsay has referred to TVNZ as braindead, and so too goes it's recently launched news channel, TVNZ 7.

[Edit: Americans here really should take the time to watch this clip. Instructive.]

Recent Comments:
Sorry. We just haven't been keeping up. — by Frediano on Sun, 2009-09-06 13:51

Burka fashion show

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-08-31 10:33

Plunging eye slits Smiling

Recent Comments:
Personal Statements — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2009-09-03 10:25
The third outfit??? — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2009-09-01 20:35
I know!! — by Jameson on Tue, 2009-09-01 10:32

Obama - The Dark Knight

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2009-08-09 03:47

Brits: Noisy Sex is Anti-Social

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-08-08 02:18

Fool Britannia does it again.

Anti-social behavior orders????


RIP, John Hughes

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-08-07 07:20

As a late developer--that is, a NZ male--in my early 20s, I was besotted with the works of John Hughes.

Recent Comments:
Much Too Soon — by Curt Holmes on Thu, 2009-08-13 23:29
Gone Too Soon — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2009-08-07 16:33

Smacking Referendum

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-08-07 06:43

For those not in the know, in NZ we currently have this referendum before us:

Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?

And important as it is, there are other issues at, ahem, hand...

Recent Comments:
Always... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-08-07 08:01
Gross! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-08-07 07:57
Hehe — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-08-07 07:30

Chile season is a-comin'

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-08-01 01:15

Any other chileheads out there?

I'll be germinating my seeds near the end of August and nursing the little plants through early spring in the sunroom until they are big enough to go outside. They live outdoors in big pots, in sunny sheltered spots as the summer nights can be cool in Canterbury.

Recent Comments:
A friend in the States ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2009-08-02 01:57

Victory!

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-07-18 23:12

NZ All Blacks man-up against the Australian Wallabies in a much-needed 22-16 stoush-cum-atonement at Eden Park.

Recent Comments:
Thats true Phil And my — by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2009-07-19 01:26
'Ross. Let me get this — by PhilipD on Sun, 2009-07-19 01:12
Jase... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-07-18 23:30

Lady Liberty's crown reopens

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2009-07-05 23:42

After nearly eight years since it was closed on Sept. 11, 2001, on July 4 the Statue of Liberty's crown was reopened to the public.

Recent Comments:
The torch... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-07-06 23:09
The only time I've been inside her... — by Marcus on Mon, 2009-07-06 12:10
Glenn... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-07-06 02:12

A sad lament from a lovely fella

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-04-24 04:46

My turn to add to the surfeit of music links.

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sings Ride On, on Fox & Friends.

Lovely stuff.


( categories: )

Theme tweaked: please refresh your browser.

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2009-04-08 05:39

I've just tweaked the theme so even if your page looks normal, please refresh your browser's cache by hitting CTRL + F5 (Firefox, Explorer) or CTRL + R (for other browsers).


( categories: )

Why the Republicans are *not* the alternative

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-03-12 02:58

Newt Gingrich, bulwark of the Republican Party, wants Michigan to pay pregnant teens to take vitamins and indeed, pay them not to get pregnant in the first place.

Can *anyone* imagine Limbaugh suggesting this?

Recent Comments:
Well, actually... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-03-14 07:24
Factions — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-03-13 23:15
It's common... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-03-13 20:48

( categories: )

Chile Season 2008

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-12-14 07:11

The past two summers have been cool and changeable on the east coast of the South Island--not ideal chile growing weather--but this year I've sacrificed a virgin--hard to find one around here, I can tell you--to the weather gods and I'm hoping for a bumper crop.

Recent Comments:
I thought as much..... — by HWH on Sat, 2007-12-15 07:22
Hilton... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2007-12-15 04:33
An amusing story from Durban RSA — by HWH on Fri, 2007-12-14 14:13

( categories: )

NZ Herald Editorial - "If these bills pass, they will be Labour's epitaph"

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2007-11-11 21:02

A rare front page editorial in the NZ Herald takes a good hard swipe at the anti-free speech, Electoral Finance Bill. Sane stuff from a paper that is often seen as left-leaning.

NZ Herald Editorial, and Government departments to be made exempt from restrictions

Recent Comments:
I want to point out... — by Jameson on Fri, 2007-11-23 03:27
    Lindsay Mitchell's — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2007-11-22 19:44
Oh — by Elijah Lineberry on Thu, 2007-11-22 19:21

( categories: )

Chicago Spire - Oh, it's happening now, baby!

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2007-07-25 05:56

Chicago Spire: 610m/2,000ft/150 floors.

Look at those numbers again: six football fields, or more than 1/3 mile tall. And the grace, and the ingenuity of the design. The site alone cost $65 million. Worth every penny.

Soon to be the world's tallest apartment building, and the second tallest building of any type. Designed by Santiago Calatrava. They just broke dirt.

Click a thumbnail to have a full size image open in a new window.

Recent Comments:
Good points, Ross. — by PhilipC on Thu, 2007-07-26 04:28
Dunno, Phil... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2007-07-26 03:50
I like the close-up — by PhilipC on Thu, 2007-07-26 03:45

( categories: )
Syndicate content