A critique of the Washington mall

Slate’s How Good Is the Washington Monument? is an interesting but brief look at the monuments of the Washington Mall. It’s jam-packed with facts and veers occasionally into Pseuds’ corner, but is an interesting re-evaluation of works that most people take for granted now.

Muso fun

Muso fun

This piece of viral marketing on behalf of Virgin Digital has been doing the rounds, but it’s fun enough that I’m willing to put it here. There are 72 bands in the picture (eg Guns n Roses bottom left). Can you find them all? Click on the picture for the full size version.

Muso fun

Most Haunted isn’t a fraud – because it’s clearly made-up

Despite some of my previous comments, Most Haunted has been officially declared not to be a fraud.

Well almost. Let’s just have a look at that ruling a little closer:

The television watchdog ruled that the show contains “a high degree of showmanship that puts it beyond what we believe to be a generally accepted understanding of what comprises a legitimate investigation”. As such the show should be taken as produced for entertainment purposes, not to definitively inform the public of real incident of paranormal activity.

So, in other words, it’s not a fraud because only a moon calf would be so dim as to believe it’s anything other than cobblers from beginning to end. Completely vindicated then.