Author Archives: Pierre

The Ratonettes are (is?) a hoot

The Ratonettes are a 4-piece band, with one lone human on vocals, bass and harmonica (that’s Doby Daenger, she of the classic punk band The Anti-Elvis Club), two large, inflatable rats on air-guitar and air-drums, and a portable CD player … Continue reading

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Tarts à la Mode

Le Figaro, that gray lady of French bien pensant journalism, is having fun with Jean-Paul Gaultier and his collection haute couture printemps-été 2005. At least I hope they’re having fun. Check out especially numbers 6, 8, 11, 20, and 21. … Continue reading

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You Want Weather? We Got Weather!

In the best of all possible worlds, planning a trip abroad should involve having a look at the weather forecast from local sources, shouldn’t it? When it comes to Paris (France, not Hilton; abroad in one word) however, more is … Continue reading

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Laundry Day

Today, I did my laundry the Guy Way: I went to K-Mart and bought trousers (2), socks (12 pairs), and underpants (10). It feels good!

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Fun at the Daily News

The New York Daily News 1/5/2004 No, the picture has nothing to do with the article headline. Or does it?

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The Geophysics of the Tsunami

The BBC has an excellent “animated guide” about the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. (It’s a 200k Flash slide show.)

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Can’t Make This Shit Up Dept.

or, Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Le Figaro reports that a French procureur, or district attorney, for the city of Bayonne is accused of using a stolen credit card from a female German colleague to pay for “feminine services” at a … Continue reading

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Groovy, Man, Groovy!

Most Outlandish Halloween 2004 Costume Award goes to the short-sleeved T-shirt spotted last night at CBGB during The Shirts‘ set (a coincidence? I don’t think so…) Generic, neutral gray, with the words “Haight-Ashbury” arching across, as on a street-bought college … Continue reading

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A Perfumed Garden No More

Legendary British radio DJ John Peel has died of a heart attack while on holidays in Peru. He was 65. John Peel came to the forefront of pop consciousness during the heady days of “pirate radio” in the mid 60′s, … Continue reading

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Bees Do It

The ever-entertaining BBC reports that the bees do it too. Get drunk, that is. Researchers at Ohio State University in the US have found that bees react to alcohol in the same way as people do [...] The team found … Continue reading

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