Archive for January 27th, 2009

See How the Other Half Lived

Recently, a friend gave me a box of 35mm slides he acquired a while back. Their exact provenance is a bit of a mystery – they’re Kodachromes, they were processed in Canada in June of 1972, and the box they’re in is marked “U.K. 1972”. Since I’m a sucker for old photos, I figured I’d post a few here, for your entertainment…
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Published in: General, History | on January 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment »

Another One Bites the Dust

It went unnoticed by most of the Western media, but a reasonably momentous event took place over the weekend – the Sri Lankan rebel group the Tamil Tigers were pushed back from their last remaining stronghold, essentially ending the 38-year-old insurgency. Oh, the government troops will continue “mopping-up” operations for a few weeks, but it’s for all practical purposes over.

It’s kind of a shame, really, because I always liked the Tamil Tigers (and, to be honest, have always kind of secretly supported most ethnically-motivated secessions.) Yes, yes, I know they’re considered “terrorists”, and I know that supporting them is frowned upon by the government. And, yes, a lot of their actions (recruiting child soldiers, for a start) were, frankly, reprehensible. Ignore the politics and rhetoric for a moment; the Tigers had style.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on January 27th, 2009 | Comments Off on Another One Bites the Dust