Books To Broaden The Mind

The greatest book of all time? ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as drawn by Honoré Daumier, c.1855. Photograph: Francis G. Mayer/Corbis 

The greatest book of all time? … Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as drawn by Honoré Daumier, c.1855. Photograph: Francis G. Mayer/Corbis

I felt it was time for a bit more of the old kulture (sic) on the Diablog what with all this writing about three three A’s, alcohol Alfa’s and Arsenal, and of course Women.
There I was trawling the web for for something to raise our moral tone, whoever she is… when I read in todays’ Guardian On Line, a list of the top 100 books of all time.

I am sure that Glynsky has read them all at least twice, and ER probably wrote several of them under one of his many pseudonyms. I noticed that Moby Dick was on the list, and I happen to know that Glynsky once caught this nasty disease but he has been partially cured. Continue reading “Books To Broaden The Mind”

Sustainable, comfortable, sensible wood flooring

Dear Reader,

In a recent post I warned you not to use wall-to-wall carpet flooring.

There are other floorings, I would stay away from. A recent trend has been screed. It is cheap and “stylish”. But if you have stood on trade-fair floors for a day or worked in retail, you know that your back hurts like hell. Screed does not cushion at all. The same is true for tiles and stone. And all three do nothing for the room climate. So, unless you life in very hot climate, leave those to the bathroom.

One warning:

Stay away from the more and more fashionable laminate!

That’s plastic. It is cold, noisy, hard like stone, uncomfortable and removal costs you an arm and a leg since it is toxic waste. Something I would not want in my quarters.

But diablog doesn’t leave you with criticism. Here is what I recommend. The very best of course is hard wood flooring.


It is warm in winter and cool in summer. Your back and ankles and knees will appreciate it, it puts less stress on them to walk on wood.

Hard wood flooring requires almost no maintenance, usually a broom is all that is needed. Or you hoover it. You spilled something? A paper towel does the trick.

A good parquet will last for decades or centuries.

Travel to Europe and see some of the old castles and palaces. Often the flooring has been in there for centuries.

Now, some people are concerned with the price. So here is the even better alternative: Continue reading “Sustainable, comfortable, sensible wood flooring”

farewell january, another month gone…

Dear diablog,

And there goes another month – this last one being made up of blackouts, Pete moving away (did I force him or was it that he was ‘fed up’ with the food from Cafe Listeria), my football team imploding again, state and personal tax returns, tax payments, too cold in the garage, too hot in the sauna, too much to eat, too little excercise etc etc.

Ah well…

Yours, diablog, going in for tea


Internet – "Hollywood and Music Executive Edition"

Dear Reader,

Don’t worry, Hollywood hasn’t taken over the internet. Yet.
Although, the numerous stupid legal bills and agreements like PIPA, SOPA, OpenAct, DMCA, ACTA and others certainly are an attempt to do so.

No, the internet Hollywood Edition is a special internet experience for Hollywood moguls, and I would add the music industry executives.
It is brought to you by Aaron Klein, I found it through Glyn Moody.

Here’s what internet for Hollywood and music executives should be like (quote):

  • Before you can do a Google search, you have to sit through five minutes of ads for Google Chrome, Chromebooks by Samsung, Android Phones by Motorola, and that amazing straight-to-video blockbuster, Google+. And oh yeah, don’t even think about trying to skip the ads. A cute little red “X” appears in the corner of your screen if you try to do that.
  • Microsoft Word will no longer allow you to read or edit movie scripts that are obvious takeoffs from other movies. We get the message: remixing content to make something new is wrong. Bonus for us: this would have stopped you from absolutely ruining “Arthur” in the remake.
  • If you fly off to your vacation home in the south of France, your Mac won’t boot up at all. Remember, it’s your fault for traveling – just buy another one with the right “region code.”
  • Twitter still works fine in the Hollywood Edition. But all tweets are delayed for about three hours, unless you want to pay $10 a day to see them immediately. Bonus for you: every other tweet will offer you some really overpriced popcorn.

So far from Aaron Klein.
Now here are some additional features from me for Hollywood and music industry executives:

1) Screenshots are prohibit.
For every screenshot you make, your credit card is charged US$100,000, which go straight into the bank account of the webmaster.

2) You are not allowed to use copy (ctrl-c) and paste (ctrl-v).
Every time you use copy, US$50,000 goes to the author of whatever is on your screen. Everytime you use paste, another US$50,000 goes to a free software initiative.

3) You cannot send attachments, since you are actually creating copies that way.
Everytime you are sending an attachment, the creator of the file receives US$100,000  from your personal bank account.

I am fairly certain, the Hollywood Edition of the internet would put an end to excessive copyright law initiatives. Especially, if certain US senators and congressmen and -women were included.

If you have additions to the list above, please let us know in comments.     

Engine Room

Wham Tam Thankyou Ma’am

This happened recently on TAM airlines. It is Brazil’s and Latin America’s largest airline and I felt the story worthy of bringing to the attention of our Diablog readers.
I also feel I deserve praise for thinking up with the worst title for a post in the last year.

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. She was
visibly furious, she called the air hostess.

“What’s the problem, madam?” the hostess asked her.
“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t sit here next to him. You have to change my seat”.

“Please, calm down, madam” – said the hostess.
“Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”
Continue reading “Wham Tam Thankyou Ma’am”

An addition to my Whiskey cellar and maybe yours too

Dear Reader,

The headline is a bit misleading. Usually a whiskey bottle doesn’t last long enough here, to justify carrying it down to the cellar and back up again.

Now, don’t get the wrong impression. I am not like the guy who opens the bottle and throws away the cork with the words:

“That won’t be needed anymore.”

But once a bottle of spirits is opened, it should be enjoyed within less than a month. Otherwise, the aroma might be gone.

Back to the whiskey. A while ago a friend introduced me to a new single malt: The Singleton of Dufftown.

It comes from Diageo and I was a bit skeptic at first. Because Diageo had launched The Singleton of Glen Ord before and that was a bit, well, boring.

After consuming a few bottles over the last couple of months I am now confident to recommend The Singleton of Dufftown.

Especially, if you are less fond of the peaty single malts. And if you like the wonderful taste of the old Macallan, you know, when it was still matured in old Sherry casks?

The Singleton is smooth, has a rich aroma and the highly appreciated finish with a hint of sherry, as it is matured in old sherry casks.
Well done, Diageo.

A good drink to start the weekend,
Engine Room