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St John is a freelance writer, historian, and ornamental hermit. He spends his weekends reading terrible books and shouting at kids to get off his lawn.


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Happy Tutankhamun Day! I had no idea it was November 26. About this time last year I read a fantastic book about the origin of mummy myths, and it laid the blame for the mythology surrounding Tutankhamun's tomb squarely at Lord Carnarvon's feet. It wasn't that he died soon after the tomb was opened (though he did). It was that he'd struck up an exclusive coverage deal with one newspaper. That meant all the rest of the world's media were desperate for material, so when Carnarvon kicked the bucket they all ran the curse story because they had nothing else to print.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 3 Questions with @steve

Aw, this was really sweet. And funny as hell — I cracked up at about 1:30.

    He doesn't define what he means by "bullshit" until 3/4 into the article.

He gives a pretty good outline in the first two paragraphs — "unnecessary words", "jargon", and "unclear" all jump out as examples of what he's calling bullshit. That sets him up to go into more depth later.

    There are a lot of ramifications of that. His analysis is simplistic and unhelpful.

He's not really a social critic, as far as I can tell, and I don't think he ever set out to analyze those ramifications. It looks like he writes books about effective business techniques.

    This is just an ad for his book

It's very common for writers and actors and directors to go on the circuit to promote their upcoming thing. Every interviewee, every chat show guest, has some new thing that is now available in fine cinemas or bookstores everywhere. It's not an unreasonable way to do things, so long as their interview or article isn't just an ad — it should stand on its own in some way. This article outlines how an interesting problem came about. His book is, naturally, about how individuals can fix it. I probably won't buy the book, but I did enjoy reading the article.

Oh thank god. I thought I was the only dainty buttercup out there.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Apple Plug

I'm happy to mock Apple's latest bollocks, but then I made fun of the iPod when it came out because it was just an expensive MP3 player. I don't think I was wrong, but it sure made Apple a lot of money. Then I made fun of the iPad when that came out and I really was wrong there. I think tablets are very handy now. So even though I won't stop making fun of Apple's overpriced flapdoodle, history hasn't been on my side so far.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Flower - aka Hubski Shell II

I really love this design. Is there any way to make it part of a new Hubski theme?

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Card Exchange?

Count me in — I love writing to people by mail. I get a lot of eye-rolls from my friends, but everyone I know loves getting something personal in the mail.

Are those the puppets from Spitting Image? They used to do a sensational Margaret Thatcher:

Holy crap, yes. Animal can be Trump. Miss Piggy can be Hillary. And of course Kermit would be Sanders. This thing just writes itself.

    20. Did you know that StJohn is working on another book? Time will tell if it is a prequel, telling us the tale of the Pepperpots whilst alive. --will it StJohn? Come on... do tell....

Calm yourself, Iago! The wheels are slow, but they're doing their thing. I've been talking to the publicity people and they're telling me it's set to come out in January. No clues until then, except to say it's a teen comedy/murder-mystery/western/horror. You know, one of those.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Wine Bottle Art

Thank you! For now I just need to nurse this hangover.

Very cool! It looks like a replica was built in 1893. Wouldn't it be a hoot to give that a twirl?

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