As this blog is now four years old - and despite conventions of modesty and good taste - I thought I’d air some of the kind words aimed this way during that period. (The unkind words, a much longer and more expressive list, can wait for another day.)
One of my favourite blogospherical institutions is David Thompson’s Friday Ephemera. No matter what else may be happening in the world, there, every Friday, they are... A couple of clicks will get me to things like... a horse in a car... a sex toys chess set... a cat with bionic legs... (Brian Micklethwait, Samizdata.)
Brilliantly analytical stuff. Go there now. (Libertarian Alliance.)
Particularly astute. (FIRE.)
Inestimably wonderful... Thompson has the Olympian detachment to see the posturing of radical academics for what it is. (Pirate Ballerina.)
David Thompson has done yeoman work in documenting some of the worst excesses of PC thought disorders in education. (Shrinkwrapped.)
Cool, cultured and cynical. (Fabian Tassano, Mediocracy.)
Brilliant skewering. (Nick M, Counting Cats in Zanzibar.)
Intelligent, funny and very sharp. (Paul Saxton.)
If you’re my kind of conservative, you should really be reading David Thompson (this post is a killer), who was pointed out to me, strangely enough, by none other than Canada’s favourite pinko, Dr Dawg. (Olaf Raskolnikov, Prairie Wrangler.)
David Thompson, a British ‘muscular liberal’ commentator (on the right, where I sit, although he objects to that description), runs one of the most elegant blogs in the ‘sphere, truly a thing of beauty. I agree with barely a word the man says, but he says it so well. (Dr Dawg.)
David Thompson’s blog is a consistently interesting read, but where I think he really outdoes himself is with his weekly ‘Friday Ephemera’ slot. Today is no exception; you can meet the man who’s collected his own navel fluff since 1984 (and see pics of 25 years of lint and the jars he stores them in); video of the International Space Station, eerily floating 360 km above the camera; a rundown on the world’s most impressive bank vaults; and a mirror made of wood. Actually made of wood... Utterly sound, consistently fascinating, never predictable. (Mr Eugenides.)
The artful, applied essence of incisive, muscular, game-changing ridicule. You could spend a year of weekends in his archives. (EBD, Small Dead Animals.)
Oh, and during his time at Protein Wisdom, Dan Collins saw fit to compare your host, favourably, with Kate Beckinsale in a skintight leather catsuit - a comparison that has more than once robbed me of a good night’s sleep. If you’ve found this rickety barge at all entertaining over the last four years, please note that it’s kept afloat not by advertising or a secret private fortune, but by PayPal donations. Feel free to browse the archives, the ephemera and the updated greatest hits.
And thank you.