Tim Minchin


Check the related ‘Inflatable You’ vid as well. Perhaps not at work on that one, though. (Update: the most common one has been yanked, but he has several versions out there, try this one).

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Cancelling the debate

McCain reportedly wants to rush back to Washington (once he’s finished campaigning all day Thursday) to solve the bailout issue. Letterman was apparently unimpressed, but rather than link to the video (which I’m sure is out on YouTube) I will, for the first and probably last time ever, link to The Drudge Report. In its entirety (I don’t know if Drudge tends to pull these things once they’re stale):

Wed Sep 24 2008 17:41:58 ET

David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.

Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, “Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?”

Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, “You don’t suspend your campaign. This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves.” And he joked: “I think someone’s putting something in his metamucil.”

“He can’t run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?”

“What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!”


I’m telling you, billions wasted!

There’s an article on the Beeb about the decline in standards for maths exams in the UK (that’s math for our colonial readers). The decline set in from 1990, which I could have told you already; I left high school in 89, and we generally agreed that the year before us was the last year to do ‘proper’ tough exams, we had it a fraction easier, and from there on it was downhill.

The bit that really caught my eye was the following statement, which I hereby nominate for Best. Sentence. Evah.

This has led to mathematics at university being compromised and able-students (sic) being neglected, and has cost the economy billions of pounds in lost mathematicians.

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