Lady with a Hat

This is going to hurt you more than it hurts me

Leaving so soon?

Posted by brian on February 1, 2009

Well, not exactly. Yes, the blog is moving, but I’m sticking with WordPress. That’s Something, right? I’m now at

Here’s the thing: About 6 years ago, I briefly toyed with the idea of doing freelance writing, and I came up with “Brain Ink” as a possible business name. Four years after that, I decided to start a blog, but completely forgot about that name at the time, and I went with the name Lady with a Hat as a sort of inside joke with some friends.

Now, nearly two years into blogging, the “Brain Ink” name came back to me, as a prodigal son might do. And I realized that, hey, that’s an awesome name for a blog, isn’t it? So what to do? I’ve already established this LWAH blog, and have picked up & moved once in the past four months. If I move again, it’ll completely blow my stats, for one thing. And I also run the risk of frustating my legions of readers, who — what? 2 doesn’t qualify as a legion? okay, my couple of readers — who have set up bookmarks and links on their own blogs and so forth.

On the other hand, this blog is less than two years old. Presumably, it will go on for several years more, and (deity-of-your-choice-willing) will stay put at for years to come. It feels like the right decision. While I cherish the Lady with her Hat, and she will always be a part of me, I feel more at home under this new title.

You’re asking, Couldn’t you just change the title of the blog, but leave the URL the same? I thought about that, but the dissonance of that bothers the obsessive-compulsive and the perfectionist in me, so it just isn’t feasible. Sorry.

I imagine one of you is rolling your eyes right now. Yeah, I’m fickle & bore easily, and always want to do something different from what I’ve been doing. I do really like the WordPress interface and platform, and I think I’ll stick around here for a while. And I identify with the title Brain Ink. Psychologically, I am more connected to that, and I doubt I’ll leave it anytime soon. I’ll even go so far as to suggest that this will be the last time the blog changes its location. They layout may shift as my feelings about serif and san-serif fonts vacillates, but I have a strong enough psychological attachment to the new name and URL to keep me there indefinitely.

So check out my new home, Brain Ink. I’ve exported the contents of LWAH, so the archives remain intact. New material will no longer be posted on this site, so please update your bookmarks and links.

Thanks again, dear readers, for putting up with my fickleness. Both of you.

Posted in blog, links | 1 Comment »

Did I mention

Posted by brian on January 31, 2009

that my parents iscanbe inSANE?

Here’s what my mother says about our new President: He looks evil. In certain pictures. She protests (perhaps too much) that it’s not because he’s black. Because, you know, their UPS guy is “chocolate” (her word) (yes, really), and he’s very nice, and she likes him just fine, so therefore she is most certainly not a racist. I don’t think she IS racist – or at least, she’s as un-racist as she could be, given her experience & such. Which is to say, not overtly racist, but, like everyone in the small town where I grew up, her experience with non-whites is almost non-existent. So she does harbor attitudes toward particular groups of people (as we all do; I’m certainly not immune from this), but she judges each individual on their own merits. This sort of stereotyping is typical of people in general. It’s why, when you hear the name Vinnie, you have a certain image in your mind. The name Cletus summons forth a different image, as do Lakeisha, Juan, and Salvatore.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in family, faulty thinking, huh?, politics, rhetorical questions, weirdness | Leave a Comment »

iPhone solves Rubik’s Cube for you

Posted by brian on January 30, 2009

No thinking required! This is meta-stupid. It’s like building a robot to do the crossword puzzle for you. WTF? And how could they afford to get Harry Potter to do the demo video?

Posted in games, idiocy, links | Leave a Comment »

Quote of the Day

Posted by brian on January 30, 2009

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
-Margaret Thatcher

I wonder if Emily Howard knows about this?

Posted in qotd | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Did I vandalize Wikipedia?!

Posted by brian on January 30, 2009

At work today, I looked something up on Wikipedia. I was surprised to see a note that said “You have a new message.” When I clicked the link provided, I saw:
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in internet, links, weirdness | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Blessings from Jeebus join six siblings

Posted by brian on January 30, 2009

The California woman who gave birth to 8 mewling new mouths to feed is a repeat offender. She already has SIX children.





Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in animals, children, current events, freaks, idiocy, links, psychology, rhetorical questions, things that are stoopid | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

Why do creationists hate America?

Posted by brian on January 29, 2009

PZ Myers writes:

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio sent out a suggestion to various towns to declare 12 February Darwin Day, in honor of the man and his science. Nice gesture, I think; it’s a small token of appreciation that doesn’t cost anyone anything. The city of Whitehall went for it, but then something odd happened — people complained.

You see where this is going.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in atheism, civic duty, cultural events, discrimination, evolution, faulty thinking, holidays, hypocrisy, idiocy, irony, links, rant, religion, rhetorical questions, sarcasm, things that suck | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Richard Dawkins is coming to Minneapolis

Posted by brian on January 29, 2009

Dawkins is a world-renowned biologist and atheist. He’s been shouted at by Bill O’Reilly and parodied on South Park. And he’s married to Lalla Ward, who played Romana II on Doctor Who back in the Tom Baker days. I’ve picked up a ticket for the lecture, and I think it’ll be great, but I’m really hoping that his wife is there with him. Think of it: Me > Lalla Ward > Tom Baker > Elisabeth Sladen > Catherine Tate. How cool would THAT be!? Yes, I realize that Dawkins himself has would make the chain only one link longer, at most, but still. It just wouldn’t be the same.

Posted in atheism, cultural events, local news, self | Leave a Comment »

Last one, I promise

Posted by brian on January 29, 2009

I swear this is the last thing I’ll post about the Rush Limbaugh kerfuffle. Apparently, Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey, from Georgia, of all places, criticized Limbaugh. His statement, posted below, is brilliant. It illustrates perfectly and tactfully how stupid Limbaugh is.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in annoyances, hypocrisy, idiocy, integrity, links, media, politics, radio, rant, sarcasm | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Darwin was wrong about something, therefore all of science is wrong

Posted by brian on January 28, 2009

The New Scientist’s latest issue features the ill-advised phrase Darwin was Wrong on its cover. There are more words on the inside, but those aren’t the ones that creationist nutters will be paying attention to. Ugh. That was dumb.

Posted in evolution, idiocy, language, links, science | Leave a Comment »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.