Around the World

I was reviewing my visitor stats, and I am happy to see extensive global coverage. North America—particularly the United States is my largest audience—, but South America, Australia, and Eurasia have representation. Africa is a bit spotty, and let’s not discuss Antarctica. I’m not sure about Greenland, but they don’t know about me either. Iceland represents, but not Svalbard, which admittedly, I’ve not heard of before. No offence.

South America is missing Bolivia, Guyana, French Giana, and Suriname. Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan are absent. Not Yemen or Oman either. I don’t know what I’ve done to North Korea, but they’ve shown me no love. I was hoping for something better from New Caledonia. I’m hoping they come through one of these days.

Africa may be distracted with other pressing issues, but I’m noticing kilometre after kilometre of no love—Niger, Chad, Sudan. Ghana, yes, but Togo and Benin are nos. The region from Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, and Guinea. And the entire middle of the continent. And Tanzania and Madagascar? Forget about it.

If you happen to be visiting from one of these places, drop a note and say hello. If you are from any of the other places, do the same.

Is Pogonotrophy a Scourge on Society?

I learnt a new word today: pogonotrophy. So, I decided to take it upon this new threat to society as we know it: pogon worship, a modern-day scourge.

Ian McKellen – Gandalf

It all started when I happened upon the Quartzy port, A Philosopher Wrote an Academic Paper on the Ethics of Growing a Beard.

My ‘research’ took me on a tour of pogonotomy and pogonophora, a world that until now I had not been previously exposed, yet not quite enough to inspire me to follow the path to pogonology.

Full disclosure: I only perused the article and did not pursue the submitted paper, so any commentary is not on the source—merely a reference thereto.

Ernest Hemmingway

So, this is a nonsensical post. Je m’accuse. I am no fan of beards or the hipsters  more categorically who sport them. Sure, some men look decent in beards—old, distinguished lot. I’m not talking the iconic yet ridiculous Abe Lincoln beard. Perhaps the weathered sea captain. 

I’m done. Nothing to see here. Move along…