Monthly Archives: April 2005

Massive Weapons of Destruction

I really enjoyed last night’s episode of Doctor Who. Wicked script from Russell T. Davies, with his riffs on recent events in reality. Examples: The Prime Minister saying: "Our inspectors have searched the sky above our heads and and they have found … Continue reading

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LRB’s Personal Ads

Call me naive, but I had this idea that the London Review of Books was a deeply serious magazine, with a readership of fearsomely intellectual, and probably terminally boring, people. So, I am very grateful to Boing Boing for correcting … Continue reading

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Steve Ballmer’s Memo on Gay Rights Bill

Well, the inevitable has happened, Steve Ballmer’s internal memo over the Washington State anti-discrimination bill has been posted to the Internet. And, while I have some sympathy with what Ballmer is trying to say, another part of me basically says: … Continue reading

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Gay Group Asks Microsoft To Hand Back Their Award

The rumblings from Microsoft’s decision to drop support for an anti-discrimination bill in the state of Washington continue. Now the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, which four years ago presented Microsoft with an award for its progressive stance on diversity … Continue reading

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This Story Could Run and Run…

… if this picture is anything to go by. I can’t believe I’ve just blogged this. Yes, it’s politically incorrect, but come on – lighten up already…

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Sita Sings The Blues

Over at Sepia Mutiny, "Sita Sings The Blues" draws attention to the work of animator Nina Paley. She’s done a wonderful, charming, cross between Betty Boop, the Hindu epic Ramayana and 1920s music. The effect is a sort of re-culturalised Pennies … Continue reading

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If I Were Japanese…

… then apparently my name would be Kaemon Hosokoawa. At least, according to this. Just thought you’d like to know.

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Microsoft Getting Cold Feet on Gay Rights?

There is a storm brewing in the blogsphere and beyond over Microsoft’s action (or rather inaction) over a recent attempt in the state of Washington (Microsoft’s home state) to include reference to sexual orientation in anti-discrimination legislation. While there’s a lot … Continue reading

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Spring Day

Today was a pleasant day, I went out cycling in Reeuwijk and took my camera. A small selection of the photos are in the photo album here called "Spring Day". Simple pleasures.

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A World First?

Over at that very civilised web site: a Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down, Nicey reviews what is claimed to be the World’s very first cookie designed for dunking. His verdict: a definite thumbs-up. It’s a Marks and … Continue reading

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See Your World From a New Perspective

World Wind is a visualisation application that uses satellite imagery and other data to present the world in startling new ways. If you’ve got a PC with a fast graphics card, then this application is quite stunning. You can "fly" … Continue reading

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Another Bit of Bad News

First of all it was the disillusionment that set in when confronted with the fact that farting cows are a major source of greenhouse gases. No longer could I gaze at a field of grazing cows in a contemplative mood … Continue reading

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The Apprentice Revisited

Since I last mentioned The Apprentice in my blog, I’ve been there, religiously, each week on the sofa watching each episode from behind my fingers. And it gets better and better each week without fail.  Since at least last week, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Infoworld reports on a recent study by Deloitte and Touche that demonstrates that outsourcing is far from a silver bullet for organisations seeking to make their IT operations more efficient. The report itself makes for interesting reading.

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The 50 Best Restaurants in the World

If you’re interested, this entry on the Vinography blog has this year’s complete list of the World’s 50 best restaurants as published by The Restaurant magazine. 

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Kitchen Confidential

I’m currently reading Anthony Bourdain’s "Kitchen Confidential", which was recommended to me (thanks, Mike!). This is not your usual autobiography of a chef – this is a combination of a ride on the Ghost train crossed with a roller coaster … Continue reading

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Fasten Your Seatbelts…

…It’s going to be a bumpy ride: Ratzinger’s got the job. There clearly is no god. "Billions of voices, making all the wrong choices…"

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Microsoft Malaise?

An interesting post from Dare Obasanjo today. While I expect the Slashdot kids to heave rocks at their hated foe Microsoft at every opportunity, it is somewhat different when a Microsoftie such as Dare refers to "the current malaise that … Continue reading

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Shell Colleagues Celebrate Diversity and Inclusiveness

My old employer, Shell, was, and is, very keen to encourage employee networks. While I was with Shell, I was a member of the GLBTN-NL (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Network for Shell in the Netherlands). I am very pleased to hear … Continue reading

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Amaztype

The Language Log today points me towards Amaztype. I think that this cross between Web Services and Typography deserves an entry in my "Slightly Bizarre" list. So it’s got one.

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