Monthly Archives: May 2006

Tasteless, Crass, Stupid and Cheap…

… that is PZ Myers’ consummate summation of Left Behind: Eternal Forces – a new video game. The objective of the game is to convert or kill (with extreme prejudice) Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of Church and … Continue reading

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Live Long Enough…

…to find the right one. The Sugar Babe Love Campaign – a safe-sex cartoon about growing up and finding true love. Frissons galore. Hat tip to Inquietudes for the link.   Update: apparently, the animation is by Wilfred Brimo, and … Continue reading

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Which Country Should You Be Living In?

According to this quiz, I should be in:   Which country should you REALLY be living in? Russia A vast terrain filled with beautiful scenery and interesting characters. You don’t trust the world. You feel they are always up to no … Continue reading

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Stripping the Enamel

I know that poking fun at Disneyworld is a soft target, but it gives me enormous satisfaction – particularly when it is done so satisfyingly as in Tim Adams’ column in The Observer today. There’s something about the place that … Continue reading

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And Lo, It Shall Come To Pass…

Sam Harris points out why the bible is a product of its time, and not a very good one at that. There were clearly no mathematicians involved…

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Cosmic View

I think I’ve mentioned Cosmic View by Kees Boeke before. There was a copy in my local library when I was growing up that I came across and was immediately intrigued by. The online version of the book is here. … Continue reading

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Who Is This Stanley Kurtz?

As he admits himself, he appears to have a bee in his bonnet about gay marriage. Frankly, he should just keep taking the tablets, because he appears not to be talking any sense whatsoever. I’ve categorised this post under "Society", … Continue reading

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Windows Photo Gallery on Vista Beta 2

When the build 5308 of Windows Vista came out I took a look at the bundled Windows Photo Gallery application and was not too impressed. Now that beta 2 of Vista is out, I thought I’d look again to see … Continue reading

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What If…

… during World War II, the US military had decided to continue investing in Project X-Ray, instead of the Manhattan Project? Would the world have ended up any differently? What was Project X-Ray? Here’s the entry in Wikipedia… (hat tip … Continue reading

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El Chaltén

Maciej Ceglowski, over at Idle Words, offers a fascinating slice of history about borders, Bailey’s and ice, illustrated with some glorious photographs.

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The End of the Hunt for HIV?

News comes today that scientists believe they have tracked down the original source of the HIV pandemic – two colonies of chimpanzees in Cameroon. Striking to think that a virus that originated there now infects over 40 million people worldwide. … Continue reading

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The Joys of Software Support

This week’s Technobile column in the Guardian has Kieren McCarthy delivering a few well-aimed barbs at the so-called "support" offered by computer companies. He also takes some hefty swipes at the "support" forums inhabited by geeks who either dismiss queries … Continue reading

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Microsoft: Open Mouth – Change Feet

Sometimes I think that Microsoft is its own worst enemy.   Today, Microsoft has announced the availability of Beta 2 of Office 2007. So off I go to the web site to register and download the beta. First of all … Continue reading

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Information Management in the Oil Industry

So, here I am, sitting at my PC and watching the Bill Gates keynote at this year’s WinHEC (yep, I know that I’m a sad case). And here’s Alan Nunns of Chevron, talking about information management in the oil industry. … Continue reading

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Sita Sings the Blues

I’ve mentioned this charming animated series made by Nina Paley before. I’ve just found that she has released a fourth episode in the series – the Battle of Lanka. Highly stylised cartoon violence set to a jaunty tune – but … Continue reading

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“God Made The World…

… But the Dutch made The Netherlands". So runs a saying here in The Netherlands. For 500 years the Dutch have been engaged in reclaiming land from the sea. But now there is a sea-change, as it were. In the … Continue reading

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Hirsi Ali and the Crabs

My father used to tell a story – a Manx parable. He used to say that if you went to a fishing harbour in England, you’d see creels (fishermen’s baskets) full of crabs. Crabs would be sorted, with crabs of … Continue reading

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Fungal Madness

A recurring nightmare of mine is to realise that, bit by bit, the society around me is changing to become something that is dangerous to my very survival. Fortunately for me (at least so far), that scenario is thankfully relegated to … Continue reading

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The Line of Beauty

Tomorrow night, the BBC screens the first episode of a three-part adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, the Booker Prize-winning novel that evokes the spirit of fast living in London in the years of Thatcher.   It promises … Continue reading

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From Frying Pan To Fire?

A row has broken out around the Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is accused of being economical with the truth when she arrived in The Netherlands seeking asylum in 1992.   The result has been that she has decided … Continue reading

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