Monthly Archives: July 2006

Rita Gets Another Award…

I missed this when it was announced, but the latest issue of the Gay Krant (the Dutch gay magazine) draws my attention to the fact that the Lovely Rita Verdonk was awarded a place of honour in the Hall of … Continue reading

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That’ll Do Nicely

Mike, over at Coffee Corner, draws my attention to the fact that the makers of Monopoly are planning to replace the paper cash in the game with credit cards. He does some nice riffs on similar implications for other games. … Continue reading

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Spin and Deliver

Sometimes, there are good reasons why inventions stay on the drawing board.

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Art Foretells Reality

Last night, BBC Four showed a couple of programs devoted to the life and work of Terry Gilliam. First up was an interview with Gilliam by Mark Lawson, which was interesting in itself. But for me, the real revelation came … Continue reading

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What Grandmas Are For

I’m currently reading William H. Calvin’s A Brief History of the Mind. Calvin writes really well, and puts together an absorbing and convincing story of how the human mind has developed. While he traces the development of the human species, … Continue reading

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Fareena Alam writes a nasty and spiteful review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book The Caged Virgin in The New Statesman. Sample: "Hirsi Ali, a woman who has built her career on portraying herself as a victim". Er, no, Ms. Alam, … Continue reading

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Play Anywhere

An interesting user interface from Microsoft Research. Although, I have to say that it’s not the first time that I’ve seen something like this. At the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, their digital archive already uses a similar system. … Continue reading

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