Monthly Archives: August 2006

The Sense of Smell

I’m often struck by how evocative our sense of smell is. Today, for example, I was taking the dog out for his lunchtime walk through our local woods. While July this year was marked by a heatwave, this August has … Continue reading

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Only Connect

Houtlust has a link to an interesting Ad campaign in Germany. Martin worked with mentally handicapped children and adults for years. He knew how to behave with them. I did my best, but I think I tried too hard at … Continue reading

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Who Am I?

You Are Scooter Brainy and knowledgable, you are the perfect sidekick.You’re always willing to lend a helping hand.In any big event or party, you’re the one who keeps things going."15 seconds to showtime!" The Muppet Personality Test

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A Wake-Up Call

Being a simple Britisher, I don’t know who Keith Olbermann is. But I doff my cap to him. This coruscating comment on Donald Rumsfeld and all he stands for is simply stunning. I’m glad to see that some Americans, at … Continue reading

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Modern Jazz

I’m sorry, but modern jazz leaves me absolutely cold. When I listen to it, I just hear noise, and when I see film or video of modern jazz musicians, my overriding impression is how smug they like to appear – … Continue reading

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The Remake

I don’t get a good feeling about this. The low-key matter-of-factness of the original was what made it even more powerful, in my opinion. Why is it that most things that Hollywood touches turn to dross in their hands? Ah, … Continue reading

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The Flat Decider

Sometimes, the best ideas are also the simplest. But then again, as the General points out, when it comes to Dubya, many people won’t even notice the difference.

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Google Earth

I continue to be amazed at Google Earth and the uses to which it is being put. Here, for example is Frank Taylor waxing ecstatic over a series of stunning aerial shots of Africa. He’s right, they are worth exploring.

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If Looks Could Kill…

…Then we’d all be dead. Concentrated venom, or what?

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Unspeak Spotted

Steven Poole, over at his Unspeak blog, dissects the latest pronouncements of Donald Rumsfeld. I’ve just started on Poole’s book, also called Unspeak. So far, it’s proving a terrific read, and full of clear examples of how language is used … Continue reading

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Oh Gawd…

So Angela met with Ratzinger and she thinks that the EU Constitution should enshrine "Christian values". Oh dear. She is reported as saying that: "We spoke about freedom of religion. We spoke about the role of Europe and I emphasised … Continue reading

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Not Such A Good Idea

Well, doubtless the restaurant’s owner thought that the name and theme were brilliant at the time. However, one can see why he might have come to a different conclusion after a period of reflection…

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Hybrid Animals

Someone obviously likes playing with Photoshop to produce animal hybrids. Some are less successful than others, but the best are pretty impressive. The cat shark is going to give me nightmares, I feel sure.   (hat tip to PZ Myers … Continue reading

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Get It While It’s Hot

Microsoft have released a pre-RC1 build of Windows Vista (build 5536) to a wider audience than just their registered beta testers. The build is available here. Once 100,000 copies have been downloaded from that page, Microsoft will pull the plug. … Continue reading

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Cutting Off Your Nose…

…to spite your face. An English saying that means "this will hurt you more than it hurts me". The "you" in this case would appear to be Microsoft. And why? Well, the pricing details on their upcoming Vista operating system are … Continue reading

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The Commitment To Development Index

Ethan Zuckerman, over at the WorldChanging blog, draws our attention to the annual report from the Center for Global Development on how well countries commit to international development and global aid. It’s worth reading his take on the results. The … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just The Cold…

…that can make your penis shrink, apparently. There’s disturbing news for male polar bears – their genitals are shrinking because of industrial pollution. As if the cold weren’t enough…

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Geotagging Photos In Flickr

I see that Flickr (the online photo-sharing site that I use) now supports geotagging. It works best when the maps are high resolution (e.g. US cities). Around our way, in the wilds of The Netherlands, the resolution is pretty crappy, … Continue reading

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Positive Blasphemy

Two world views…   contrasted in this video   …I’ll take the second, thanks.   (hat tip to PZ Myers at Pharyngula)

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The Green Machine From Flevobike

When we went to visit Zutphen a few weeks back, we travelled on the local train. This being The Netherlands, the trains have a space that can be used for bicycles. On that day, my attention was drawn to a … Continue reading

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