Monthly Archives: November 2007


From the first time I visited it over fifty years ago, the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington has been a favourite haunt of mine. It’s just revitalised a gallery – Launchpad – and celebrates with an online game: Launchball. … Continue reading

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Asylum No More

The UK seems to be moving towards having a tough stance on asylum-seekers, and to hell with the consequences. The Independent reports on two disturbing cases (Maud Lennard and Meltem Avcil), and Craig Murray reports on an even more disturbing … Continue reading

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Quality of Life

What makes for a good "quality of life", when looking at a society as a whole? Is it possible to come up with metrics? After all, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. I see that the Dutch … Continue reading

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Someday My Prints Will Come…

BibliOdyssey points out that the British Museum has made a large proportion of its collection of prints available online: The size of the database is enormous. There are more than 13,000 satirical prints for instance. A free text search on … Continue reading

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Useless Gadgets

Wired has a great list of 10 Snake-Oil Gadgets. What is deeply depressing, however, is the long list of commenters who swear blind that dowsing actually works.

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Performance-related Pay

I see that the Vatican is to bring in performance-related pay for the 2,600 lay members of its staff. I also note that the priests, bishops, monks and nuns who form the Papal administration are exempt from this. I’m sitting … Continue reading

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The March of Technology

It wasn’t so very long ago that portable computers weighed in at 22 lbs (10 kgs). Here’s John Cleese extolling the virtues of the Compaq Portable II.       (hat tip to Charles Arthur over at the Guardian)

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