Monthly Archives: December 2007

He’s Baaack!

Dylan Evans, I mean. I’ve mentioned him before, as he does seem to write an awful lot of what strikes me as the purest codswallop. He’s popped up again in today’s Guardian. This time his thesis is that the boisterous … Continue reading

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Bankrupt Moral Capital

I see that yesterday’s Observer carried a piece by Richard Harries (ex-Bishop of Oxford, and now Lord Harries of Pentregarth) defending his friend, Richard Dawkins, against those who claim that morality is not possible without religion. He summarises some of … Continue reading

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Plus Ça Change…

I see that my old colleagues in Shell IT are faced with yet more major changes. I don’t envy them one little bit.

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The Infinite O.Z.

Interesting "infinite" zoom picture inspired by an American TV series, which may, or may not, be worth a look as well…

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So It Goes… II

Double damn. John Moore was present at Benazir Bhutto’s last moments. Tragic and terrifying, but also the moment to affirm that those responsible shall not prevail.

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Tim Meets Sweeney

Matthew Cheney, over at Mumpsimus, gives his thoughts on Tim Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd. It rachets up my anticipation. This is a film I want to see.

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Winter Solstice At Newgrange

Here’s a fascinating post about the tomb at Newgrange in Ireland, where the rays of the rising sun on the winter solstice strike inside the tomb chamber. There’s also a live webcast of the winter solstice at Newgrange in 2007. … Continue reading

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So It Goes…

Damn. Not entirely unexpected, but a dark day all the same.

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Voyage of the Damned

Well, I, along with apparently most of the population of the UK, watched the Doctor Who Special on Christmas Day. To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. Too many bangs and crashes and creaky plot devices, I thought. This … Continue reading

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

When the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy was released, there were some real stinkers of reviews; mostly, but not all, from die-hard fans. As I quoted at the time: "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie … Continue reading

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Could Do Better

I should have done better than this, but some of the clips were too tricky for me…   I received 71 credits on The Sci Fi Sounds QuizHow much of a Sci-Fi geek are you? Take the Sci-Fi Movie Quiz … Continue reading

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My Feelings Exactly

I think that this cartoon by Martin Rowson sums up my feelings about Blair and his faith pretty well.

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Speaking for the Future

Once again, over at BLDGBLOG, Geoff Manaugh posts another interesting item. This time, it’s a long interview with Kim Stanley Robinson, a writer of Science Fiction. It contains a great deal of common sense, which, alas, is not always quite … Continue reading

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Old Photos

Geoff Manaugh, over at BLDGBLOG, stumbles across a veritable treasure chest of old photos of the UK on the web. Wonderful to see that some of them were taken in the Isle of Man.

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Losing the Knack

Near where we live, there’s an open field that has street lighting installed in it. At first, I thought this somewhat bizarre, until I twigged what it was – a natural ice rink. The field gets flooded, and in cold … Continue reading

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In Praise of Panto

Aphra Behn pens a pæan of praise to that great British institution: the Christmas Panto. Quite right, too.

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There is a UK comedian called Jasper Carrott who, when faced with human idiocy, sums it up with a certain gesticulation whilst uttering the immortal word: Dickhead.   He came to mind today when I read a Microsoft Knowledgebase article reporting … Continue reading

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Don’t Try This At Home

I was going to write that I find it amazing that some people (generally US politicians) can claim, with a straight face, that waterboarding is not torture. On second thoughts, it’s not amazing at all, it merely feeds my misanthropy. … Continue reading

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The Tastes of Hell

Liz, over at Gastronomy Domine, goes far beyond the call of duty when she subjects herself to tasting the various chemically-enhanced liquids marketed by the Coca-Cola Corporation around the globe. Rather her than me.

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Animator vs Animation

A clever and ingenious little Flash film by Alan Becker.

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