Monthly Archives: February 2008

Hidden Lives

Honor Moore writes about her father, Bishop Moore. A bittersweet tale.

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The Value of Evidence

Professor Alan Sokal has an interesting piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section today: "Taking Evidence Seriously. He is perhaps best known for his joke on Post-modernism: "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity". I only … Continue reading

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21st Century Kitsch

Good art is difficult to do, great art even more so. Personally, despite the technical accomplishment, The Prophecy strikes me as kitsch of the highest order. It’s a pity, because the artist, Aymeric Giraudel, has some stunning digital photos on his … Continue reading

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Windows Live Photo Gallery – Part II

I see that Microsoft has released an update to Windows Live Photo Gallery. The build number has gone from 12.0.1308.1023 to 12.0.1329.201. I can’t see any obvious changes in the functionality of the program, so presumably there are only bug … Continue reading

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XML People

OK, if you’re not a geek, this will mean nothing to you. Tim Bray writes about the people behind XML. Wonderful. I have had the privilege of meeting some of them. What continues to give me electric shocks is the … Continue reading

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One of the blogs I try and make a point of reading regularly is Tom Reynolds’ Random Acts of Reality. Consequences is a fairly typical entry. Just when you think the story is bad enough, he delivers a real kicker … Continue reading

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I’m pleased to see that Cynthia Wade’s film Freeheld has been recognised with an Oscar. Laurel Hester may not have died in vain, but the fact that her life was held in such contempt continues to leave a very nasty … Continue reading

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Strawman Alert

Andrew Brown reaches a new low in his opinion piece in today’s Guardian. I really am getting awfully tired of the falsehoods that he and people like him (Theo Hobson springs to mind) trot out whenever they mention the name … Continue reading

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Can You See The Stars?

Light pollution is increasing, which means it is becoming ever more difficult to see stars in the night sky. The Globe At Night organisation is asking people around the world to take part in a survey of light pollution levels … Continue reading

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The Salamander’s Tale

YouTube user RodHullIAmHim has provided some visuals to The Salamander’s Tale. This is a short extract from the Audiobook version of Richard Dawkins’ The Ancestor’s Tale. The voices you hear are of Dawkins and his wife, Lalla Ward. The tale … Continue reading

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Ballard on Ballard

Ballardian has a transcription of a terrific interview that J. G. Ballard gave to James Naughtie. Unmissable. Here’s Ballard talking about his book Empire of the Sun: In a way it shows the lengths that human beings will go to survive, … Continue reading

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From The Desk of Mr. Thompson John

I see that scamming is alive and well. I’ve just had a message "From The Desk of Mr. Thompson John" [sic], who purports to be the head of the auditing department in the Buckingham Palace Road branch of Barclays Bank … Continue reading

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Gender Roles

Lucy is not happy with Mr. Deity. I love the line about the nipples.

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Cruel Clock

The Turing Alarm Clock is a very clever idea – but if you’re not good at mental arithmetic, it seems a rather cruel and unusual punishment…

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The Dame Edna Experience

Following on from a nod to the passing of Emily Perry, I can’t help reminiscing over an abiding memory from The Dame Edna Experience, broadcast back in 1987. Dame Edna was chatting to her guests: Cliff Richard and Mary Whitehouse … Continue reading

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Brain Implants

I see from this post over at the io9 SF web site that John Varley has a new book coming out next month: Rolling Thunder. I’m hoping it will signal a return to his old brilliance. His last couple of … Continue reading

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Crayon Physics Deluxe

Oooh – I want this when it’s available. The perfect thing for my Tablet PC…

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RIP, Madge

Emily Perry has died at the age of 100. I remember her Madge Allsop with fondness.

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Not A Good Idea

My heart goes out to the shade of Sir Adrian Boult. His earthly remains must surely be spinning in his grave over this LP cover. Yes, it was the 1970s, but still – did no-one register that this was not … Continue reading

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Just a heads-up to say that I’ve received my copy of Iain M. Banks’ Matter. I haven’t had a chance to read further than the Prologue; but here’s a review. I’m looking forward to continuing.

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