Monthly Archives: October 2008

Windows Live Photo Gallery Revisited

Last month I mentioned that I was trying out the latest release of Windows Live Photo Gallery, and that I’d run into a couple of bugs. Subsequent to that, I’ve been in communication with the WLPG team trying to sort … Continue reading

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Wakeup Call

Today I noticed a number of blogs referring to Wassup 2008. I had no idea what on earth they meant until I watched the original advert followed by the current version here. Simply brilliant. An American version of Grosz.

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Taking Pride in Ignorance – Part II

Following hot on the heels of Tracy – here’s Sarah Palin demonstrating once again that she hasn’t a clue, and is proud of it. Scary stuff.

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X-Rays and Brazilians

Dangers lurk in the most surprising areas. Perhaps a razor would be safer. I simply recall the outings to the shoe-shop and the xray machine in the corner…

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Rudolph

One of the current crop of web sites that gives me guilty pleasure is Not Always Right – a web site devoted to the dark side of customer service. Very often, I find myself shuddering at how people treat people. … Continue reading

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The Atheist Bus

So Ariane Sherine had an idea to put an advertising slogan onto London buses. A slogan that I could well stand behind: "There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life"   Simple enough, worthy enough, and almost … Continue reading

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Taking Pride in Ignorance

Be afraid, be very afraid…    

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I’m Still Here

I see that ten days have passed since I last wrote anything on the blog. I think that is probably the longest hiatus since the blog began back in February 2005. Nothing untoward, I’ve simply been busy with other things. … Continue reading

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Libraries

A while back, I mentioned a collection of photos of the world’s most beautiful libraries. It seems to me that Jay Walker’s personal library can be added to that list. Quite stunning.   And on an associated note, I see … Continue reading

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Turning a Blind Eye

A couple of stories this week made me think of how privileged some of us are, and how we ride on the backs of others. First up was Carole Cadwalladr’s piece in last Sunday’s Observer on the social strata and … Continue reading

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Homemade Wireless Keyboard

How not to make your own wireless keyboard. The scary thing is that it took twenty seconds for the penny to drop.

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Good Science

Having mentioned Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science in my previous entry, I just wanted to emphasise how good his book is. Really, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of this book to buff up your bullshit detector. … Continue reading

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Statistics and Lies

I see from today’s Volkskrant that Lucia de Berk has at last won the right to a retrial of her case. De Berk is a nurse who was convicted in 2003 for the supposed four murders and three attempted murders … Continue reading

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Pot, Kettle, Black..

I think my irony meter has just exploded…

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A Small Incentive

Justin, over at Chicken Yoghurt, has come up with a rather whizzo scheme to drive the FTSE share index back up again. It has a rather Ballardian whiff about it…

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Know Your Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights spelt out in animated form. Excellent.   http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1823335&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1The Universal Declaration of Human Rights from Seth Brau on Vimeo.   (hat tip to the Osocio Weblog) 

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A Really Bad Disney Movie…

… but we seem to be edging dangerously close to Head of Skate becoming a disastrous reality. Oh, and this piece written by Matt Taibbi is like being in the front row at the Grand Guignol and being spattered by the … Continue reading

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The Placebo is God

Following hot on the heels of that august organ of journalism, the Daily Mail, today’s Guardian also jumps on the bandwagon of the latest "let’s all misinterpret the science" story. Yes, it’s the "Religious belief can help relieve pain, say … Continue reading

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So van Gogh Was Killed…

I don’t know who this Christopher Howse person is, but he strikes me as being either a) an idiot or b) will write any old tosh for money. Either way, his piece in today’s Telegraph leaves a particularly nasty taste … Continue reading

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A Fair(y) Tale

Alright children, gather round and let uncle Geoff tell you all about the tale of Copyright and Fair Use. Once upon a time…         (hat tip to Nina Paley). Oh, and may I just say that I … Continue reading

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