Monthly Archives: June 2010


An instructive video pointing out why I get extremely exasperated by people who claim "It can’t be just coincidence – there’s something spooky going on!". The only thing going on is that they aren’t using their brains properly.    

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Left Hand, Meet Right Hand…

Sometimes, I despair about Microsoft. Far from being “the evil empire”, I often wonder how it can manage to walk and chew gum at the same time. For example, here’s Angus Logan, the Senior Technical Product Manager for Messenger Connect … Continue reading

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Contempt For The Customer

Microsoft is about to launch the next major version of Windows Live, the so-called Wave 4. I’ve already blogged about the fact that we’ve discovered at least one nasty surprise in amongst all the new features: Microsoft has removed the … Continue reading

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Another Defence of the Burqa

I referred a short while back to a good post from Steve Zara on why the burqa should not be banned. Now, Norm draws my attention to an equally good post on the same subject from Kenan Malik. The heart … Continue reading

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The Bechdel Test

The author, Alison Bechdel, is credited for getting the meme spread on what has now become known as "The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies"       While ostensibly raising an intriguing fact about film, it does, of course, … Continue reading

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Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the new novel by David Mitchell. It is set at the end of the 18th Century, mainly in the Dutch trading post on the artificial island of Dejima in the bay of … Continue reading

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Smile for Today

I find Jan Chipchase’s blog on his observations of cultures very interesting. Sometimes, it’s the simple things such as incongruence that does it.

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