Monthly Archives: August 2010

Afghan Images

Future Perfect is a blog written by Jan Chipchase, who used to work for Nokia, and who now works for a design and innovation company. He specialises in in taking teams of concept/industrial designers, psychologists, usability experts, sociologists, and ethnographers … Continue reading

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The Pope and Gorgeous Georg

Colm Tóibín has a very good article in the London Review of Books looking at the issue of homosexuality and the Catholic Church. It’s long and it’s worth reading.

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“I Believe in Wallace Stevens”

I didn’t know who Wallace Stevens was until I listened to A. S. Byatt. In this interview, her thoughts and ideas are simply scintillating. Well worth watching. What I want to know is, what is the significance of the roll … Continue reading

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Augmented City 3D

Keiichi Matsuda has created a short film to illustrate the idea of the real world augmented by fully 3D computer interfaces. Think of Minority Report, and you’ll get some idea. Augmented City 3D from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo. The … Continue reading

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The Acid Tanks Await

I’ve always had this inkling feeling that the Transhumanist singularity is nothing much more than a rather daft idea peddled by the likes of Ray Kurzweil. It’s a topic that comes up for regular chewing over in the science blogosphere, … Continue reading

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I never fail to admire the barmaid’s ability to cut through nonsense to the heart of the matter.

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Geotagging in Windows Live Photo Gallery–Part 2

Last month, I wrote about my findings on the experience in using the Beta of Windows Live Photo Gallery to geotag my photos. I wasn’t too impressed with the experience. This week, a second beta of WLPG was released by … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem

We had a telephone call last night that underlined the importance of carpe diem – seizing the day and living life while you can. The daughter of a friend of ours rang to give us the news that Maaike had … Continue reading

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A Message That’s Missing A Word

Someone with more time on his hands than sense decided to use a GPS logger to spell out the message “Read Ayn Rand” in letters that cover the whole of the USA. As someone else comments on the story, we … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law

Last Thursday night was the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The sky was reasonably clear, so I stayed out for about ninety minutes at around midnight. I saw a number of Perseids, but nowhere near the 60 per … Continue reading

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A Day Out

Yesterday I left Martin in charge of the dogs while I travelled to Rotterdam for a day out with a couple of old colleagues. I arrived at midday, and the original plan was to stroll from Central Station down to … Continue reading

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An Unmitigated Disaster?

Apparently, there may be a further beta of Wave 4 of the Windows Live Essentials suite released next week. I’m beginning not to care any more, since Microsoft appear to have damaged the brand with what has already been released. … Continue reading

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Sherlock – A Triumph

After last week’s dog’s dinner, last night’s final episode of Sherlock was a triumph in every way. Razor-sharp writing from Mark Gatiss and terrific performances from the cast. And typical of Gatiss’ audacity to leave us with a cliffhanger ending … Continue reading

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A Monstrous Carbuncle

I see that BBC Four have set aside two hours tonight to transmit a two–part televisual biography of Bruce Chatwin, done by Nicholas Shakespeare. This should be worth watching. Shakespeare wrote what must surely be the definitive biography of Bruce … Continue reading

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Polygyny Is Bad For You

Tom Rees, over at Epiphenom, draws our attention to some fascinating research: Polygamy is pretty popular. Most pre-industrial societies were polygamous in some way, and there are increasing pressures in the west for polygamy to be legalised. After all, it’s … Continue reading

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Through A Glass, Darkly

A web site that I often visit is Golden Age Comic Book Stories. The curator (Mr. Door Tree) often amazes me with visual treasures from comic book art and book illustrations. Today, I see that he has another serving of … Continue reading

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Science Fiction – Double Feature

A wonderfully evocative tribute using a song from Rocky Horror. Ah, it brings back memories…

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Hitchens: No Deathbed Conversion

And in yet another post on Christopher Hitchens, here’s an interview with him. The lion still has a roar, but not for much longer, I fear. He is deep into the land of malady. Nevertheless, it’s good to hear direct … Continue reading

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RIP, Tony Judt

Tony Judt has died. I have read very little of his work, but what little I have, makes me think that I should seek out more. Sample: “History can show you that it was one pile of bad stuff after … Continue reading

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How Do Atheists Face Death?

Yesterday, I mentioned the article by Christopher Hitchens about his entry into the land of malady. It’s an article that has been picked up by many people in the blogosphere, including PZ Myers, over at Pharyngula. But what caught my … Continue reading

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