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This Royal Pardon Is Wrong

The British Queen has granted a posthumous royal pardon to Alan Turing. I can’t help feeling that this is not right; it is sending entirely the wrong message. I agreed wholeheartedly with the petition raised a few years ago for … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Lenovo Thinkpad 2 -Part II

This is a followup to my last post , which concentrated on the hardware of my recently acquired Lenovo ThinkPad 2, This time I’m looking at the software experience. Well, of course, the software experience is all about the use … Continue reading

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A Boerenbruiloft

Boerenbruiloft is the Dutch word for a farmers’ wedding. Here in the Achterhoek area of the Netherlands, the sense of tradition is still very strong, so last Saturday I was able to be an onlooker of a boerenbruiloft. It was … Continue reading

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The Blog: 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading

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Change of Address

In view of the fact that Microsoft has effectively killed off the use of Windows Live Spaces as a worthwhile blogging platform, I’m stopping this blog and moving to a new address on the web. My ramblings and rantings henceforth … Continue reading

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Hiatus

Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog entry here. It’s partly out of being distracted with other things, and partly because I really have no wish to release a stream of bile on the things that have … Continue reading

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Cutting Your Cloth…

…to fit a false argument. Oh dear, I seem to be very negative today, what with pointing out Madeleine Bunting’s tripe, and now I feel impelled to do the same for Andrew Brown. Well, it’s not as if he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Save the World: Be Heterosexual

That seems to be the gist of the Pope’s Christmas message. On the one hand, I can understand that he is what he is, an old fool who has little understanding of what it is to be human, because his … Continue reading

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Advent Calendars and Nightmares

Over at Obscene Desserts, John Carter-Wood muses on the pleasures of Advent calendars, and, in particular, on the unfolding story that is contained within one that he purchased at his local supermarket. Do go and read about the adventures of … Continue reading

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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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Two Analyses of a Disaster

My understanding of economics is pretty basic. I can understand, and try to follow, the financial principles espoused by Mr. Micawber in Dickens’ David Copperfield: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income … Continue reading

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Center For Inquiry Conference

Yesterday, I had a day out. I travelled to Utrecht to attend a conference, which was held to inaugurate the opening of the Center For Inquiry Low Countries. The CFI is a sort of secular humanist think-tank. Its mission statement … Continue reading

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Geek Toys

I’ve been somewhat distracted of late and neglecting my blogging. Nothing untoward. Part of it has been because of building work here at the farmhouse, part of it is because the garden is waking up unseasonably early from its winter … Continue reading

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Brave New World

The Paleo-Future blog has a 1967 clip of Walter Cronkite interviewing biologist James Bonner who describes a modest proposal for eugenics. Somehow, I think the chances of implementing the proposal are slim, let alone whether it would actually work in … Continue reading

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Hello

I notice that the last entry I wrote on the blog was on the 28th. This is just a note to say that I’m still here, but that things are a trifle busy. Nothing untoward, but I also need to wait … Continue reading

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Eight Random Facts

I’ve been tagged by one of the memes currently doing the rounds of the Blogosphere. The vessel by which the meme reached me is J. Carter Wood, over at Obscene Desserts. The meme challenges me to name eight random facts about … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Richard!

Richard Dawkins is 66 today. One digit short of the mark of the beast, in the eyes of some, no doubt. May he be around to celebrate many more birthdays…

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Touchscreen Take Two

Some time ago, I blogged about a touchscreen interface that had been developed by Jeff Han. Now there’s an article about him and the interface, together with a very impressive video.   A direct link to the video is here … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas…

…Or Yuletide, or Solstice, or Mithras, or whatever turns you on. Martin and I have had a year of changes; ones that have brought us to a point that we both feel positive about. I mean, when you see views … Continue reading

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All Things Must Pass

Today, I was pottering about, as is my wont, when I got a telephone call. "Clare? – Well, how lovely to hear from you". "I have some very bad news, I’m afraid. Mum has died". And with those words, the … Continue reading

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