Argh!

It seems that while I survived Christmas, my laptop wasn’t quite so lucky. Following the trip to my parents’ it wouldn’t turn on properly. Briefly there was hope, as I got into Windows and got online. Then, just as all…

Listless

The Best of the Festive Season Lists list will have to wait a few days, I think. And not just because of the usual post-Christmas listlessness (or 2009, as some people are already calling it); mostly, I just haven’t spent…

Well, everyone else is at it

Ah, yes, it’s that time of the year again – list time. The shopping list, the Christmas card list, the Amazon Wish List, the walking unsteadily home from yet another Christmas party list, and of course the sundry and various…

Lives will be ruined, I tell you…

When I wrote a post about The Pirate’s Dilemma back in March it seems I didn’t quite think through the full awful implications of the book’s central thesis. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still broadly in agreement that faced with…

Write or Die

Don’t worry, that wasn’t an ultimatum, just the name of a new internet widgety thing that someone called Doctor Wicked* has helpfully created for those of us among the writing professions who seem to be eternally governed by Newton’s lesser-known…

Spotify – not sure about the name, but liking the service

When you’ve been too busy to mess around much on the internet, or go through the thousands of items that have built up in your Google Reader feeds, it can be a bit difficult to come up with something to…

The sun’s gone dim and the sky’s turned black

This week The Times gave away Joy Division’s final album Closer*, doubtless lifting the national mood no end – in the present financial climate shouldn’t it be looking to keep readers, not give them yet more encouragement to leap from…

I always knew it would be the Swiss who'd end the world. Or at least announce the exact timing of it with a loud 'Cuckoo!'

Despite the concerted efforts of hundreds of absurdly intelligent men and women in white coats – not to mention the bloke who soundtracked New Labour’s 1997 rise to power (surely a sign of nascent evil genius) – ensconced for years…

Friday links

Yep, after last week’s unexplained* absence they’re back again – the Friday Links: You(niversity)Tube The latest educational resource to hit YouTube: The Open University. TED has some new ways of searching through its extensive catalogue of online talks and lectures.…

X-bykes and eGovernment

In an effort to stay only about a week or two behind Boing Boing, a few days behind Wired, and probably about 6 months behind at least one disdainful and bizarrely embittered sounding commenter beneath virtually every Wired story I’ve…

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