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International Dumb Day 2010

I may* be slightly over-grumpy on account of having a stinking cold that’s left me working on spreadsheets while cats shout at me every time I sneeze, but really, today does seem to have been blighted by some remarkable tech-related news. First, from the BBC: First human ‘infected with computer virus’. Or rather “researcher implants […]

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The Defenders

While waiting for the film to start yesterday we had a rifle through the south bank book market outside the NFT, and I came across this. It’s from early 1953 and contains one of Philip K Dick’s earliest published short stories – it’s listed seventh in my rather battered copy of Beyond Lies the Wub, […]

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Welcome to the Space Show (宇宙ショーへようこそ)

Watching anime films in the UK is, by and large, a waiting game. If you speak little or no Japanese there’s the wait for films to be subtitled (or, if you’re unlucky, dubbed) and even once that’s completed any possible UK release tends to lag behind the US, which in turn lags behind Japan. Sometimes […]

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Election graphs revisited

I never did hear back from Simon Nundy about his campaign’s dodgy use of graphs with misleading titles. But look, I made him a new one from the 2010 results: Obviously I took the results from Hackney because, you know, they make the point better. But it still works, right?

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In which Hunter predicts the election

So, yeah, the election. Urgh. But there was one shining beacon of hope and joy: the first ever Hither Green CatPoll. We opened the custom-designed polling station at 10pm: And there was an early showing of interest from the electorate: As the evening dragged on, though, voter apathy struck. Ralph fell asleep in the kitchen […]

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“My tongue is sharper then any sword”

I never got around to reading the Scott Pilgrim books – what with Drawn and Quarterly‘s fantastic online shop I already spend far too much on importing Canadian comics – but with a film apparently due and UK editions available I finally picked up a copy, only to be reduced to giggles on the train […]

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Simon Nundy has his graph backwards

Simon Nundy is the Conservative candidate for Mayor of Lewisham. On his website you’ll find this graph: Eagle eyed Lewisham residents will note, of course, that there was no Lewisham Mayoral election in 2008. The last was in 2006. More importantly, that election saw the Lib Dems come in second (18,889) behind Labour (25,129), with […]

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What I did on my (bank) holiday

I’ve experimented with merging multiple photo exposures together a few times now. Four years or so ago I managed to cobble two photos from a Pentax *ist DL together with the help of a lot of layer masking, and the result was okayish. In 2007, and armed with a copy of Photoshop CS3, I managed […]

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