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London Cycle Hire: good, but not great

The hideously named Barclays Cycle Hire scheme – also known as borisbikes, kencycles, bankerbikes and so on – has been running for a few weeks now, and after a slow start I’ve finally had time to try it a few times. So is it any good? Well sort of. Ish. Maybe. From the perspective of […]

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On Kon

A couple of years ago I woke up on a plane, too early, half-way across the Atlantic. After a failed attempt to switch my brain back off again I flicked through the in-flight system, past a whole truckload of tedious shit, and settled upon one of the few Japanese programmes – an animated film about […]

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Star Letter – the clue’s in the name

Here’s the Star Letter in our local paper, the News Shopper, this week: Thanks to Clay Harris for scanning this and posting it online. And here’s the response from the News Shopper this morning (read from the bottom up): I’m not going to go into detail as this has all been covered more comprehensively elsewhere, […]

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The iLife? No, thanks.

With perhaps perfect timing, I emerged back onto the internet after a week or so away just in time to see this piece in the Evening Standard: Living the iLife. The lede sums up the tone: Techno-savvy Londoners are abandoning their worldy (sic) possessions and instead living their lives out of a laptop. The digital […]

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28% Extra Free!

Tedious housekeeping notice: I’ve adjusted my WordPress template to take advantage of Flickr’s newerer, bigger(er) images, so please let me know if it breaks horribly in your browser. Also, comments were being held for moderation because I forgot to reset the options after getting back to the UK – that’s now fixed, so if you’ve […]

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Kefalonia

Last year’s holiday planning got slightly out of hand: despite turning on the computer to look for cheap flights to somewhere with a beach and not many people we ended up in Tokyo (beaches: none, except an oddly-named mall on Odaiba, people: lots). This year things went more to plan, and less overbudget. So off […]

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Of tea. And kittens.

Last week, on a whim, I made a little website called www.teaandkittens.co.uk. As it turns out, people like tea and kittens. Quite a lot. And some of them even visited the website to see some photos. In the few days since launch it’s served up over 13,000 pageviews to just under 2,000 unique visitors – […]

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How to remove “Who to follow” from Twitter

Twitter’s new “Who to follow” thing is as dumb as a bag of rocks. Here’s how to remove it from Firefox in ten easy steps: Go here and install the Stylish Firefox extension. Restart when prompted. Click tools, then Add-ons. Click the new User Styles tab Click “Write new style” Give it the name Twitter_WTF, […]

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Garmin Forerunner 405CX Review

For the past year or so I’ve been using a heart rate monitor watch – a Polar F4 – when running. Despite a few really stupid flaws – most notably, it has no light, making it impossible to read if you run early or late in winter – this served me perfectly. After knackering my […]

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Free tools for learning Hiragana

Having finished my Japanese verb learning tool, I thought I’d make something similar for anyone studying hiragana – the first alphabet anyone learns when studying Japanese. Hiragana isn’t particularly tricky – it has around 45 basic characters, but most are quite simple – but learning them for the first time does take a lot of […]

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