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Happy “PC Brigade Kills Christmas” Month

This kind of thing is why I hate December. Example: “The letter was a reaction to an alleged attempt by Birmingham City Council to re-name the festive celebrations ‘Winterval’ and allegations that Luton was trying to re-fashion Christmas as a winter Harry Potter festival by changing the name of its lights to ‘Luminos’.” It’s a […]

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Wise words this festive season

“What my father figured out was if you can’t get out, you just either blow something up, or you eat something, or you just throw penguins in the air.” – Brian Henson From the excellent Muppet Wiki – and there’s an article on Sam the Eagle, too.

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Shortcomings

Spotted this in Foyles yesterday – the last few Optic Nerve editions (the ones about Ben Tanaka) collected into a hardback published by Faber in the UK, and also on Amazon. I’ve been following this series since I ran across a copy of Tomine’s Sleepwalk and other stories a few years back and proceeded to […]

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New favourite iPhone review

From Carrie Brownstein’s NPR blog: “So, now I have a phone that can tell me the weather. Currently, my phone says it is 55 degrees and raining. Awesome, now I don’t need to look out my window; it does take a lot of energy to rotate my neck. In fact, I’ll just shut the blinds […]

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XO

Cheap laptops, Elliott Smith, Sanrio characters – they’re all there in what must be the best Wikipedia disambiguation list ever.

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Linguistic jujitsu

I don’t read many technology magazines for fun – it’s something of a busman’s holiday – but I do read Wired. This month’s issue is pretty good, and it contains this article on the linguistics of the evolution vs. creationism debate. Excerpt: For truly solid-gold, well-established science, let’s stop using the word theory entirely. Instead, […]

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Starting fresh

This evening I discovered that the old front page of this site, which contained a couple of links to other content held on my server, had been hacked. Not particularly badly – some evil person had managed to edit index.html and add some links to extremely dodgy porn sites at the very bottom of the […]

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