Monthly Archives: January 2004

What must an elk do to get served?

_Dagens Nyheter_ reports that an elk has done a runner from a restaurant in the centre Kungsbacka, a small town south of Göteborg. The monarch of the forest had broken in — at lunchtime — thorugh a plate glass window. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Good software is boring

There are two astonishing statistics in the latest OpenOffice.org newsletter. * The first is that nearly 25m downloads of the software have been reported. %(loony)24,800,000% — that’s a lot of 60mb downloads, and the rate is climbing steadily. * The … Continue reading Continue reading

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What kind of a machine is writing this?

One of the most enjoyable things that ever happened to me in the God business was meeting John Lucas, the philosopher who came up with one of the early arguments against AI. It is much more subtle than it’s usually … Continue reading Continue reading

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what kind of a thing might a meme be?

How does meaning emerge in the world? How can it? How did it? What new forms might arise? Continue reading

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Interview technique

Playing the tape of my interview with Dan Dennett, I hear myself, and think ‘what _was_ I thinking’; then I can hear in the following silence the other party thinking the same thing and desperately trying to discover some peg … Continue reading Continue reading

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Creepy liars

I’m not a huge fan of Carl Hiaassen’s, but one of his books has a marvellous PR campaign waged against a crooked theme park. The kind of exuberant lying that both sides indulge in seems like satire, until you read … Continue reading Continue reading

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Downhill from here

In everyone’s professional life, there comes a moment that can never be surpassed. Is it happier not to notice? I don’t know. But for Roger Boyes, the Times‘s man in Germany, the choice is past. Nothing can ever live up … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hot geek news

The latest developer build of OOo is slithering out: it has, I hope, integrated python scripting, along with a number of bug fixes that I don’ t understand. I have merely downloaded it, and not played with it at all, … Continue reading Continue reading

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The ideal birthday present

For anyone worth knowing must be this. If they don’t get the joke, they are too young to be worth knowing at all. Continue reading

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Tragedy

There is a long interview in Ha’aretz with Benny Morris, an Israeli historian(“via”:http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/003030.html ). He has done more than anyone else to expose the extent to which Palestinians were deliberately driven out of Iarael in 1948, and was for many … Continue reading Continue reading

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