Monthly Archives: November 2004

cross cultural comparisons

I don’t know, and can’t easily imagine, what the reaction would be in other countries if a powerful newspaper announced that the Minister of Justice wanted DNA tests done to establish that he, and not her husband, was the father … Continue reading Continue reading

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half a bottle will do

I have been showing my aged mother around Rome: hence no posts, though I may put up some photographs. The _Financial Times_ recommended a restaurant in via pellegrino, _ai bric,_ which was remarkable for two reasons. The windows showed a … Continue reading Continue reading

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notes from the blizzard

Perhaps the spookiest thing about my DNS adventures is that they showed me again how much spam is out there. When I slaughtered the darwinwars.com domain, I took Pair’s advice and set almost all mail there to be dropped rather … Continue reading Continue reading

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dancing with dogs

Really for the benefit of Ben Hammersley I would like to record that I saw “Mary Ray,”:http://www.maryray.co.uk/freestyle.html the woman who dances with dogs, in action at a dog show yesterday. The only comparably grotesque performance I have ever seen involved … Continue reading Continue reading

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Back in the world

Anyone who sent me email in the last four days might want to resend it. This domain fell off the internet because the notice to renew my lease on the name went to a contact address I had slaughtered in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Carl Bildt in Berlin

Someone who works in Downing Street gave me a copy of a speech that had really impressed him. It turned out to be “Carl Bildt’s”:http://www.bildt.net/ recent “speech in Berlin.(Breathe out: it’s in English)”:http://www.bildt.net/dbdocuments/cb000087.doc I used to know Bildt slightly when … Continue reading Continue reading

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Phish story

Had one this morning which made me think twice, because I had in fact used paypal yesterday, and forgotten my password for a moment when I was doing so. bq. It has come to our attention that when logging into … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fan mail

I can’t resist this, a response to the latest “wormseye.”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/wormseyeview/story/0,,1346288,00.html bq(loony). So? Am I stupid or something? This guy doesn’t make much sense. By the time he finishes rambling I don’t know which side he’s on. He can’t dpo anything … Continue reading Continue reading

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DRM stupidity

Here is a nice example of technology making things worse. I need to reread the detective novels of Maj Sj Continue reading

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a very funny film

The [“Leningrad Cowboys”:imdb:Leningrad Cowboys go America] have competition. We finally got round to watching [“A mighty wind”:imdb:might+wind] last night, Christopher Guest’s take on folk music, and it took about ten minutes longer than the running time, simply because we kept … Continue reading Continue reading

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