Monthly Archives: October 2005

Happy dance

_Granta_ is going to take my piece about Sorsele (where the photo above was taken). It wasn’t at all what I set out to write there. But it’s not at all bad. I will make another smug little post when … Continue reading Continue reading

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With enough eyeballs, all bugs are invisible

An interesting test case for open source boosterism is provided by the release of OpenOffice.org 2.0 this week. I have been using this product since long before it was usable, out of a mixture of perversity, stinginess, and vague anti-Microsoft … Continue reading Continue reading

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Convention and welfare

I have been working on a long piece about the ideas of “Herbert Gintis”:http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~gintis/ for the _Guardian,_ and there are some bits left over after I rolled it al out and cut it to fit the tin. The broader message … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Carey problem

I promised myself that I wouldn’t write any more about George Carey once he retired. But the bugger won’t _stay_ retired. He continues to regard himself as the man in charge of the Anglican Communion and to [“dispense advice”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/12/nchur12.xml] and … Continue reading Continue reading

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A cautionary tale

Three names to avoid – “Internet Buyer Direct,(Internet Buyer Direct sucks)”:http://www.studentcomputers.co.uk/ “Student computers,(Student Computers uk sucks)”:http://www.internetbuyerdirect.com/ “Communication4. (Communication4 sucks)”:http://www.internetbuyerdirect.com/ They all seem to be the same -firm- man, operating from somewhere[1] in the West Country. They sell refurbished notebooks and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Asylum seekers spread it with every breath

Just when you think the _Mail_ can’t possibly surpass its discovery of the threat posed to life by “dihydrogen monoxide,”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/archives/001495.html it comes up with a headline like this. And the deadly gas in question … …is… [” carbon dioxide!”:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=365038&in_page_id=1774&in_a_source=] Now … Continue reading Continue reading

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High class busking

This is glorious. John M Ford has started selling his “poems and parodies”:http://www.cafepress.com/speceng printed on T shirts. I love the idea of poetry being sold on T shirts rather than in paperbacks which cost almost as much and will be … Continue reading Continue reading

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You’ll all laugh

But my ignorance of vegetables is unbounded. A friend gave my wife a chili bush of some sort, which was planted in the garden. It has small white star-shaped flowers, and bears these fruits: They are surprisingly hot. But does … Continue reading Continue reading

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Once in a while

You get shown the light in “The Orlando Sentinel”:http://www.orlandosentinel.com/technology/orl-obscene08_105oct08,0,4482964.story if you look at it right. Chris Wilson, the man who ran the “NTFU”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/archives/001577.html#1694 board, has been busted by the local police on obscenity charges. This probably doesn’t affect the running … Continue reading Continue reading

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A great Gledhill story

bq. The way Erickson hoisted the host over his head and held it aloft for a minute or more made a vivid contrast to the perfunctory elevation that the senior priests favored. Tears rolled down his cheeks during the ceremony. … Continue reading

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