Monthly Archives: August 2006

More prescience from JSM

John Suart Mills’s depressive breakdown is most movingly described by his autobiography: what makes it fascinating is that it was a crisis of ideas as well as of emotions and desires. Some of them — such as the one I … Continue reading Continue reading

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A note from John Stuart Mill

I was reading “his autobiography”:http://www.utilitarianism.com/millauto/three.html for an intro to Quinn’s Prank (column to come) and came across this: bq. Writing for the press, cannot be recommended as a permanent resource to any one qualified to accomplish anything in the higher … Continue reading Continue reading

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This baby seal walks into a club …

A lovely story out of “Svenska Dagbladet”:http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/inrikes/did_13506109.asp that a cookbook has been published, in Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish simultaneously, containing twelve recipes for seal. There is a “more detailed treatment”:http://www.expressen.se/index.jsp?a=660236 of this important story n _Expressen,_ where the editor of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Journalists and phone tapping

An “interesting article”:http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/article/100806/fleet_street_screwed in the _UK Press Gazette_ on the ramifications of the recent arrest of the _News of the World’s_ royal editor on charges of reading the voicemail of members of the royal household. Right down at the end, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fun in the lunchbreak

Well, it turns out that -all the people- Tom Morris, who commented on “my troubles”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/archives/2006/08/12/the_rapacity_of.html#001832 with a mac minis was right, and that I could without too much trouble open up a mac mini. There are only eleven screws and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Double or quits?

Bruce “Brute” Anderson was an inspired choice as an _Independent_ columnist who would disturb the readers’ liberal sensibilities. He’s not stupid and he’s not nice: his trademark is aggressive contempt. All successful political columnists are interested in power and respectful … Continue reading Continue reading

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The rapacity of Apple

My mother’s Mac mini died on Thursday. The hard disk went. It was about fifteen months old and had seen very light usage indeed. So I took it into the Apple centre i Cambridge, where they sucked their teeth and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Readers write

I had “a piece in Salon”:http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/08/11/brown/index.html yesterday, which may have drawn more feedback than I saw, since the boilerplate at the foot of the article points to an address I shut down years ago because of the spam. The letters … Continue reading Continue reading

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Wildlife in Malmö

From _Svenska Dagbladet_ “today”:http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/inrikes/did_13430902.asp bq. A family of wild mink is persecuting swimmers at Ribersborgs coldwater swimming pool in Malmö. Last week a man had to go to hospital after being bitten on the big toe. The mink also crap … Continue reading Continue reading

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Unexpected bonus

Some effects of the bomb plot which are of parochial interest: # The Stop Stansted Expansion campaign has just won. No one is going to want to travel on a plane without any form of distraction, unless in a wondow … Continue reading Continue reading

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