Yearly Archives: 2008

The shock of Apostasy

I seem to have picked up another fan. A C Grayling, in comments to one of my Guardian blog pieces, says: Andrew; perhaps meditating what tendentiousness you could muster in response to the extraordinary courage of some dozens of people … Continue reading

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Greatest google maps mashup I’ve seen

Hey, what’s that?. Generates a panoramic view with a crib from anywhere in the continental US, and possibly outside it. Awe-inspiring.

Posted in Net stories, nördig, Software | 4 Comments

The street finds its own uses

<!– @page { size: 21cm 29.7cm; margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } –> It turns out that modern graphics cards are so powerful that they can be used to crack the passwords which secure wireless networks more or … Continue reading

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On Friday I put up a piece on the Guardian’s Comment is Free about the hideous philistinism of Andy Burnham, the minister for “Culture, Media and Sport” who wants to turn libraries into community centres, with coffee bars, music, mobile … Continue reading

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The ultimate breakup cookbook, written by a Serb. When not cooking or eating testicles, or helping others to do so, he now runs a company involved in the maintenance of medical and dental equipment. Just in case you felt this … Continue reading

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Jonathan Raban on Sarah Palin

What is most striking about her is that she seems perfectly untroubled by either curiosity or the usual processes of thought. When answering questions, both Obama and Joe Biden have an unfortunate tendency to think on their feet and thereby … Continue reading

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From the department of wtf

The victorious powers [in 1945] were not imperialist, as in 1918, but anti-imperialist: the US and the Soviet Union. This sentence occurs in the LRB review of Mark Mazower’s Hitler’s Empire. It is written by the newly appointed Regius Professor … Continue reading

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Wonderful fanmail

I think this is the best response I could possibly have had to the Worm book: Hi Andrew We read of your book in the FT about Sweden being great Swedophiles – it was a great book capturing lots of … Continue reading

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Penis envy

I bumped into my old friend Brian Harris outside the butcher’s, and he had a brand new Nikon D700 with which he had just spent four days shooting behind the scenes at the National Theatre for the Economist’s Intelligent Life … Continue reading

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A new blog

I have started a blog on god over at the Guardian’s site. All sane and civilised comments welcome. It will presumably impact on posting frequency here, unless I manage to find some way to post stuff simultaneously at both places.

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