Monthly Archives: April 2008

Timewasting notes

* A new hazard of technology: “Roz Kaveney complains”:http://rozk.livejournal.com/199421.html that every time she asks in a department store for a black beret, she is sent to the electronics department. * A nice touch from Gideon Rachman’s FT blog: bq. As … Continue reading

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A distinctive programme

I maintain in my own usage a distinction between “program” and “programme”. This doesn’t depend on whether I am writing to Americans or not. The distinction is between two referents (I nearly wrote “things”, but neither are tangible). A _program_ … Continue reading Continue reading

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Readers more fluent in German than I

Should hurry to this essay on Joseph Weizenbaum (pdf, found through wikipedia). I don’t have any problem with accompanying biography, but the essay on his philosophical position is a bit much when I can’t find the dictionary. But it has … Continue reading Continue reading

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hymns for public execution

I note that Bishop Alan Wilson is celebrating an earlier Buckinghamshire Vicar who went mad but not before writing a hymn which was was thought suitable for public executions. What hymns would readers wish to hear at such a moment … Continue reading Continue reading

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Quicks and squicks

* You know the little children who tug at you to try a different shop when you walk through a bazaar? Amazon just turned your cellphone into one of of these (I write “cellphone” because it seems to be a … Continue reading Continue reading

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What we learn from polls

via _Crooked Timber,_ the purest possible illustration of the thesis that to many Americans “Muslim” means “dark and dangerous“, nothing more: bq. There is little evidence that the recent news about Obama’s affiliation with the United Church of Christ has … Continue reading Continue reading

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Kuka Mitä Häh?

The Leningrad Cowboys perform Sweet Home Alabama, backed by the Red Army Choir. The Leningrad Cowboys are the stars of [“the greatest film about America and Rock and Roll”:imdb:Leningrad Cowboys go america] ever made; there is a clip from that … Continue reading Continue reading

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