Added by Paul 05 December 2009 08:24
Added by Paul 05 December 2009 15:16
It's almost possible to feel sorry for Brown. Not quite. But nearly. His dismal reign is nearly over thankfully - I don't have sufficient historical perspective to judge but he is surely one of the least popular and ineffectual Prime Ministers of all time.
Anyway, I thought for a second he'd said something of merit. He said
"...we mustn't be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth sceptics"
Maybe he was going to start listening to the Government's chief drug advisor? Or maybe taking a stronger lead on the teaching of ID in schools.
Neither of the above alas. Science when it suits him I think.
Added by Paul 08 December 2009 20:43
A common argument defending the unending erosion of our privacy is a tired and poor one - the old "if you're got nothing to hide".
This is quickly rebuffed. Ask the same person if they'd like to share their bank statements or their medical records. What's wrong - nothing to hide? That's different huh! How about some naked pictures?
Anyway, who'd have thought that the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt would agree with such an unwholesome sentiment?
Added by Paul 11 December 2009 21:07
Tremendous comedy. World class.
A collection of best quotes, etc, on the Guardian website.
"I really enjoyed your novel ... way of writing a fucking awful story" – Malcolm to a hapless Guardian journalist.
Anyway, last episode of the series tomorrow night. Can't wait.
Added by Paul 13 December 2009 16:54
aka Bad Science man at the Guardian.
He really is fantastic.
"We're predisposed to undervalue adverse outcomes which are a long way off, especially if we might be old or dead soon. We're inherently predisposed to find cracks in evidence that suggests we should do something we don't want to do, hence the enduring appeal of stories about alcohol being good for you."
"Then, of course, the media privilege foolish contrarian views because they have novelty value, and also because 'established' views get confused with 'establishment' views, and anyone who comes along to have a pop at those gets David v Goliath swagger.
Added by Paul 14 December 2009 21:14
A great photography blog.
Added by Paul 15 December 2009 12:47
Added by Paul 16 December 2009 08:30
Great article in The Onion.
It has always rather amused me that Christian literalists believe the universe is roughly 6 thousand years old. Some centuries after the Sumerians invented glue! Or a considerable length of time after dogs had been domesticated.
Still, there's no point trying to convince them.
Added by Paul 16 December 2009 21:44
It's not just me!
I have any number of different ways of accessing google services. Adwords, gmail, pnixon.org documents, intuitive documents. How did I get into such a pickle?
God knows. Can anything be done about it? I don't think so.
Microsoft, shambolic charlatans in so many ways, at least have their passport thingy which provides a unified way to access their services.
Added by Dave 16 December 2009 21:49
Some guy shows you all the samples used live on Ableton. Better than I've made it sound
Added by Reuben 19 December 2009 16:23
Best one of these i've seen.. by miles
Added by Paul 19 December 2009 20:55
Excellent. Massively multi-player.
Added by JamesN 23 December 2009 12:13
Michael Schumacher signs for Mercedes, whatever your standpoint on the great man, this is surely going to be one of the most exciting seasons ever.
Yay, oh fucking yay - I can once again have more than just a passing interest in formula one.
Remember his last three laps in Brazil 2006?
Added by Paul 24 December 2009 19:15
I've just watched a few episodes of Jamie Oliver's Christmas shows.
Am I alone I thinking there are rather wondeful?