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Friday September 30, 2005
Google school: using synonyms
It's all about the tilde [~]
Restore your iPod nano to new condition with a $4 can of Brasso
It's not the Brasso but the micro fibre cloth that does the trick I suspect...
Thursday September 29, 2005
Wednesday September 28, 2005
Study suggests that religion makes democratic societies less moral [via David Galbraith]
"In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies."
ID cards will control Big Brother state, says Home Secretary
In other news, black is now white, up replaces down and back replaces forward.
Tuesday September 27, 2005
Falklands penguins stay snug and secure in minefields.
Which protect them from people and sheep.
'Mousewives' drive the net revolution
Women drive forward the increasing use of computers in the home apparently. Wonder if they're setting up home networks as well??
What makes an idea viral?
"Notice that ideas never spread because they are important to the originator."
Knockoff batteries cause Nikon D70s to explode
Eeek.... And the Jessops man wondered why I wanted a Nikon spare battery and not an own brand one...
Monday September 26, 2005
Sunday September 25, 2005
Compare web fonts on screen, including letter and line spacing and text and background colours.
Saturday September 24, 2005
Innocent in London
The joys of being arrested for being a techie with a rucksack in a tube station.
What to do when something goes wrong
A wee primer for UK [computer] consumers.
Is "Homicide: Life on the Streets" the best US TV series ever?
Amongst the best, along with the early years of China Beach...
Downloading For The Greater Good, or why you should download term papers
Not quite Jonathan Swift but a topical satire nonetheless.
Last.fm powered by audioscrobbler
Yet another social music revolution: now seems to work much better than it used to [at least on my laptop, lord only knows what it'll do with the iPod...]
Not for tourists
A city guide for residents, not tourists [major US cities only...].
Ask Jeeves decides to axe Jeeves
"Iconic" valet character set to disappear as the public face of the Ask search site.
Friday September 23, 2005
George Monbiot: It would seem that I was wrong about big business
Corporations are ready to act on global warming [allegedly...] but are thwarted by UK ministers who resist regulation under the guise of not interfering in the market.
Cyclist death and injury toll hits record levels in Lothian
Lothian and Borders Police will [of course] focus on stopping cyclists "flaunting the law" rather than prosecuting car drivers for "breaking" the law.
Thursday September 22, 2005
Label watch: Diet cola
Learn what those ingredients really do to you...
Wednesday September 21, 2005
Nokia sells one-billionth mobile phone
Nokia now the McDonalds of technology, apparently...
NTSB recommends cellphone ban for teen drivers
"So once again, Big Government is trying to step all over our right to endanger ourselves and others while barreling down the highway. First they forced us to wear uncomfortable seat belts..."
Monday September 19, 2005
There Goes Another Pension Plan...
How corporate turn-around 'experts' in the US increasingly make companies profitable again by jettisoning their pension plans.
Top Ten Symptoms of Political Misery Syndrome
Apparently some people over-analyse their working environments...
12 Ways Men Became Sissies & Whiners
A macho man speaks out.
Saturday September 17, 2005
The last writhings of a society left beached by history
Max Hastings on the Unionist problem in Northern Ireland.
Sunday September 11, 2005
Ringo Starr's birthplace to be bulldozed
Council says it was of "no historical significance". Just like the Council then.
A Deepening Gloom About Ground Zero's Future

A rebuilding effort that was originally cast as a symbolic rising from the ashes has long since turned into a hallucinogenic nightmare: a roller coaster ride of grief, naïveté, recriminations, political jockeying and paranoia.

Saturday September 10, 2005
BBC NEWS | Magazine | The modern rules of advertising?
Including the very true "Any act of male stupidity (e.g. walking across a clean floor in muddy boots, putting the dog in the dishwasher, etc.) will be met with a wry smile, not genuine annoyance/anger."
Daring Fireball: The iTunes 5 Announcement From the Perspective of an Anthropomorphized Brushed Metal User Interface Theme
Says Jason: "If you're a Mac nerd, you'll love this because it's pretty damn funny and if you're not, you probably won't get it."
Tuesday September 6, 2005
Poor suffered brunt of Katrina's wrath
People living in the path of Hurricane Katrina's worst devastation were twice as likely as most Americans to be poor and without a car says analysis of census data. [via slacktivist]
Monday September 5, 2005
Sunday September 4, 2005
The Non-Expert: Feeding your guests, despite yourself.
Aka how to cook for a dinner party.
Anger as experts claim dyslexia is a myth
Academics call into question the value of separating those with difficulty in reading into dyslexics and "ordinary poor readers", when the treatment is the same for both groups.
Republicans accused of witch-hunt against climate change scientists
"A far-reaching inquiry into the careers of three of the US's most senior climate specialists has been launched by Joe Barton, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on energy and commerce. He has demanded details of all their sources of funding, methods and everything they have ever published."

Fellow Republican Sherwood Boehlert, chairman of the house science committee, described his colleague's actions as "misguided and illegitimate".
New Scientist - Most scientific papers are probably wrong
"Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true."
Saturday September 3, 2005
Maureen Dowd: The United States of Shame
"W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives."
The semi-redemption of Henry Blodget
"Be honest here. Did you buy bubble stocks like eToys or Pets.com because Henry Blodget told you to? Of course you didn't. You bought them because, like everyone else around you, you had taken leave of your senses."