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Wednesday December 28, 2005
Tuesday December 27, 2005
One in five blogs is a spam blog (or splog)
Only one out of five?? That's all??
Monday December 26, 2005
The best and worst of 2005 - the cult-cha version
"It's been a bad year for John Peel fans. All the tributes and the publishing of his book, Margrave of the Marshes, have only made us miss him more."
The question: Is it a good idea to drink your own urine?
The answer: of course not. What the hell were you thinking??
Sunday December 25, 2005
Worth more than a Peep
"You know that Peepshow is cutting-edge comedy when it gets ignored by the boring conformists of the British Comedy Awards."
Saturday December 24, 2005
Student finds a stolen thesis by thinking like a thief
And why did she have to think like a thief? Because she didn't back up her data before it was stolen.
8 Tips From A Last Minute Christmas Shopper
I love it when people's cynicism shines through...
18 Lessons I’ve Learnt about Blogging
Most of which apply just as well to real life..
All Hail The New York Transit Worker
"'Twas five days before Christmas and all through the town;
Not a train was up running, they'd all been shut down
John Battelle on the future of online search
"I think the hardest thing in the world is how to ask the right question, it is not how to find the answer"
Friday December 23, 2005
Green groups denounce EU deal on cod
EU Governments continue to refuse to accept that [in commercial terms] there are no bloody fish left.
The women's petition against coffee (1674)
For the continual sipping of this pittiful drink is enough to bewitch Men of two and twenty, and tie up the Codpice-point without a Charm. It renders them that use it as Lean as Famine, as Rivvel'd as Envy... They come from it with nothing moist but their snotty Noses, nothing stiffe but their Joints

US media bias is real, "finds" UCLA "political scientist"...
"A media person would have never done this study" says the study's author, in a grand bit of unintentional irony.
Roger Ebert's best 10 movies of 2005
Only half of which I've ever heard, and none of which I've seen.
I Don't Smell a Thing
"When your nose doesn't work right, it's hard to tell chocolate from Vicks VapoRub."
Just Van Gogh!
Kottke on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition of Van Gogh's drawings that's closing at the end of December. It's very good, and it was relatively quiet and un-crowded while the MTA was on strike...
Monday December 19, 2005
Saturday December 17, 2005
Wednesday December 14, 2005
Monday December 12, 2005
The Suburban Loft
Not quite the oxymoron you'd expect...
Nine things that make no sense
From our friends as the Plain English Campaign.
Sunday December 11, 2005
New Orleans cuts its poor adrift
Reconstruction for some, antipathy and hostility for others.
Shoot-to-kill: police say more mistakes likely
Nothing like a bit of reassurance, hmm?
££500 fine proposed if you don't co-operate with council tax inspectors
The only thing worse than Council Tax is... Council Tax Mark 2. I am so glad I don't live in England.
Saturday December 10, 2005
C'etait un Rendezvous
130 mph around Paris in a Ferrari. Without Jeremy Clarkson.
Online hotel rating sites driving anxiety into the hearts of many hotel managers
"On these sites, disgruntled guests are free to use their own words to describe the horror of their stay; totally free to alter the facts without comment, explanation, or remedy from the hotel"
Eurobad '74 - via crooked timber
An exhibition of Europe's worst interiors of 1974
The Price of Motherhood
"Ready to have a baby? You'll earn 10 percent more [over the course of your lifetime] if you wait a year."
How planespotters turned into the scourge of the CIA
We now have an answer to the age old question: who's watching the watchers? Planespotters, apparently.
Friday December 9, 2005
Worker Privacy: You have none
If you're in the US that is.
Collaborative meeting/drinks arranger... for everyone who's not sharing the same MS Exchange network...
Understanding Economic Jargon
A meditation on economics and religion.
Google users not your average Internet users
More likely to be from higher income households and to be veteran internet users...
Thursday December 8, 2005
Wednesday December 7, 2005
Sports fans & violence, American style
"The European hooligan thing is really overdone by the US media - it's much worse here"
SomeUS megachurches closing on Christmas
It's because Christmas is on a Sunday you see.
Ofcom targets BBC self-promotion
Because the only thing the BBC advertises is itself. And whatever guest 'stars' are selling.
Monday December 5, 2005
What censorship looks like
Aka what Poles think a Belarus newspaper looks like.
Friday December 2, 2005
Thursday December 1, 2005
Cornell Notetaking Method
Record, Reduce, Recite, Reflect and Review. Apparently.
The Christian Paradox
"America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior."