Here is a table showing projected growth in real GDP per capita [*] for 2007-08, according to IMF data released this month: 2007-082008-092009-10 Canada0.0%0.6%2.0% France0.8%0.7%2.0% Germany1.5%1.1%1.9% Italy-0.1%-0.1%0.4% Japan1.4%1.6%1.8% United Kingdom1.3%1.4%2.1% United States-0.5%-0.4%1.9% In other words, credible independent people who understand economic forecasting (note: not people who couldn't tell GDP from a CDR but who think … Continue reading Sky in ‘not falling’ shock
A question for the multiplicity of blogging non-bigots [*] who support the Ham & High's decision to run an advert for the BNP ahead of the current London elections on Voltaire-ish 'free speech for all, however disgraceful' grounds: would you have supported the H&H on the same grounds had it run an advert advocating the … Continue reading I’d defend to the death your right to say anything… err, except for that
Tom Lehrer is 80 today. Which is nice, since when I saw references to him on other blogs I assumed he'd died. Sheer genius. I'm entertained by this comment from CT: The world really needs more like him – brilliant math teachers who are brilliant parodists and public intellectuals on the side. Yes, this is … Continue reading Life is, indeed, skittles and beer
This is awesome statistical-demographic stuff. Combined with Rick Astley and depraved Japanese pornography, it's precisely what the Internet was invented for... [via Matt]
The world's first ever Rickmob happened yesterday at Liverpool Street station. Awesome stuff. Added bonus: if you watch the video, you may notice a special guest appearance from your effervescent host...
It's reasonably silly that you can get a qualification as a homeopath, given the complete lack of potential for an unlicensed homeopath to do any harm or for a licensed one to do any good ("you've been struck off the homeopath's register for actually giving someone a traceable amount of medicine", etc). But it's absolutely … Continue reading From the department of ‘couldn’t make it up’
So, it transpires that Apple will launch a 3G iPhone within 60 days. Thanks for announcing that the same day my new TyTn II arives...
There used to be an excellent website of bad celebrity name puns called The Wesley Snipes Archive. Sadly, the old link for it is buggerised. Anyone know if this still exists in any format? (note: I've tried the Wayback Machine, but for some moronic reason the site owner vetoed it in his robots file...)