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Geeks miss point on Facebook

A silly XKCD today, suggesting that because sensible non-ubergeek people didn’t back open source file formats in the early 2000s, they now have no right to be upset by Facebook’s Doing Great Evil.

There are only two problems with this analysis:

1) Facebook isn’t doing great evil, at all, and if you think it is then you are a paranoid loony.

Facebook is making money by aggregating user data and selling targeted advertising. Well, yes – that’s what it’s for.

In other news, newspapers exist to sell adverts (with the content being a regrettable but necessary expense to persuade people to read the adverts), and retail banks exist to sell loans (with interest on savings being a regrettable but necessary expense to allow the loans to be made [*], and running current accounts a regrettable but necessary expense to acquire customer relationships). I’ve also got some studies on ursine defecation and Papal religion, if anyone’s unconvinced.

I signed up to Facebook in full knowledge that the company would sell aggregated user data to strategic marketers, and would do its best to target direct marketing to me, to the greatest extent that data protection laws would allow it to. In exchange for which, I’d be provided with a useful social networking infrastructure for bugger all money.

It doesn’t spam me, it doesn’t pass on anything to strangers that I’m not happy for strangers to see. This is win/win.

2) The only people who think Facebook is doing great evil are the same people who wanked smugly on about non-open file formats in 2003.

Well, that one’s not entirely true. Stupid peasants also think Facebook is doing great evil, because they think it’s a tool for murderous paedophiles to groom victims for their doom. But they can safely be ignored.

The people who’re stirring up the current fuss about Facebook privacy, &c &c ad nauseam are total geeks. Half of them weren’t even on bloody Facebook in the first place; and the ones who were are doing ridiculous grandstanding by actually deleting their accounts (rather than tightening their privacy settings if they’re worried that friends might forward stuff to other people, or something).

Meanwhile, normal people continue to use Facebook, hopefully with a little more awareness that posting “lolz I am so wasted, gunna pull a sickie tomorrow hehe” where people who disapprove of wastedness and/or pulling sickies might be able to read it is Unwise.

This is all to the good.

[*] some UK banks during the 2000s thought they could cut out this expense via much cheaper wholesale funding. This proved not to be wholly correct.

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-16

  • I suspect a lot of stupid lies are going to be told in the UK about fairer electoral systems over the next few weeks. #
  • So I re-edited the drunk piece from last night and published it (it's the OneWorld article that I auto-tweeted about 10 mins ago). #
  • Conclusion: I can still do some pretty decent analysis at 4AM – but I also tend to drift into irrelevant anecdotes and libel the French… #
  • RT @davidschneider: "Party like a rock star, look like a movie star, kill like the Death Star, collapse in on yourself like a dwarf star" #
  • Alleged #LabLib offer of AV by legislation, followed by a referendum on STV, would be ace. If Nick Clegg doesn't sign up, he needs shooting #
  • (note to Twitter police: he doesn't actually need shooting) #
  • Geek-crowdsourcing: #Australia and the #UK both use #DVB-T for #DTT, so why can't my UK-bought TV find any digital channels over here? #
  • I have a feeling it's something to do with frequency ranges (my TV asks me which country I'm in for setup, but Aus isn't an option) #
  • I'm hoping the #budget today includes measures that make the AUD fall back to AUD2.5/GBP for 2 weeks, and then recover to current levels #
  • My prediction: no Lib/Con or Lib/Lab pact; Tory minority govt; cuts passed by leaders' consensus (with some Labs and Libs voting against). #
  • Main price is that cuts lighter in Scotland, Wales or NI, in exchange for which Celts agree not to vote on England issues #
  • After a couple of years, the Tories will have a fight about Europe and the government will collapse. Then: more fun & games! #
  • Me at LibCon (erm, that's not a good abbrv this week, is it?) on the fallacy that The Markets require a strong gov't: http://bit.ly/985p8v #
  • This is good. http://thewanderinghedgehog.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/worse-than-a-crime/ #
  • I guess the question is, is anyone actually going to tweet about the #ausbudget, or just about which hashtag we're gonna use? #
  • Oh god. I seem to be following #ge2010 *and* #ausbudget. On the plus side, at least the latter will *probably* only take an evening to sort #
  • Watching the #2girls1cup episode of #Inbetweeners. TV WIN! #
  • Donate and RT, if you care about freedom of speech in the UK, or anywhere where UK legal precedents are considered: http://bit.ly/9I3IC7 #
  • (yes, I know it's technically England & Wales, and anywhere E&W precedents are considered – but Scotland definitely fits latter) #
  • For those who aren't politix geeks, BPS is actually how STV is known internationally. Wouldn't it be luverly if that became accurate? #
  • So, I was wrong about the horse-trading. And am rather angry with Mr Clegg. Posts at Banditry & LC http://bit.ly/aS8vmg http://bit.ly/9RXP5R #
  • In somewhat-overshadowed-by-UK-news news, red-state America has gone insane: http://n.pr/agUtw5 http://bit.ly/91ZC84 #
  • Instead of locking up child refugees, we'll lock up their parents and put them in care. W00t, massive Clegg win. Not. #
  • Pointless boondoggle that would never have made any difference to anything scrapped. Money-saving w00t, otherwise meh #IDcards #
  • If Sunny's sources are right here, then *jesus this sucks*: http://bit.ly/a7x27s – there will be no electoral reform at all. #
  • AV referendum won't pass as Tories will campaign against, and Lords 'reform' is just a commission that can be delayed forever #
  • AV referendum won't pass as Tories will campaign against, and Lords 'reform' = commission that'll be delayed forever, not a commitment #
  • Spectator in "not wrong" shock -> RT @James_Macintyre Spectator declared "victory" because Libs in "non jobs" and praises IDS appmt. #
  • Amused at (left-and-right) libertarian pantwetting over Section 10 of alleged Libservative pact, despite *nothing substantive*! Naivetastic. #
  • "without good reason"? FFS, that *always* just means "unless we say so". Have you lot learned nothing from, erm, all politicians ever? #
  • BTW, I'm talking about Section 10 (Civil Liberties) of the possible leaked Libservative pact: http://bit.ly/cdksD7 @bellagerens and others #
  • Notably missing from the supposed Libservative civil liberties manifesto: any commitment to retain the Human Right Act http://bit.ly/b6UAcW #
  • London buggered as an international air hub. Yeah, thanks. *looking forward to changing at Frankfurt every time I go anywhere* #
  • Whether or not you agree with him, Lord Adonis definitely one of the smartest people to have been in gov't lately – http://bit.ly/d6FPUo #
  • J Galbraith, who knows a lot more about economics than you, on why government deficits don't matter: http://bit.ly/cmcYVG #
  • (if Paul Krugman, or the ghosts of Smith, Keynes or Friedman, feel my last tweet is unfair, then I'll retract it. For anyone else, no.) #
  • Respect to Senator Scott Ludlam of the Australian Greens – a politician? Making total sense? Que? http://bit.ly/c6ls6c (via @NathanaelB) #
  • Damn, gmail is clever: just wrote "I've attached…" in a doc where I'd forgotten the attachment, and it stopped me from sending! #
  • #ebz The Starveling Cat! The Starveling Cat! Wraps round your throat like a cheap cravat! http://fallenlondon.com/c/76920 #
  • Things I need to stop doing while working freelance #1: counting time on things I dislike (housework, food shopping, fixing stuff) as work #
  • Obviously that's work time for "have I done enough work today yet?" purposes, not for billing purposes… #
  • More to the point, nobody wants to blow up NZ, but all foreign animals want to eat NZ animals because NZ animals are LAME. @monstroso #
  • NZ is the only country where a single individual (someone's cat) has caused the extinction of an entire species @monstroso #
  • Also, why did nobody tell me the awesome Mr Higson (@monstroso) was on Twitter? Only realised identity when clicked through after replying! #
  • Brought onboard for the label (and then kept well away from decisionmaking): Vince Cable #coalitionrhymingslang #
  • Inspired by @CulturalSnow, "twas brillig, and the Michael Goves did gyre and gimble in the wabe" #coalitionwhimsicalpoetry #
  • Token darkie = Baroness Warsi #coalitionrhymingslang #
  • Pass The Duchy On The Left Hand Side = Lord Strathclyde #coalitionrhymingslang #reallystupidpuns #
  • At least he didn't get in = Oliver Letwin #coalitionrhymingslang #
  • Pleased to note that, unlike most of the Cabinet, George Letwin is neither Right nor Honourable (yes, I know that's just cos he's not a PC) #
  • Public transport'll get hammered = Dominic Hammond #coalitionrhymingslang #richardsbrother? #
  • CORRECTION: Public transport'll get hammered = Phil Hammond #coalitionrhymingslang #richardsbrother #toryconfusion #
  • Working class empathy fail: http://bit.ly/c1OD1V – I've only ever lived in houses with small bathrooms; have used loo as loo, and sat in… #
  • …other rooms better-designed for sitting. I've never (as adult or as kid) had a bathroom with a chair. What the hell is Mangan on about? #
  • I've never done gov't consultancy work, but at my old place we had 6-month-grads billed out to HMG at gbp150 per hour @BorisWatch #
  • Oz TV is repeating all of #PrimeSuspect. This is awesome. Best line so far is, obviously, from Helen Mirren as DCI Tennyson: #
  • Boss: "if this missing persons case turns into a murder inquiry, we can spare an extra six uniformed police." #
  • Tennyson: "What, as pallbearers?" #
  • RT @MarkReckons Blogpost: Ken Clarke – the great political survivor http://bit.ly/9wZDmv #
  • Fuck, that was intense. Why doesn't ITV make amazing shit like that any more? Oh yeah, because #Tories sold it. #primesuspect #
  • Feel rubbish. Had a terrible driving lesson, due to said rubbishness. I'm sustained only by the fact that the evening will be lovely. #
  • Ah, Arkell vs Pressdram – my favourite resolution to a lawsuit ever: http://www.nasw.org/users/nbauman/arkell.htm #
  • *frantically changes sheets, empties bins, puts bag in hoover in doomed attempt to make new girlfriend think I'm not a total slob* #
  • Quick, someone market one of these to "fiat money will collapse" teabaggers! http://bit.ly/9icwil (via @thabet1979) #
  • If I had a pet otter, I would definitely name it "Rayleigh". #
  • …much as if I had a pet coyote, I would definitely name it "Don". #
  • #Crossrail's going ahead. Woo. Was slightly concerned the Tories were going to punish London for not voting them in… #
  • I can't think of a way to phrase the next tweet without sounding like a pervert. So I won't. #
  • Thanks for #FFs, @chickyog and @sunnysingh_sw6 #
  • Pleasant, if weird – Speccie piece supporting left-lib (ie "problem is poverty/lack of cohesion") view on migration http://bit.ly/bae5Qu #
  • Works for all religious-right types: RT @hangbitch: "Dorries loves all embryos, until they grow up to be poor people… #
  • I follow NI politix more than most Brits, and never heard of RE: RT @BelTel Reg Empey quits as Ulster Unionist leader http://bit.ly/dyvqoS #
  • Bare feet are by far the most effective, if not least painful, means of picking up broken glass. FACT. #
  • How the hell can someone who's politically aware opt for "Vince Cable's a useless twat" as a comment? #

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What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-09

  • #Sydney's public transport system reminds me of London's 10 years ago – ace for routes you commute, 'mare for infrequent trips. #
  • ….and lack of through bus/train or bus/bus tix for single journeys is criminal in both cities. #
  • This is not beatable. All other makers of offensive satirical songs should, at this point, give up: http://bit.ly/clUOHm (VNSFW; Minchin) #
  • Listening to a girl who's either having great sex, or pretending very well, on the balcony next door. Good work. #
  • Either the same girl – or, more likely, someone who's life is less fun than that – got cross about me Skyping my great friend. #
  • So now I'm indoors, and so are they. I'm sure we're both happier that way. Or at least, her miserablebinterty outweighs my lack-of-jollity. #
  • Don't understand non-music noise complaints. Loud tekno, or even loud rock irritating – loud convo just means ppl having more fun than you. #
  • …so if you complain, that's because you're a no-mates loser. #
  • Only time I've ever made a noise complaint was 5AM on a Wednesday when ppl were playing Oasis. And even that was because gf-at-time made me. #
  • As far as I was concerned, hell, Oasis at 5AM wasn't gonna be any worse than work at 8:30. #
  • If they'd been playing R&B, then I might've been cross. But then I'd've phoned their mums and it'd've all been fine… #
  • I haven't yet read any daft US articles blaming the Brits for the latest teacupgate (oh noes! Oily fish!), but I bet there are at least 50 #
  • I hadn't heard of @CatherineDeveny before today, but following this humourless character assassination, I'm now a fan: http://bit.ly/c1Ambe #
  • Now everyone knows photography is easy, people who've historically lied that it's hard are getting shafted. Good. http://bit.ly/by3VKA #
  • Do racists not even get a *tiny* "err, hang on" twinge when they lie that denying the choice to wear the niqab is *pro* women's rights…? #
  • Hooray: ratio of "films that suck" to "films that don't suck" will improve slightly: http://bit.ly/d9uRQE #
  • Things that get you sacked from The Age: writing funny things on Twitter. Things that don't: spanking young boys' bums: http://bit.ly/ab3yQl #
  • Cutting ppl's faces is evil. Joking about cutting ppl's faces is a bit tasteless. If you can't see the difference, you're a moron #dyerzoo #
  • Thanks to the beautiful @ChrissieM for reminding me of this EXCELLENCE: http://bit.ly/58olxJ – and it's nearly winter here, so season-tastic #
  • Aaaagh. I don't have The Holy Bible on my iPod. Some arsewit upstairs is playing late-period M Jackson loudly, and I need an antidote. #
  • Panic over, I've found The Downward Spiral. Closer FTW. #
  • Seriously, what kind of terrible cnut would *choose* to listen to Earth Song or You Are Not Alone? Billie Jean or Thriller, hell yeah. #
  • Haha, Daily Mirror WIN: http://virtualstoa.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mirror0605.jpg #
  • This is amazing political (not party-political) polemic. I'm a decent writer, but I wish I could write like the Rodent: http://bit.ly/bXxeE8 #
  • Great news re #Alliance Naomi Long in East Belfast – did I really just hear that mad bigot blogger David Vance won 1800 votes there? #
  • Yes, yes I did. http://bit.ly/bjDMz1 #
  • Swing from #Tories to #LibDems in the south-west. That's *very very good news*. #
  • Dammit, @davidwhittam beat me to that gag. #
  • Thanks to @qwghlm @griefoftwats swing is Lib-Tory in Torbay; Tory-Lib in Thornbury. The latter is a pity. #ge2010 #
  • "People have been talking about decapitation, not in the physical sense", says #Radio4. Shame. #ge2010 #
  • Anyone know how much money #Ashcroft spent in #Kingswood to buy that 10% local swing? #
  • When Gordon Brown speaks from the heart as in his acceptance speech now, he's actually rather likeable, despite it all #ge2010 #
  • It's 1040AM here, but if the #LibDems win back #Guildford from the revolting #AnneMilton, I'll have a large Scotch anyway #
  • Na H-Eileanan An Iar is apparently a real place in the UK. Hehe… #
  • Bum. #AnneMilton holds #Guildford. No Scotch for me. #
  • Still, the #Tooting news is delightful. #
  • The #LibDem vote fail is bizarre. I guess the Murdoch press *does* still have the power to terrify sheeple. #ge2010 #
  • *Please* can we get this trending? #sinkandrewneillsfuckingboat #
  • #SNP tossers whining that they weren't allowed on the *national* leadership debates. Oh, get out of it… #
  • Not for the first time, I wish I were Scottish. Why do my fellow Englishmen keep voting for those #Tory bastards? #
  • (anyone who says "tax" is a cunt. I've been happy to pay higher-rate tax for nearly all my working life, because I'm not a selfish dickhead) #
  • At this point, I just really, really hope @DrEvanHarris and Lembit hold their seats. Fucking fuckity fuck #LibDemMeltdown #ge2010 #
  • FUCK. Lembit lost to the fucking #Tories. #LibDemMeltdown #aaaagh #
  • I was already planning to apply for residency and ultimately citizenship in #Australia. #ge2010 is doing nothing to change that view… #
  • Keeping my fingers crossed for #Eastbourne #ge2010 #
  • FUCK YEAH!!!!!! #ge2010 #LibDems #Eastbourne #
  • Next time round, #LibDems should focus their resources on seats by the seaside with "East" in their name… #
  • I don't want to see more Labour seat losses, but if Blears loses Salford I'll drink a whole bottle of Scotch and run through Sydney naked #
  • Just spoke to my dad, who's been a Liberal voter for 40 years – so he's rather less surprised and disappointed than me by another #LibFail #
  • Shame about #OxfordEast… oh well, at least it was a Labour hold and LD fail, not a Tory hold. #
  • Bum. Looks like #Tories have gained #NewtonAbbot from #LibDems #
  • *Crosses more fingers than I thought I previously had* RT @DrEvanHarris: I'm in a recount folks! #lookingdifficult #
  • Redcar goes Liberal? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?!?!? #ge2010 #
  • It's a sad night for #LibDems – but must be sadder for #Tories. Only a few months ago, they seemed on for a big win, not minority scrabbling #
  • #BNP were never gonna win #Barking, outside of Nazi dreams / leftie nightmares. But nice to hear they've also missed out on 2nd place. #
  • In non-election-news, Graham Foulkes is an idiot: http://bit.ly/cTsE05 (and 5 years on, grief is no excuse for idiocy) #
  • Haha, @KerryMP wins, #kerryout fails. #
  • I think I'm the only person currently tweeting on #ge2010 who's sober. It may be time for a beer. #
  • I'm torn on whether to celebrate Jacqui Smith's loss, or whether to lament another Tory gain. Probably both. #
  • If you live in Oxford West & Abingdon and voted Tory, then you're properly a scumbag. @drevanharris is the best guy in parliament. #
  • FUCKING FUCKING FUCK. People of Oxford, you are dicks. RT @AlexConnor Ox west and Abingdon result: Evan Harris: 23730 Blackwood: 23906 #
  • By the way, that includes the Labourites in Ox East who smeared the Lib Dems in the knowledge that'd help the Tories next door… #
  • Right. I need a fucking beer. Reports that the Tories won't get their reverse-Portillo moment with Ed Balls are gonna have to be the excuse #
  • Labour's new Leeds MP Rachel Reeves seems like a good sort #ge2010 #
  • Libs hold Sutton. Thank fsck. #
  • Indeed. Tories are just Tories – people who campaigned Lab in OxWest should know better RT @lth Oxford West Labour Party: you're fired. #
  • Fuck me, @Nadine4mp is a nasty, nasty piece of work. #
  • I'm enjoying this beer. And the failure of mad fundie #PhillipaStroud doesn't make up for @drevanharris, but it's still pleasing. #
  • Thank fuck the London Toryslide hasn't quite happened RT @labourmatters Labour hold Hammersmith! #
  • THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HAVE TAKEN NORWICH SOUTH FROM LABOUR AND CHARLES CLARKE IS OUT!!!!!!! #
  • That makes it time for a whisky, even if it's only 2pm. FUCK YEAH. Goodbye, evil troll man. #
  • *Charles?* – someone at C4's been at the sauce RT @channel4news: Ken Clarke knocked off his seat by Lib Dem Simon Wright in Norwich South #
  • Agreed re Buck. But Fox would've been good in Islington S RT @politic_animal Fantastic to see Buck and Thornbury back. And so unlikely. #
  • Even though I'm mostly LD, if Jeremy Corbyn loses Islington N I may cry. #
  • Celebrity candidature: the excellent Dave Rowntree got 5x as many votes as the execrable Esther Rantzen… #
  • No streaking through Sydney for me – they do still weigh the Lab vote in #Salford. A 10% swing to the LDs is good news though #blears #
  • Dunno why people are getting so grumpy about #Balls. In his position, I'd be doing exactly the same thing. #
  • Then again, #Balls has always been one of my favourite NuLab types – never quite understood hatred of him. #
  • He's clever and well-educated, he knows a lot about economics, and he's not a bigoted fuckhead like Blunkett, Clarke, Burnham, etc… #
  • RT @nextleft: it was a hell of an achievement to win Edgbaston in 1997 and hold it in 2005 – but so much more of one to hold it in 2010 #
  • Jeremy Corbyn stays, with a 3.6% swing in his favour. Woo! #thankfuckforthat #IloveyouJezzabutnotinagayway #
  • RT @paulwaugh: Really interesting that Twitter about 20 mins ahead of broadcasters on key results. #ge2010 #
  • Anyone know what the *hell* occurred in Reading W to drive 12% swing? Tory and Lab candidates both Asian, dunno if that makes a difference #
  • RT @Helzbels YES! YES! YES! FELTHAM & HESTON STILL LABOUR! #
  • Loving the fact that London has remained sane, even as the rest of SE England has gone evil. If the Scots secede, can the Londoners? #
  • The Conservatives have gained #Sherwood. Assuming the Sheriff of Nottingham was probably their candidate…? #
  • 61 votes for the pro-vampire party in Brighton… #
  • …but CAROLINE LUCAS FUCKING WINS IT! #
  • Shit, that was an "up and down" moment. Yay Lucas, but the world's most punchable cunt, a man who makes Cameron look lovable, won Richmond. #
  • If you don't despise and loathe Zac Goldsmith, there is something wrong with you. #
  • Have run out of beer, so moved onto $10 a box (gbp2.32 a bottle) wine. I don't think @ChrissieM will necessarily approve. Sorry, babes… #
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pDRIJC31tU RT @uaf Barking: Lab 24,628 Con 8,073 BNP 6,620 LD 3,719 UKIP 1,300 #
  • Excellent Lucas in, mad Yaqoob and evil Griffin humiliated. Yes, people of the UK, that was the correct response to niche parties. #
  • I don't *hate* RESPECT like I hate the BNP, but I fear their insane politics almost as much… #
  • Good news for the Labour left, as John Cruddas holds Dagenham by more than 2000 votes. And again, the Nazis were humiliated. #
  • I feel sorry for David Mundell. Must be lonely being Scotland's only Tory ;-) #
  • .@hopisen Greens? #
  • Yes, I'd rather the Tories hadn't won Harrow East either. But still.. #
  • McNulty's wake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X5-phTa08c #hahahahahahahaha #harrowgoodbye #
  • Labour and Lib Dems won more than half the votes. If you don't think that's a mandate for a coalition, you have no brain. #
  • RT @shibleylondon I note that Prof Vernon Bogdanor, Cameron's tutor at Oxford, argues that Cameron cannot lead a "strong and stable govmnt" #
  • Note that *no* market movements indicate any problems with hung parliament (just fallout from Greece crisis, shared by rest of Europe) #
  • Irritating thing about being a not-very-partisan, Tory-hating vague-LD is that I'm never sure whether Labourites tweeting "XX wins, yay"… #
  • …means "Tory kept out, hence yay, NuLab clone beats Lib, hence boo, or old-skool Lab beats Lib, hence meh"… #
  • Who cares whether Labour supported electoral reform before? Better one sinner who repenteth, etc… #
  • Idiot on the news claiming UK election is relevant to UK bond yields – no, thiat's contagion from the Eurozone crisis, you tits. #
  • Sadly, most FS professionals tend to be Tories (because of correlation with 'greedy bastards'), so pretend financial data supports their BS. #
  • The last tweet I RT'd from @mrmarksteel is the only electoral comment in several hours to make me literally LOL… #
  • #ge2010. Various non-UK ppl asked me who'd won, answer was "I was the only sober commentator watching til 9AM GMT and I've no bloody idea" #
  • "only sober commenter *apart from @nosemonkey of course*. I just found that concept hard to process…. #
  • Going through downloads folder. Why the hell did I download a map of London Bridge station at 3AM this March, *after* I'd moved to Oz? #
  • It'll be interesting to see @privateeyenews on the Harrods sale (erm, sale *of* Harrods). Anyone know a newsagent that sells it in #Sydney? #
  • Also, why can't @privateeyenews get a good, or even poxy, website with all content? I'd pay a subscription fee just to get it as PDF/vmag… #
  • Surely telling someone to go roger a gerbil is just a relatively standard, civilised way to have a debate over here? #gerbilgate #
  • Upstairs at the Tea Gardens, Bondi Jn, is one of the most civilised places for a drink in the known universe. And it's only 5 mins from home #
  • ….this is made all the more surreal by the fact that downstairs at the Tea Gardens is an uneasy mix of bogans and drunken Irishmen. #
  • Really looking forward to my trip to HK in August. Pleasantly amazed that China didn't fuck the place up after 1997: http://bit.ly/aIZPcY #
  • I can't see enough Tories accepting STV for a Lib-Con pact to be viable; I also can't see Clegg pact-ing without STV. What'm I missing? #
  • (obviously multi-member STV would be better, but single-member STV would be enough of a benefit to be worthwhile for Clegg) #
  • Today was officially Expat Day in Aussie pubs – everyone else at home with their mums ;-) #
  • This is cool (via @artoftravel): http://beclee.com/2010/05/signs-australia/ #
  • Best reason to hope for new election in 6 months -> RT @DrEvanHarris Not interested in House of Lords. Better plan is winning back OxWAb #
  • Since @lauriepink has started an "inappropriately titled kids books" meme, http://bit.ly/9Y5uzH doesn't do wonders to dispel stereotypes… #
  • Awesome. @espiekermann is on Twitter. Do follow. (via @patrick_myles) #
  • This is a stupid article: http://bit.ly/a3fOk7 <- if you want stuff to be public, post it to Facebook; if you don't, send by private email. #
  • The #Bluetones have a new album out. WTF? Next you'll be telling me 60Ft Dolls are on a reunion tour… #
  • Outside of loony Tory press, does anyone think The Markets give a fuck about whether DC, GB or NC is PM? (clue: no, they don't…) #
  • The Markets are an aggregation of mildly clever, very greedy people; they know slightly less about politics than poltiical tweeters… #
  • …but in the context of #ge2010 it's their job to know nearly as much as us. They know that any plausible government will cut deficit… #
  • …including a minority government, and the rest is just flubbery from people who happen to be right-wing and have senior jobs at banks. #
  • Dear Anyone With A Cinema In #Sydney. Please show #FourLions. I'll pay $50 for a ticket, if required. Thanks, JB #
  • Best airport in western world IMO. SIN better & looking forward to HKG RT @anasanchez I think I've changed my mind re T5 – it's not that bad #
  • The one annoying thing about my return flight to the UK is that BA/BAA were too stupid to build a single OneWorld terminal at LHR… #
  • …so my CX flight back is going to the entirely average Western airport that is T3. On the plus side, no transfers in horrible AMS or FRA. #
  • The frustrating thing about being me is that I get quite a lot of pay and no sodding recognition – and don't really know how to fix that #
  • Yes, I know the last tweet comes over as cockish – but it's properly true. I'd be a great business editor for any Oz paper… #
  • …and'd take a paycut to do so – but none'd hire me, because despite the fact that I really do know all this shit, I've not got it in print #
  • Cunt of the day > RT @PMMcGough National tragedy: promotion of B Bragg from obsolescent crooner to omniscient constitutional authority. #
  • .@matgb "I'm the most coherent celeb on Facebook" "Yes, that's why I can't understand any of those silly twets you send me" #
  • EXCLUSIVE: your mum and Nick Clegg have had a secret meeting. #
  • Q: would you be willing to accept 5 years of Tory government, on the condition that Zac Goldsmith was crucified? I'd seriously consider. #
  • OTOH, I live in Prison Island. So whilst still have a vote on Knifecrime Islan, that's precisely the sort of me-pleasing thing I'd go for. #
  • RT @ChrisTMarsden: FPTP error 404: Government not found. Please reset your voting system to proportional representation and try again #
  • Duh, Tories lie: RT @Quietzapple Odd how bullies who tried to run campaigns vs Brown 3 years ago & since now say he Must resign now. Untrue #
  • RAGE, AGAINST THE LYING OF THE RIGHT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maISWZ8Tpsc (also, Dylan Thomas is the man, and this is pure beauty) #
  • I've written a blogpost that I think is good, but I'm knda drunk. While sober tomorrow, I'll determine whether alcohol stimulates creativity #

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What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-02

  • my copy of Faith No More's best known single won't play any more #epicfail #
  • i can't get funding for my remake of Spartacus #epicfail #
  • i've been multiplying two mathematical constants both together and by the speed of light, to no avail #epicfail #
  • I always think of the Auteurs' Tombstone when passing the Columbian Hotel. "We'll take the fucking building out, Baader Meinhof style", etc. #
  • …and yes, I know Luke was actually referring to the Columbia Hotel in London… #
  • I LOL'ed. I think this makes me a Bad Man RT @torontoveg: International Respect for Chickens Day: May 4 http://ow.ly/1Dfuj (via @sirrontail) #
  • Back to work. Back to #ebz. Similar. http://fallenlondon.com/c/61087 #
  • Yes, it's excellent -> RT @jamesgraham: This is very clever: http://bit.ly/dvP7QP #iagreewithnick #disobeymurdoch (via @bloggerheads) #
  • Good election parody marketing from Ikea: http://bit.ly/bDuBFT – but have they really given Nick Clegg a photo of Hitler? #
  • .@jamesup sorry, but someone's sent me: http://bit.ly/b3Ow24 #
  • Ooops! Ladies, time to don your burkhas: http://j.mp/cfnDv0 #boobquake #angryGod #
  • Irish politics WIN: RT @twentymajor RT @theddp: Bertie gives up his pension ! >> Now he just needs to give up breathing, the little cunt #
  • Freemania just won at everything: http://bit.ly/9uwMjW #
  • Getting annoyed by belief that Greece default has an impact on the UK. Greece's debt is (effectively) foreign-denominated. UK debt isn't. #
  • Grizzled union types: it may be true that you can't trust the Lib Dems, but it's *definitely* true that you can't trust Labour… #
  • Tory grassroots still hate gays (read the comments): http://bit.ly/akk0n3 – via @bloggerheads #
  • I guess this might, erm, help conceal one's recent hand-based activities…? Weird: http://bit.ly/dj1Cd7 (via @Awl) #
  • is about to head off to a Mass Debate. Fnarr. #
  • Well, actually it's an absurdly elitist, embarrassingly pretentious debate, but that doesn't sound like a word for wanking so isn't funny #
  • This might be my last message for a while – up early 2moz to be temporarily blinded. But at the end I'll have LASER EYES, so that'll rule… #
  • RT @martinb9999: Dear Gordon, If You Meet a Bigot in the Street, *This* Is How You Respond http://post.ly/dmAW (via @chickyog) #
  • RT @johannhari101: You know what's so sad about this? That woman said pensions & schools are better now in Rochdale #
  • Last #ebz for a bit, I reckon… http://fallenlondon.com/c/62032 #
  • I miss teh @ChrissieM too. Bad eyes. Bad urban geography :- #
  • I can now peruse Twitter in very large print. But probably shouldn't. Eyes recovering well. If I'm lucky I'll even have some valium left. #
  • …which'll be handy for my UK trip in August… #

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What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-04-25

  • I'm quite enjoying the ban – off to meet up with a friend who's supposed to be back in the UK, but instead is loafing in Sydney #
  • has been the general manager of a large establishment, but still never would've thought they'd have put him in the Good Squad. #
  • derives pathetic childish joy from listening to Armed Forces by the best Elvis. #
  • until last week, i was delighted to be out of the uk for the election. but seriously, the least unpleasant party are winning in the polls. #
  • Damon Albarn QOTD: did he call his third band The Good, The Bad & The Queen so they'd be next to Gorillaz whenever browsing the alphabet? #
  • Only since I've been in Oz have I understood why the collective noun for crows is "a murder". Horrible, unearthly beasts… #
  • I don't know why #davidcameronsexface is a thing, but since I've encountered the concept, y'all can too. #
  • ONLINE. Properly. On a real computer and everything. Hell yeah. #
  • Finding it deeply tedious watching people equate #globalfinancialsystemfail with #labourfail. #
  • Seriously, how much of a partisan idiot do you have to be to believe that NuLab did anything other than follow general economic orthodoxy? #
  • (clue: the correct answer is "lots", and I say that as someone who's never voted Labour in my life…) #
  • I'm pretty sure the fact that crime in the UK has just massively fallen and everyone's ignored it is #nickcleggsfault http://bit.ly/bq9WUZ #
  • This is properly scary: http://bit.ly/bofPNa – bets on either the Indy changes its angle or News Corp puts out nasty stuff on Lebedev? #
  • Weird: http://bit.ly/cnevXb – sheer churnalism, but all the local press juniors I've met in years were vaguely liberal (via @darryl1974) #
  • Apparently #toryfail types are upset about Sky comparing Nick Clegg to 'Ghandi'. Damn right, I'd say he was far closer to Martin Luther Kong #
  • I know it's like saying "Mussolini was my favourite Axis leader", but Yelland was always my least despised Sun editor: http://bit.ly/cHiOdX #
  • Haha, #torypressdesperation RT @unslugged DM poll: "Who would make the best Chancellor?" Options are Darling, Cable, and… Clarke. #
  • You meant "relieved", right? -> RT @Anthropith Be afraid. This could happen on May 7th. http://bit.ly/cugX2H #
  • Up far too late, now that the UK election run-up has actually become interesting again #nickcleggsfault #
  • The markets, unlike halfwit Tories, don't think that a hung parliament would harm the #ukeconomy: http://dlvr.it/b7P3 #hangem #ge2010 #
  • Surely the #Tory candidate Martin Coxall who's just been arrested for alleged assault isn't the same MC who trolls @libcon? #
  • Fair clarification, and yes he is -> RT @Anthropith Important to note he's not a PPC. Martin Coxall is a council candidate and a twat. #
  • If You Vote Lib Dem, You Will Kill Rebekah Brooks And James Murdoch's Careers http://bit.ly/9MEucv #nickcleggsfault #
  • I'm assuming that @polfret's assault on John Prescott was probably #nickcleggsfault #
  • Of course that's true @Anthropith – but reason it's getting Twitter interest is because he's a prominent online Tory defender #
  • YES! Cassetteboy does the One Show: http://bit.ly/d69yLw (via @catdonn) #
  • Nike drops stars who're guilty of crimes; doesn't drop stars who aren't. Hence, they're misogynists http://nyti.ms/9hDmdw #woollyliberalfail #
  • The whole thing is leftie puritanism at its worst. *Raping* women is a terrible thing. *Drunkenly hitting on women in clubs* is not. #
  • I do like bit.ly's customised ntyi.ms links, though. Presumably that's some kind of JV I've missed? #
  • Google seems to have taken a dislike to me. From #1 for 'john band' and 'banditry' to page 2 and #3 respectively. Weird… #
  • Given the subject & the ease of missing out reading little words like "on", I should've phrased this differently: http://bit.ly/92fVMc #
  • Back online, so back on #ebz – that's the way it goes. http://fallenlondon.com/c/57780 #
  • Haha, @qwghlm has updated the Daily Mail-o-matic for #ge2010 http://www.qwghlm.co.uk/toys/dailymail/ #
  • 4AM. Ooops. Skype's a dangerous tool, a bit like George Osborne. #
  • Party like it's 1999: http://youroldcrapwebsite.wordpress.com/ #
  • Entertained that second-biggest podcast on iTunes UK is some teenage idiot's bedroom japery entitled Mock The Weak. Good work, illiterates. #
  • Unpleasant man, unpleasant website: http://www.philwoolas.org.uk/ #
  • Of course you've seen this already, but it's 100x better than Dawkins at making the same point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0W7Jbc_Vhw #
  • Hungover, watching TV and playing #ebz- this is officially the life http://fallenlondon.com/c/58708 #
  • Can you guess she's gone home to Ireland? RT @catdonn Waiting for bacon sarnies. Sitting with Dad who's flicking between football & snooker. #
  • Me: "did you see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"? My dad: "yes, but I switched off because I was hoping it'd be a kung fu movie" #parentWIN #
  • Anyone watch the #rebus TV shows? I love the books, but am worried the adaptation will lose their excellent, cynical-smart vibe #
  • WhateverYouWantGuv fail: http://bit.ly/9F07HN #
  • This evening, my tweets have been mostly homosexual. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUPgyk5njQ #
  • Nobody's ever going to answer my #rebus question, are they? The only thing people care about on Twitter is gay sex, weird deaths & Lib Dems #
  • …which reminds me, I tried to explain Jeremy Thorpe to an Aussie the other day, and he didn't believe me: http://bit.ly/9zx5Sk #
  • My first thought, 5-4-3-2-1-RAGE! RT @mrpower Up with the lark. Breadmaker on. Hens let out. Mug of tea. Now to peek at the news… #
  • This song will be the second-most karaoke'd song today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmyEv4n8ERI #
  • This song will be the first-most karaoke'd song today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNT7uZf7lew #
  • This country will be my first-most favourite country forever. Well, unless they kick me out for being foreign. #
  • Then again, only a country as cold and miserable as the UK could have done this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZwMs2fLoVE #
  • Or this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Krvl7AEAs #
  • Anyone know whether @mtuckerno10 is actually Jesse Armstrong, or an amusing faker/fakir? #
  • Nobody, in history of Internet (or Google, which is close) has ever made the gag "You've had a lot of Dick Cheney, but you ain't had mine" #
  • Let-downs: @MrEdByrne just endorsed Avatar; @herring1967 just endorsed Andy Parsons. You're brilliant people; why d'you respect this shite? #
  • Twittered out. Night all. #
  • This is excellent on immigration: http://bit.ly/b1gtU1 (via @bellagerens) #
  • Cab Calloway, and #ebz, are enjoyable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33nTnawq6jk http://fallenlondon.com/c/59677 #
  • In Soviet Russia, computer puns you -> RT @RedScareBot That's Czary! RT @johnb78 socialism & capitalism equal in terms of 'word-dirtyness' #

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What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-04-18

  • RT @HowardLovecraft There is a gnawing in my abdomen which at first I mistook for festering hunger. That is, until discoloration appeared. #
  • Oddly, Communist Party enter #ge2010 with sensible economic manifesto: http://bit.ly/boElfb – wealth taxes are the best taxes #
  • Another day, another #ebz refill http://fallenlondon.com/c/50394 #
  • hates: a) iinet b) TP-Link c) Vodafone d) himself, for buying a naked broadband connection and a cheap router off ebay #
  • I have five devices allegedly capable of picking up broadband of some description. And no broadband. Yay technology. #
  • That's two DSL routers, two 3G modems, and a 3G phone with modem capabilities, in case you were wondering #
  • I can make one of the 3G modems provide fairly decent broadband by taking it out to the pub. Like master like servant, I guess. #
  • Darling Harbour at sunset is pretty. Why are we so attracted to large bodies of water? #
  • Dear Iceland. Thanks and all that, but we actually said we wanted your *cash*. Ta, The British People #
  • Met the excellent @ChrissieM yesterday, after 10 years of internetty acquaintance. Top Quality, Would Recommend, etc. #
  • More crowdsourcing: anyone know a good RSS reader for #nokia #n97? Or a VHP reader would probably do. #badIndianfarrightpoliticspuns #
  • This is a glorious language rant; I agree with every word: http://bit.ly/brnhZc #
  • For once the Internet's working, so a quick #ebz sesh is in order… http://fallenlondon.com/c/52856 #
  • is off to the pub. To drink beer. With a Welshman. And probably some New South Welshmen too. #
  • That was meant as a FB update, but it can stay. In other news, I'm slightly too stupid for multiplatform messaging software… #
  • Over 60% of Brits say they'll vote for centre-left parties, and the next government will probably still be Tory? That's the real fail… #
  • …petty fights over *which* centre-left party will get the most seats are irrelevant by comparison. #
  • Pleased the RMT got stuffed. Unlike Unite/BA, the dispute is *entirely* the RMT making shit up, and Network Rail *entirely* in the right #
  • If any of the parties were to promise an Act of Attainder under which Bob Crow would be hanged, drawn and quartered, I'd vote for them. #
  • RT @cearta: Charleton J: internet is populated by fraudsters, pornographers and cranks. Me: so is Ulysses but we don't ban that any more #
  • Another year with no Orwell award nomination. Fuck, how many elephants do I have to shoot? #
  • I thought that might happen. #
  • #ebz or pub? Still rather hungover… http://fallenlondon.com/c/53572 #
  • Irritatingly, I think my elephant comment was the wittiest thing I'm ever going to say. And it was wasted. Luckily, so am I. #
  • If I was the completely chilled person I want to be perceived as, I'd make a certain phone call right now. But I'm not, so I can't. #
  • is stone cold sober and looking for bottles of love. This is lies; I'm actually plastered. But I like Del Amitri #guiltypleasures #

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What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-04-11

  • Vodafone Australia must die. GARR. Useless eejits. Who builds an epayment site that rejects domestic debit cards *and* foreign credit cards? #
  • Looking 4ward to Times going paywall: website badly coded w/plain text pages 1MB & breaks mobiles. Nasty Twitter surprises will diminish… #
  • Tookey's review of Kick-Ass daft for obvious reason: 0% overlap between geek kids who'll watch movie & chav kids who do knife-crime… #
  • Loving the original #Airport movie. Especially the world's silliest British accent on the BOAC pilot… #
  • Old lady fairdodger in original #airport movie is quality. #
  • My god! It's a white chap with a bomb! #originalairportmovie #
  • Twitter keeps failing. #originalairportmovie impressive in setup – it's been on an hour and *all* just buildup… #
  • Blimey, she's not a BOAC stewardess, she works for Unbranded Gonna Crash Yank Airline. Why would a pretty English girl do such a thing? #
  • Plane looks cgi, but I think that's just because a 4-engine narrowbody is crazy-retro #originalairportmovie #geekery #
  • Haha, reminded that US airlines charge for booze #originalairportmovie #unspeakablebastards #
  • So the white guy with a bomb is Italian. Oooh, those crazy Italian terrorists. #originalairportmovie #
  • Descend to 10,000ft you fools #originalairportmovie #
  • Italian suicide bomber has exploded. Plane descending to 10,000ft #wellduh #originalairportmovie #
  • Nun drinking whiskey just won a million points. #originalairportmovie #clichetastic #
  • One of the many cheesy subplots of this movie is the screwing-over of NIMBYs and BANANAs. I endorse this subplot #originalairportmovie. #
  • Enjoying the hardcore Boeing product placement (in days when MDD and Lockheed made pax planes) #originalairportmovie #
  • "an escaped convict who lived in 2 worlds", says ABC trailer. Err, isn't that the whole populace? #
  • #ebz The Starveling Cat! The Starveling Cat! Sits on your chest when you're sleeping flat! http://fallenlondon.com/c/47018 #
  • Easter was a big weekend. I'm now trying to work, but mostly failing. Tomorrow I hope to not feel like death. #
  • Theresa Villiers is an idiot – this is precisely the situation where gov't paying lawyers and accountants is needed: http://bit.ly/9enQL5 #
  • Enquiry showed DfT's starting premise was wrong. That made it worthwhile. By TV's logic, any experiment that refutes hypothesis is a failure #
  • WIN: "if a film's going to turn us into paedos, it’s no bad thing if it also encourages young ladies to carry knives" http://bit.ly/aJvq6M #
  • Amusing RATM-style #Save6Music stunt, with side benefit of promoting the excellent HMHB: http://www.joydivisionovengloves.com/ #
  • Yes: RT @mrpower 1997 was one of those times when change was necessary. I was hopeful. It didn't last long. Eventually found Blair loathsome #
  • Great stuff from Merrick on the criminalisation of young people solely for being young: http://bit.ly/bnJb4m #
  • I've just signed up to have someone apply a metal grater to the surface of my eyes. Insert S&M jokes here. #
  • Study finds that badly educated people like moronic comedians & well-educated people like clever comedians. Shock! http://bit.ly/cB0xRd #
  • #ebz is a welcome distraction from #ge2010 fever http://fallenlondon.com/c/47565 #
  • Obvious but needs reiterating -> "Cameron’s message is clear. And it isn’t change" http://bit.ly/9mD7o8 #
  • I know BNP-ist Nick Eriksen's pro-rape comments are horrible, but HELLO, HE'S A FUCKING NAZI. "Nazi in 'is vile'" shock… #
  • Not fond of Boris, but whoever's brought a complaint re his Brent Cross speech is a git and deserves to lose. #
  • …both as Boris elected and correct avenue for complaint is next election (as for Ken), and as slating Nimbys and Bananas is to be praised. #
  • "I meant to say, it was aces" RT @tonytrainor VA governor apologizes for leaving slavery out of Confederate History Month http://goo.gl/t07X #
  • Excellent. Not only are #Tories fighting #ge10 on a manifesto of hating gays, they also hate women: http://bit.ly/9tOcxN #
  • This is why anyone left-liberal who lives in a Lab/Con marginal is morally obliged to vote Labour. They are different, and Tories much worse #
  • Good point -> RT @mudlarklives: Cameron obv getting advice from Yank advisers. Bad enough to support their wars, now their bigotry too. #
  • "Fuel poverty" nonsense on the news. I don't believe in fuel poverty in the UK, never mind in a state where it *doesn't get cold*… #
  • Anyone else think Labour have seriously ballsed up Tory-shafting potential re ID cards, if cost of cancelling is only gbp40m? #
  • The only reason not to commit more cash upfront is that the next Labour gov't planned to abolish them anyway. Which is reassuring. #
  • Hmm. Stuart Rose criticises Brown for suggesting Tories misled him; Terry Leahy supports govt. Now compare M&S performance with Tesco… #
  • Unforgivable Brit-bashing bullshit from @TIME http://su.pr/23szAj – yet another reason to stay home next time the US launches a stupid war #
  • Slightly depressed about Innocent Drinks' sale to Coca-Cola. Not surprised, but slightly depressed nonetheless. #
  • #ff #followfriday @themanwhofell (like you don't already) @anattendantlord @Oedipus_Lex @alaindebotton (no, really) #
  • "Oooh, it's the money" analysis of #debill has one serious flaw: telcos (=ISPs) have *far* more cash than record/movie companies #
  • In particular, UK movies are paid for by the lottery. If from now nobody ever paid for a movie, it wouldn't impact UK film industry at all. #
  • Actually, that gives me an idea – gbp7 grant to cinemas to reimburse every entry to a UK film. That way, they might occasionally show one #
  • Note to online publishers: if you think your feature article needs to be spread over multiple web pages, IT'S TOO LONG! Also, it doesn't. #
  • is wondering whether Poland did anything to annoy Mr Putin recently… #
  • Linda Bowman is like NAMBLA: while she can't help her feelings, she should realise they're wrong rather than trying to change the law… #
  • Once again, best commentary on #ge2010 comes from a fictional character: http://bit.ly/9UYPJY #
  • It's a Sunday morning, so of course I'm on #ebz http://fallenlondon.com/c/49775 #
  • Right-wing-pseudo-victimhood item number 23,335: despite the fact that we live in a culture which is filthily barbaric to criminals and… #
  • …fetishises crime victims and their relatives to a frankly surreal degree, pretending that it's the opposite (w.r.t http://bit.ly/cNMEGc ) #
  • Does anyone else get annoyed at the bit in Shaun of the Dead where Shaun's being a tit about despatching his zombie ma, and the Irish guy… #
  • …who's otherwise a wanker is being entirely sensible and right, and everyone sides with Shaun and drives the Irish guy to his death? #
  • Possibly this is another sign of my inability to deal with the 'fact' that bereaved people are allowed to act like twats with no comeback. #
  • FACT: @daveweeden's cat (and Twitter avatar) is really quite exceptionally cute. #

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What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-28

  • #ebz waiting for my new phone to be delivered requires a certain degree of timewasting, hence http://fallenlondon.com/c/38970 #
  • Self-professed 'libertarian' argues for increased public spending on people living abroad: http://bit.ly/bpJCHU #
  • Boo! The hitherto excellent Daily Mash channels Richard bloody Littlejohn with rubbish "PC gorn mad" nursery rhymes: http://bit.ly/d1a4zI #
  • Alex Massie is ace. I hope someone less crazy than the Speccie will offer him a job shortly: http://bit.ly/c3RxLb #
  • And healthcare is duly reformed. Hurrah! #hcr – wonder if this will help the president's popularity ratings? #
  • W00t – @Captain_Deltic is now Tweeting #transportgeekery #ifyoudontknowyouwontbeinterested #
  • Anyone recommend a Twitter client for a #Nokia #N97 ? #
  • #ebz It's cloudy today, so I'm not all that inclined to get up in a hurry http://fallenlondon.com/c/39984 #
  • It strikes me as utterly insane that alcohol tax isn't a simple "10p per 10ml of pure alcohol whatever the drink" #
  • #budget2010, #verybadsituation and #itsreallyannoying are trending together. TWITTER WIN. #
  • Least appealing offer ever -> RT @DuncanStott watch @Nick_Clegg's response live: http://bit.ly/aQ4szR #budget #
  • Another day, another #ebz tweet http://fallenlondon.com/c/40534 #
  • Bah. I finally get around to updating my website *exactly* as my host takes their server down for 2 hours… #
  • Right. http://www.johnband.org now looks like it came from a half-capable designer 3 years ago, instead of a lazy blind designer in 1997 #
  • Glad I've left the UK just as the union movement decides to fuck the few bits of the country left unfucked by the bankers #
  • BA is bust because its salaries are high; the railways cost too much. If you disagree with either of those facts, you have no clue #
  • Yes, tho' not as much as the bankers -> RT @manipillai The irony is the unions are doing a great job in ensuring Lab doesnt get re-elected. #
  • V interesting post from Jamie – http://bit.ly/9Fyzyi – if the trend continues, I may withdraw my grudging support for democracy… #
  • Back from a reasonably successful driven lesson, time for more #ebz http://fallenlondon.com/c/41127 #
  • Excellent visual response to people who think Labour have done nothing to alleviate poverty and redistribute income: http://bit.ly/9qYntb #
  • Conservative government in "opposed to human rights" shock: http://tinyurl.com/ylhql4y – seriously, did anyone expect this not to happen? #
  • Meanwhile, Iceland channels Saudi Arabia http://bit.ly/cgMGbi – Mad Julie approves… #
  • The most pretentious drivel you'll read all week, GUARANTEED: http://bit.ly/8XAaSY #
  • Heh, I'd missed Hamilton falling afoul of Australia's dedicated anti-hooning laws: http://bit.ly/9CcYgR #
  • I just plugged #ebz on my blog as well, I wonder if that gets me extra credit? http://fallenlondon.com/c/41743 #
  • http://bit.ly/bznngP = "exactly the kind of offence right-wingers believe can't get dealt with like this any more due to evil PC brigade" #
  • Sorry the last link wasn't all that interesting, partly I'm testing my PHP script… #
  • My PHP script works, following much wailing and gnashing. New personal homepage ALL MY OWN WORK: http://www.johnband.org/ #
  • If you've not seen this movie, you need to: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068173/ #aussiewithnail #
  • CROWDSOURCING: what song should I put on next? Bear in mind that it's 2AM and I'm drunk #
  • .@brettsr to be honest, any government initiative to diminish Peter Gabriel has my vote #
  • I was actually counting down the days from seeing this ad to seeing a grumpy UberFeminist appraisal of this ad: http://bit.ly/af5JNa #
  • Also, the 'this ad is evil because HAIRSHIRTS! DWORKIN!' post below wins points for actually saying "I am not lacking a sense of humour" #
  • If you say "I'm not a racist but" or "not a misogynist but", you are. Lacking a sense of humour isn't as bad, but the same rules apply #
  • This is the finest thing ever to have happened on this earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXKwBvhd-ww (indirectly via @anattendantlord) #
  • Another piece of awesomeness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NljLKfcwOc – bastarding YouTube doesn't have Mini Correct or Poppy #
  • They do have this though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-aWjD5gea4 – everyone has and loves, or possibly is, this friend #
  • …and the nonsense goes viral. RETURN TO REAL LIFE, PEOPLE -> RT @LDN Is the new Pepsi Max ad 'a bit rapey'? http://bit.ly/dr2luL #
  • For anyone who's gone to drinks and regretted the company, but not the drinks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbWP8VWqGn0 #
  • Happy summer, UK tweeps… #
  • Shortly, to lunch and to the beach. First, #ebz http://fallenlondon.com/c/42308 #
  • Dulux aside, the 2 main brands of paint in .au seem to be Nippon Paint & British Paint. Wld be interesting to plot market share over time… #
  • A flame-war in CiF comments – nothing new, but the commenters are Toby Young and Jay Rayner: http://twitpic.com/1bhxt6 #

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Financeblogger playground spat

When I grow up, I wouldn’t object to being an incredibly rich, disgraced, highly influential, not-proven-guilty-of-fraud Wall Street figure and would-be press baron.

However, unlike Henry Blodget, I don’t think I’d devote a day’s worth of output to slating other financial commentators for being insufficiently productive, hard-working, etc. Worrying about the productivity of people who actually work for you is stressful enough – and besides, I’d want to leave at least eight waking hours a day outside of work to enjoy my enormous pile of ill-gotten gains.

(I am, however, also a little jealous of Felix Salmon. If any multinational news organisations want to pay me a decent-ish New York salary to tweet and blog about finance and the economy all day, then you know where to find me…)