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

Consequences, or their absence

I originally posted this in the comments at Crooked Timber as an aside, but thought it deserved elevation of sorts: It’s worth remembering the very limited harm that was done by Tony Blair’s stupid and wrong decision to get involved in Iraq. The net result was that: a) a lot of people internationally thought the … Continue reading Consequences, or their absence

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

Child abuse claims "petty gossip"? Sorry, Catholics, but the Pope is a massive eejit: http://bit.ly/aZ6MxH # I've always liked Mark Webber; I now like him even more: http://bit.ly/ckeT3G # #ebz I'm supposed to go shopping this afternoon. Hmm. http://fallenlondon.com/c/42876 # Excellent piece from @jackofkent on the Catholic Church: http://bit.ly/9o8tgz - I wonder, could they be … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-04-04

Why pointless parliaments don’t and shouldn’t exist

Something which surprised me when I first researched moving to Sydney was that the city (in the sense of "wide urban area") has no governing authority: the CBD and some of the inner suburbs are called the City of Sydney, but the vast majority of the city (including places that are only 10 minutes' walk … Continue reading Why pointless parliaments don’t and shouldn’t exist

A point of view, albeit not a good one

In the comments at CiF, a commenter called Heyone summarises their supposed 'non-racist' objections to immigration: It's ridiculous that whenever immigration is talked about there's always people shouting "racists!" and everybody starts debating what's racism. This is just counterproductive. These people have all missed the point. The majority of people are not concerned what race … Continue reading A point of view, albeit not a good one

Those British Airways strikes

While there's been a lot of commentary on the British Airways strikes, the analysis (whether pro-company or pro-union) tends to miss two major points. The business model is unsustainable - but that's the management's fault, not the unions' BA’s model before the global financial crisis was to charge a fortune for excellent service in Club … Continue reading Those British Airways strikes

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