What the hell is this even trying to say, and what the hell does the music have to do with the subject matter? It's not even the shallow clichés ("ooh, Gordon is the puppet of fat cats, and that's why he didn't let Northern Rock go bust". Not because, y'know, that would have made ordinary … Continue reading Worst political Flash cartoon *ever*
A BBC article on alcohol consumption statistics features a stupid comment: The figures also suggest that alcohol consumption is increasingly a problem among the middle classes. Men and women in "managerial and professional" households drank an average of 15.1 units a week. The same study also shows that men drink, on average, twice as much … Continue reading BBC channels Anti-Saloon League
A very long time ago, I had a blog whose software platform I wrote myself. It was pretty ropey by the standards of WordPress and Moveable Type, although it beat Blogger's offer in those days (for really dull reasons, the only server I had access to ran Windows and Access; no existing blog software supported … Continue reading Spam filters and paranoia
Article: O2 (UK) has shifted 190,000 iPhones in its first two months of sales, just short of its target of 200,000. From the comments: "190,000 surprised me at first - given that we and the Europeans understand mobiles far too well to buy an outdated overpriced paperweight like the iPhone, I thought the number sold … Continue reading Entertaining iPhone theory
I've got a new piece up at the Sharpener on the myth that London is a crime-ridden wasteland that anyone in their right mind would do well to flee before they get their throat slit. Enjoy... Also, Burning Our Money has a slightly silly piece on the Cheap Booze Menace - it highlights that you … Continue reading Sharp-ish
Is this piece very heavy irony, or very scary neo-Soviet loonery?
As a patriotic Brit, I'd find it hard to deny that Samuel Adams was a terrorist. However, it's slightly surprising that the US Department of Transportation agrees with me... [off to the States in two weeks... wish me luck]
This is a great logical argument: 1) A pretentious man claims that CDs aren't as good as vinyl, despite the fact that they are; 2) If you compress a song to MP3, it doesn't sounds all that great compared to an uncompressed song. People increasingly listen to MP3s on their personal music players, instead of, … Continue reading Half-arsed fallacy
This, basically. Blech. Update, Tuesday evening: well, those were a rubbish couple of days. I'm now more or less confident in my ability to go more than 10 seconds away from a toilet, although I'm not quite up for vindaloo night just yet. In the meantime I was sufficiently bored that I followed my own … Continue reading What was wrong with the old bloody virus?
Very sad to hear that Marxist economist Andrew Glyn, who had the dubious honour of teaching both me and Chris Dillow, has died. As a not-very-socalist, I'd second Chris's view that: He never gave those of us who shared his views an easy ride, and was never less than generous to those who didn't share … Continue reading The only good communist…