So, that new search engine Cuil? It's completely rubbish. Let's take an obvious example: here. If you're searching for "john band", is it more likely that you want a chap named John Band, or is it more likely that you want the Elton John Band but can't remember its lead singer's first name? Clue: Cuil … Continue reading Cuil isn’t
I've been busy working and being in pain (alcohol and seedy dives with steep slippery wooden staircases are not a good combination, but codeine and sodium naproxen are excellent painkillers); apologies for lack of posting. Luckily for those of you who come here for evidence that we're not all going to hell in a handcart … Continue reading Serious violent crime map
The Beatles recorded Revolver in 2005. Please can we keep the Scots? I'm fairly sure they drive the average IQ up, at least compared to the English Parliament nutters...
Mr Eugenides is an extremely offensive and ranty, but also highly entertaining and generally honest, blogger. I disagree with him on most things, and sometimes feel that his commentary on female Labour MPs' stupidity goes beyond the stick they deserve for their actions into misogynistic territory, but overall he's a principled and reasonable right-libertarian. Unfortunately, … Continue reading On knowing a man by his friends
Sorry - this is actually why the future was invented (mildly NSFW).
This week I've seen the best cartoon parody ever, and an entirely new concept in music video. Scarily, they're both made by the same fat Australian political activist. Good work Mr Ireland.
On the grounds of 'what goes around comes around' [*], as well as on the general grounds of free speech, let me join the chorus of people supporting slightly demented Decent Left blog Harry's Place in the libel suit that Hamas UK brought for calling them antisemitic. Normally, calling somebody antisemitic is a pretty horrible … Continue reading Jumping in slightly late
From these fine people, here is a word map of this site. It's kind-of cool - excerpt here: "People", "knife", "crime", "statistics", "public" and "law" seem to be pretty high up. Since the main point of this blog is to use stats and logic to highlight when general commentary on a major issue is wrong, … Continue reading Word cloud
Sunny has a good piece on Commentisfree on the knife panic - worth a read. Apparently the original version linked to this post here, but the Guardian subs took it out - bad Guardian subs. Unfortunately, the comments indicate why we're never going to get anywhere with the criminal justice system, other than locking up … Continue reading On why society is basically doomed
Are you aware of all Internet traditions? If not, why not try this handy slideshow? (also, this)