October 2008

A reminder: Scotweb2

The Scotweb2 event is tomorrow at Edinburgh University’s Holyrood Campus. I think all of the tickets have been hoovered up now. But if any readers of this blog are going along, let me know and we can have a chat. Here is the agenda: 0930 Registration 1000 Introduction – Alex Stobart 1015 Presentations by Simon […]

The Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand-wagon

The top story on the BBC News website is currently this on the furore surrounding Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross as Gordon Brown wades his sorry way in. I am sorry, but I really do struggle to believe that this is the most important story around at the moment. In fact, once you put the […]

Squarepusher — Just a Souvenir

The premise of Just a Souvenir is most intriguing. “This album started as a daydream about watching a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig,” says Tom Jenkinson on his website. He goes on to describe the mad japes that the band got up to in his daydream, setting out a vision of an eccentric, […]

Reading The Guardian in full

I have long been an advocate of full RSS feeds for reasons outlined in this post. I do, however, understand why most news outlets opt to keep partial feeds. News websites, unlike blogs, typically show you just the headlines and a short summary of each story on the front page — just like a partial […]

Proof that Max Mosley has jumped the shark

Ferrari is the only team to have participated continuously in Formula 1 since the first Formula 1 World Championship in 1950. For many, Ferrari is synonymous with Formula 1. Its loyal tifosi, the evocative rosso corsa and the instantly recognisable Prancing Horse logo come together to build a huge brand that cannot be rivalled, much […]

The paradox of the paradox of voting

I wrote my dissertation about the paradox of voting, which is the problem that rational choice theorists have in explaining why people vote. You are more likely to be killed on the way to the polling station than affect the result once you’re inside it — so why vote? The puzzle interested me as soon […]

FIA throws another spanner in the works for the BBC

Earlier today I had written about a small pile of troubles that have hit the BBC over its choice of commentary team for next season. Today it has emerged that the BBC has yet another problem — and this time it is with that despicable little man, Alan Donnelly. The Daily Mail reports that Alan […]

Trouble at the BBC?

Despite last month’s reports that appeared to suggest that the BBC’s commentary line-up for next season was set in stone, more recent rumours suggest that all is far from well in the BBC’s plans for next season. It appeared to be a foregone conclusion that Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle would team up in the […]