August 2006

Tortoise — A Lazarus Taxon

It shouldn’t really be the case that an album of old tracks that never made it onto proper albums is one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. But it is very difficult not to get excited about Tortoise’s music, particularly when most of it comes from the band’s most fertile period. A […]

Motherfuckin’ Snakes on a Motherfuckin’ Plane!

Minor spoiler alert I’m not much of a moviegoer. The last time I went to the cinema was to see Signs (it wasn’t my choice), starring that popular fellow Mel Gibson. In case you have forgotten this forgettable movie, it featured aliens that were scared by water. The entire length of the film was spent […]

Dark Side of the Rainbow

I know that Dark Side of the Rainbow is pretty old news, but I’ve just watched it for the first time on Google Video. I have to say, it is indeed scarily synchronised at certain points. The beginning of ‘Time’ gave me the creeps!

This has nothing to do with freedom of speech

I really don’t understand why so many bloggers seem to be leaping to the defence of Inigo Wilson. Wilson wrote an absolutely rubbish and mostly banal post called ‘The Lefty Lexicon’. Not a very original idea, this this one certainly isn’t among the funniest. Indeed, parts of it are downright puerile. His ‘lefty’ definition of […]

Why I read Boing Boing

Ben Metcalfe has a Bash of Boing Boing (and other ‘A-list’ blogs) that spreads itself across two posts. I find it an extremely odd propositions in that we (the audience) are being asked to value the aggregation decisions of fairly arbitrary and otherwise insignificant (in the wider context) group of people. I literally think in […]

New Google Talk

Google Talk has some nice new features. It’s a shame more people don’t use it so that I could check them out…

Paperback shiter

Do publishers deliberately give paperback re-issues of their books covers that are uglier than the hardback edition? Two books that I have been interested in recently both have really skanky paperback covers, but quite nice hardback customers. Freakonomics hardback cover Freakonomics paperback cover Working the Wheel hardback cover Working the Wheel paperback cover Given that […]

I wanted water, not a mouthful of yuk

One of the best things about living where I do — or so I thought — was that it seemed to be just about the only place in the country where you could have a glass of tap water without getting a mouthful of yuk. Even just a mile or so away the water tasted […]