The unsaid truths about the Microsoft/Yahoo deal

Naturally been reading a lot about this deal, mostly at work, but a little in my own time as well, and it’s quite interesting to see the varied coverage. Mainstream media are just fawning over Microsoft as usual, talking up how clever they are, but as usual, they’ve missed the point. Tech news has been ...

An 18-year-old today …

Charles Stross had an interesting post today that related to a long studied uni project that looks at the life experience of the new freshman class each year. It’s a very American study, so he took it further and thought about the British experience from his point of view and the view of British youth. ...

This might just be a musical plan …

Found out about this challenge recently, and it might just be something to do. Basically, a whole bunch of people have pledged to produce an album in 29 days, in the month of February. It doesn’t matter how you do it, what style your music is or even how professionally (or otherwise) you create the ...

Cloverfield review OR Blowing up New York is back in style

Checked out Cloverfield tonight — and was quite impressed. Seems as if it’s OK again to start trashing New York on film again if this is anything to go by. Cloverfield is smart, stylish and funny when it needed to be. It’s pretty damn scary at times too, offering a unique perspective on the moster/horror/disaster ...

Building …

Despite seeming to have basically no money already, I’ve been back in the garage working on some new woodworking projects. With the long weekend, there should be some time to build a few little things. Just stuff that I need, but can look nice to do myself. Have a nice piece of rosewood that’s been ...

In other news …

… the “y” key has pretty much given up and died on my keyboard. This is likely to be a problem, for, well, almost anything I want to type … It isn’t completely dead, as it works if I bash it hard enough. But in normal typing, it seems never to work. It’s an old ...

I was really working, honestly …

Spent much of the day working from home today, which despite the impression that most people have, really is actually working. I mean, if your work is usually about sitting in a centralised office, using a computer, especially when it’s all Internet-based stuff, then you can work from home too. Of course, while I’m glad ...

Probably the stupidest thing Steve Jobs has ever said

In all the hoopla last week at Macworld, and the launch of the MacBook Air, Steve Jobs was quoted on a different, but related topic, in the New York Times. And it has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard him say. He’s asked a question about Amazon’s new Kindle e-reader device, and ...

Invading Europe on the cheap

Not quite what it sounds like, but I do like this video. Via Slashdot and Kevin Kelly, this video shows how three graphic designers with just a few costumes, some rop, a digital video camera and their design skills and equipment, manage to convincingly restage the D-Day Landings on Omaha Beach. While I think Kelly ...

Weeds: Selling pot for fun and profit

Caught up with many episodes of the great comedy/drama Weeds last night, watching the last four episodes of season two, and the first episode of season three. It works remarkably well as a drama, but even better as a comedy — it was definitely my favourite comedy last year. We’d only intended to watch 1-2 ...
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