Folk justice

Sophisticated it ain’t. Taking a man’s lottery winnings away from him fifteen years after he was convicted and sentenced may sound Mediaeval to you but I suspect there’s worse to come. Retrospective punishments might just catch on – and let’s not be timid. Why stop at the first generation? A miscreant’s offspring ought surely to… Continue reading Folk justice

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Polly Pocket lesbians

I’m getting a lot of pornospam from a web site called tinylesbians.com (I don’t want to link – it’ll only encourage them). I’m reluctant to actually visit the site in case it’s not about really tiny, palm-sized, miniature lesbians (Juliet says they might be Polly Pocket dykes).

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Should have gone to Spec Savers

I was looking for the CAF web site, which is at http://www.caf.org.uk and came across this handsome page at http://www.caf.org.

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Thinking ahead

At the House of Commons event the other day I ran into a futurist called Susan Clayton. I like futurists. They do important work reminding us to remember our descendants. We don’t (can’t?) think far enough into the future. Our horizons are miserable, collapsed, mean-spirited. Future generations don’t really get a look in – one… Continue reading Thinking ahead

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Proles vs Toffs

I’ve spent a fascinating day in Oxford at the Politics of Code conference, featuring the estimable Larry Lessig, Esther Dyson et al – and a lot of old friends. It’s late so I’ll post properly tomorrow. In the meantime, I think I’ll find an excuse to pop back to Oxford tomorrow to watch the students… Continue reading Proles vs Toffs

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Two good articles from The NYRB

From the current New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson’s clever and humane review of Michael Crichton’s ‘Prey‘ – another blow against the tech determinists – and Timothy Garton Ash’s chilling and useful Anti-Europeanism in America.

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Gibson on Manguel on books

William Gibson talked to Alberto Manguel about books: “I was in a bar in Barcelona, on the Rambla, with Alberto Manguel, just before Christmas, talking, as it happened, about why books, the paper kind, are such a good thing. Neither of us suggested building beds from them, but Alberto did say that he thought the… Continue reading Gibson on Manguel on books

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