New religions

If you were to invent a new religion – a post-enlightnment, post-Darwin, post-DNA, post-space travel religion – what would it look like? Would it scrap a conventional, external deity in favour of some kind of meditation-enhanced ego? Would it have an extra-terrestrial creation myth? Would it have a ‘chief scientist’ and be active in gene… Continue reading New religions

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Oh no it isn’t!

Happy Christmas From Steve Bowbrick! . Have a great new year, stay in touch and do let me know what you’re up to.

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Creative Commons

Let me get this straight right up front: I think the public domain is critically important to human advancement, I think the net is its most important representative on this plane and I think copyright is out of control. I also think that Creative Commons is a fascinating and practical new approach to networked copyright… Continue reading Creative Commons

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Readership in need of renewal

Peter Preston highlights the effects on newspaper publishing of the UK’s falling birthrate and aging population.

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Joe Strummer

I’m certain we’ll see better obituaries for Joe Strummer from some of the great writers of that period (many of whom are presumably now drowning their sorrows) but, in the meantime, here’s one from the NME whose crass content management system just can’t help offering ‘Joe Strummer ringtones’ under the headline.

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Intoxicated

I make no apology for the fact that this weblog has taken a domestic turn lately. It’s Xmas. The pleasure of watching the faces of our three and four-and-a-half year-olds watching Cinderella this afternoon was so intoxicating – I wish this dumb camphone would work in low light. I could have shown you! You’ll have… Continue reading Intoxicated

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How do they do that?

This ?9.95 toy records twenty second sound clips and incorporates them into its programme of lights and sirens and racing around. Oliver, aged four, takes this entirely for granted, of course. This morning, the car raced up to me in the kitchen and announced “Daddy, you are under arrest”.

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Tily in the gloom

The questionable low-light capabilities of this Ericsson cam-phone (have you wondered why the TV ads all seem to be set in the Sahara or Southern California in high summer?) and the sepulchral gloom of Blacks in Dean Street produce interesting results. Here’s Stuart Tily, another.com‘s new capo, looking like a Rembrandt merchant (you might need… Continue reading Tily in the gloom

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Time for a photolog

I will use these instructions to create a photolog using MT in five steps when I get around to it. I will. I will. I will.

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Matt’s meme for Christmas Number 1

Partly to celebrate Matt’s meme and partly to test Ben’s ‘More Like This from Others’ thingie, Im blogging Ben’s link to The New York Times‘ Ideas of the Year. Do I have any idea how this works? No.

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