Nasty news from Tibet

This video, which looks horrifyingly like one of the dopey Flash shooting games my son plays, ran as an exclusive on ITV News this evening but it’s evidently been on YouTube for a week. While it was breaking (somewhere in the world) last week, the People’s Daily (China’s official organ) ran with Tibet sees surge… Continue reading Nasty news from Tibet

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Wanted: PHP5 or Rails coder for eBay widget

Could you code a clean, usable web widget using the eBay API. Required functionality • The widget will display a user’s eBay items for sale (and possibly some other stuff) on their blog or homepage, using a script tag that renders the widget’s content. • Users will add the widget to their pages using Snipperoo’s… Continue reading Wanted: PHP5 or Rails coder for eBay widget

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Today’s stupidest job title

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate I know it’s not really funny and I know this is a serious job dealing with sad people and I’m pretty sure this job doesn’t actually involve advocating domestic violence (“Go on. Get it off your chest! Just lash out. You’ll feel better…”) but couldn’t they have picked a better title?… Continue reading Today’s stupidest job title

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Another sad, jug-eared Tory comes out…

I bring you – without comment, of course – the voting record of Gregory Barker, utterly true blue MP for the constituency of Bexhill and Battle. I think you’ll also want to note TheyWorkForYou‘s (entirely algorithmic) assertion that Barker’s record shows him to be ‘moderately against’ equal gay rights (Stephen Newton, though, points out that… Continue reading Another sad, jug-eared Tory comes out…

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Neglect, plain and simple

This note was sent downstairs long after bedtime by my eight year-old last night. He got his sister to bring it down because he’d been sent back to bed without the right amount of sympathy. I particularly like the ‘e.g.’

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Competition in unexpected places

Competition has already arrived in bits of the marketplace that seemed out of reach not long ago: domestic electricity and gas supply for instance. So called ‘natural’ monopolies turn out not to be so natural when you put them under the free-market microscope. How about this, though. I bet you never expected to see competition… Continue reading Competition in unexpected places

Hungary 1956 links

A handful of interesting archival videos at YouTube, including this lovely 90 seconds of trams in Budapest (nothing to do with the uprising, though, as far as I can see). Pictures, some contemporary, from flickr. Terrific interview with Gyorgy Ligeti (by John Tusa) who escaped Hungary in the wake of the revolution. Timothy Garton Ash… Continue reading Hungary 1956 links

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Computing in a (really big) box

Sun’s big black shipping container is the most exciting thing to happen in computer hardware since they stopped shipping them with casters.. I remember sitting around rapping with my friends (my less fashionable friends, obviously) ten years ago about how, one day, you’d be able to rent computing power like you rent a skip or… Continue reading Computing in a (really big) box

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Inkjet wheeze

The Epson R220 is a nifty (and cheap) photo inkjet but it takes six inks and costs a fortune to feed (over £70 if you buy inks singly, £50 if you buy a six-pack). We’ve tried remanufactured cartridges before but they were rubbish. Now, I notice, you can buy 100% compatible own-brand cartridges at Asda… Continue reading Inkjet wheeze

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Reuters arrives. Cool departs.

I guess the warbloggers who’ve convinced themselves that hyper-objective, scrupulously neutral Reuters is an arm of the giant global liberal conspiracy will be sending their avatars to picket the news agency’s latest bureau – a virtual one covering… erm… ‘events’ in the SecondLife RPG. Can I be the only one who thinks Reuters’ bid for… Continue reading Reuters arrives. Cool departs.

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