March 8, 2007

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Fascinating documentary, including why CO2 levels rise after global warming, not before....

February 24, 2007

Net neutrality awareness

It's important stuff. Save the Internet | Rock the Vote...

June 7, 2006

Benjie Goodhart on the World Cup

If you're worried about being able to hold your own in the pub over the next few weeks, you might want to have a look at my friend Benjie's world cup review. You'll find out useful things like the fact...

March 23, 2006

Sharing has its risks

Chevy are running an interesting "create your own advert" campaign. It's open, it's sharing, and it's connected. I'm biased, but Jeremy Edwards would get my vote....

January 18, 2006


Continuing on the religious tip, you can now Chat with God at iGod...

January 13, 2006

The truth "out there" is different

A couple of curiosities have come up recently concerning national identity and how it distorts (rightly or wrongly) one's view of things. First was a map of national stereotypes based on Google searches for e.g. "what the English are known...

September 16, 2005

The awkward squad

A little angst-ridden tale of how homebrew book-classification goes wrong. (from the GuardianOn the table at which I am writing there's a pile of disconsolate books. They are homeless. At the end of a long and weary process of rearranging...

September 14, 2005

Never stopping learning

This man is rapidly becoming my idol.Kenya's oldest school pupil, 85-year-old Kimani Nganga Maruge, has boarded a plane for the first time in his life - to visit the United States. He is going to address a United Nations Millennium...

September 1, 2005

Photos with Flash

A New York paper is running a story on Thao Nguyen's transformation " from quiet Web developer to feisty crimefighter". [thanks Matt for the pointer] Allegedly (and while I've every sympathy with her if it did happen, it looks like...

August 25, 2005

Signs of the times

I love this! A recent article from Wired called Roads Gone Wild talks about a Dutch gent called Monderman. Worth reading the article in full but some selected quotes: "The trouble with traffic engineers is that when there's a problem...

August 23, 2005

Where there's muck there's brass

Lordy lordy. Crap goes stylish. [thanks to Robin for the laugh]...

August 21, 2005

The Self Help Misnomer

Had it pointed out to me recently that "self help" books are a little disingenuous. The self bit is redundant - there is an author after all. Perhaps "help" books would be better. Perhaps it's a tiny nit-picking point....

June 10, 2005

Praying for Aussie burnout

OK. So they don't really play Twenty20 , but the Aussies still make it look easy."Matthew Hayden has some ominous news for English cricket supporters, Australia are starting to get the hang of twenty20 cricket. The Australia opener proved once...

June 3, 2005

Doubt and Toilet Soap

[via Chris]Spiked have just done a science survey to celebrate Einstein Year, asking a range of renowned scientists what one thing above all they would teach the world about science. There were two gems. From Frances M Ashcroft:Science is the...

May 20, 2005


Autoblogger made me snicker. (Thanks to Eszter over at Crooked Timber). The byline is: "You have a life. AutoBlogger helps you live it". From the site's FAQ1. What is AutoBlogger? AutoBlogger is a powerful content-authoring software tool designed for online...

May 4, 2005

A history of authority

Author and authority have the same root word. It's a small point but thought the etymology was interesting. 1230, "Authority" --- autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument," from O.Fr. auctorite, from L. auctoritatem (nom. auctoritas) "invention, advice, opinion,...

April 22, 2005

Mashed Up

On Aleatoric Sugar

April 20, 2005

Amazon Customer Service

At last, the UK Amazon Customer Service numbers

April 4, 2005

Outgrowing the Organisation

Seems to me that individuals are increasingly outgrowing the organisation. Expectations are aimed at fuller, richer lives, at travel, at the pursuit of interests, and at freedom of routine. And we expect organisations somehow to support us in this. Put...

Parliament, Councils and Online Communities

On a recent debate in Parliament about online communities, support, and vested interests.

February 28, 2005

Protecting Bloggers and a Principle of the Internet

In aid of some bloggers, but hopefully with at least half an eye open.

February 23, 2005

Go Ogle Moonface

Three cheers for incorporated subversion's James Farmer and his theory about the naming of Google.You see the real source for the name [Google] is Enid Blyton, in particular from The Magic Faraway Tree series where Silky and Moon Face are...

February 11, 2005

London of Lloyds

Lloyd Davis podwalks London as it is

January 25, 2005

My first sensible leap of faith

Do something worthwhile with your computers - please.

January 20, 2005


When shops play music, why don't they do it along the same lines as LastFM?

January 18, 2005

Comic Timing & Communication

Here's a question: what, apart from laughs, do we lose when we communicate through medium that doesn't allow for comic timing? Answers on a postcard, please....

January 7, 2005

Lost child found - a week ago

Tsunami Boy found already

January 6, 2005

Lost child - please help

Do you know this child?

December 15, 2004

I'm Jesus Christ ... Get Me Out of Here!

On Madame Tussaud's celebrity-filled nativity scene and the pagans responsible.

December 9, 2004

Grid thinking (2)

Grid thinking = open source perhaps

December 8, 2004

Diseases and Cures

Probably a silly question

October 14, 2004

Google Desktop

On Google's beta release for desktop capabilities

October 13, 2004

NASA nosiness

On some NASA software that gives you an alien-eye view of where you live.

October 5, 2004

Etymology of Serendipity

On Serendipity, Serendip, and Sri Lanka

Reorganisation Deferred Frustrating

On a strange cluster of common words

October 4, 2004

Thalidomide! A Musical

On song and dance and a horrific drug.

September 21, 2004

Next generation Social Tools

On Siemens and minty freshness

August 19, 2004

Innocence & The Wisdom of Crowds

On the pains involved in being an aggregated part of the process

August 16, 2004

Actions and deeds

On my love for jargon.

June 11, 2004

Bikes & things

On a picturesque but possibly flawed cycling trip.

May 27, 2004

Abundance and the Wish to be Spoon-Fed

On yearning to be spoonfed, despite the little grey cells still working.

May 26, 2004

On primacy of ideas

On why most visible isn't first, and why saying it is riles.


On pointless promotion of my grammatical skills

March 19, 2004

The Robot & Beethoven's 5th

On a picture of Andre Previn's nemesis

March 6, 2004

New Tools, Same Crimes

On how the technology may be new, but the rest is business as usual

February 26, 2004

Writing across the lines

On a grandmother's advice to a conventional child

February 25, 2004


On audioblogs, and a starter for ten

February 14, 2004

Lost in States

On where have they put Saddam?

February 7, 2004

London Bloggers

Nice find by John Moore (or his friend). Either way London Bloggers seems like a neat resource, allowing you to find which bloggers are based at tube stations near you. John found fifteen other bloggers near him. I found one...

February 3, 2004

If you ain't got that swing ...

On the "anthroscope" - a tool to help you transmit your mood

February 2, 2004

Keirsey Temperament

On my being ripe for Field Marshaldom ... erm ...

January 6, 2004

Classified: Gulliver's Travels

On why you can't always tell what someone likes by looking at what they like.

January 5, 2004

Knowledge Management Methodology

On my latest project - researching a knowledge management methodology

December 8, 2003

The Exception Proves the Rule

On the meaning of "the exception proves the rule".

December 7, 2003

Harvard Moral Sense Test

There's an interesting piece of research being done at Harvard's Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Basically, they have developed a test which they think will help them work out what moral intuitions are cross-cultural, evolved etc. And anyone can do it....

December 1, 2003

The EGG Algorithm

On an ALife algorithm that uses groups rather than genes as its metaphor.

Moveable Type Spam Notice

Notice of MT spam vulnerability

November 27, 2003

Real Live Memes

Link to some homebrew research on meme propagation.