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I have just been reading a piece on the New York Times website about the increasing role Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media play in our lives (via BoingBoing.

It reminded me a lot of an article I read in the Independent earlier in the summer; I meant to blog about it at the time (indeed, I was going to tie it in to an article in The Economist about Jimmy Whales – the founder of Wikipedia - although, irony or ironies, articles on the Economist website can only be read by subscribers: it is distinctly not open source or “web 2.0”).

The article in the Indie, by Michael Savage (no idea if he is this Michael Savage or not; but it was in keeping with his thesis that I needed to Google him!), takes a privacy angle: are we happy that all this personal information is out there? (I was going to write “private”; but of course if it is on the internet, private is the one thing it isn’t.)

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I have just been reading a piece on the New York Times website about the increasing role Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media play in our lives (via BoingBoing.

It reminded me a lot of an article I read in the Independent earlier in the summer; I meant to blog about it at the time (indeed, I was going to tie it in to an article in The Economist about Jimmy Whales – the founder of Wikipedia - although, irony or ironies, articles on the Economist website can only be read by subscribers: it is distinctly not open source or “web 2.0”).

The article in the Indie, by Michael Savage (no idea if he is this Michael Savage or not; but it was in keeping with his thesis that I needed to Google him!), takes a privacy angle: are we happy that all this personal information is out there? (I was going to write “private”; but of course if it is on the internet, private is the one thing it isn’t.)

Read more... )

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Sep. 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm
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I haven't been playing here for a while. I have been on holiday in the west country - Somerset and Bristol. And then working, this week.

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Yesterday morning, I lay in bed early in the morning listening to the radio. I was more than half asleep. The early morning business bulletin introduced (as I heard it) "an analyst from Intel." He then started talking about cheese. I thought this was so bizarre that I thought I must have been dreaming.

It was only when I heard the later business bulletin (basically a repeat of the earlier one) that I realised I had got it wrong. It was an analyst from Mintel, a market research company. I still found it very bizarre that he was talking about cheese, though.

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Looking at the listings in today's Grauniad, I was interested to see that ITV2 was showing the movie "Groundhog Day" today (though not really, since I don't have Freeview). When I saw they were showing it tomorrow, too, I had a real feeling of deja vu.

Stuff

Sep. 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm
rhythmaning: (on the beat)
I haven't been playing here for a while. I have been on holiday in the west country - Somerset and Bristol. And then working, this week.

* * *



Yesterday morning, I lay in bed early in the morning listening to the radio. I was more than half asleep. The early morning business bulletin introduced (as I heard it) "an analyst from Intel." He then started talking about cheese. I thought this was so bizarre that I thought I must have been dreaming.

It was only when I heard the later business bulletin (basically a repeat of the earlier one) that I realised I had got it wrong. It was an analyst from Mintel, a market research company. I still found it very bizarre that he was talking about cheese, though.

* * *



Looking at the listings in today's Grauniad, I was interested to see that ITV2 was showing the movie "Groundhog Day" today (though not really, since I don't have Freeview). When I saw they were showing it tomorrow, too, I had a real feeling of deja vu.
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No one on my flist seems to have posted any links to this yet, so I hope I am the first.

Homer Simpson v Cerne Abbas Giant.

The photograph had me in stitches.

And proof that some religions - ok, practioners of religions - really do have no sense of humour.
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No one on my flist seems to have posted any links to this yet, so I hope I am the first.

Homer Simpson v Cerne Abbas Giant.

The photograph had me in stitches.

And proof that some religions - ok, practioners of religions - really do have no sense of humour.
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I had a friend visiting last weekend, and we decided we wanted a pizza. I let slip that I had never ordered a pizza delivered to the door before.

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I had a friend visiting last weekend, and we decided we wanted a pizza. I let slip that I had never ordered a pizza delivered to the door before.

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In the past couple of weeks, I have seen

  • Clive Anderson, looking angry in Piccadilly - he was in a hurry
  • the lovely Siobhan Redmond in York Place; she was wearing bright red lipstick - she looked tired and disolute, but her lips looked lovely
  • Melvin Barg Bragg on a bridge over the Thames, hurrying to the South Bank; I'd like to think he was off to do the South Bank Show, but I kind of doubt it.
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In the past couple of weeks, I have seen

  • Clive Anderson, looking angry in Piccadilly - he was in a hurry
  • the lovely Siobhan Redmond in York Place; she was wearing bright red lipstick - she looked tired and disolute, but her lips looked lovely
  • Melvin Barg Bragg on a bridge over the Thames, hurrying to the South Bank; I'd like to think he was off to do the South Bank Show, but I kind of doubt it.
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I tried this one on my local [livejournal.com profile] edinburger community, but to no avail as yet, so I thought I would throw it open to the wisdom of my f-list...

I have a DAB hifi radio, and over the past three or four weeks I have noticed that the reception has steadily deteriorated - there are now so many cracks and gurgles that it is almost unlistenable to.

At first I thought it might be the weather, but it has not gone away.

I have an interior aerial - which was fine until October. The signal strength is fine: according to the unit's instructions, I should be getting really good, clear reception (the minimum for a clear sound is 5/16; my signal is 15/16) - but it is still gurgling. It is a mains-powered unit. Aaagh!

Any ideas or suggestions welcome. (Please don't tell me to get an external aerial, though! Or to move flats...)
rhythmaning: (on the beat)
I tried this one on my local [livejournal.com profile] edinburger community, but to no avail as yet, so I thought I would throw it open to the wisdom of my f-list...

I have a DAB hifi radio, and over the past three or four weeks I have noticed that the reception has steadily deteriorated - there are now so many cracks and gurgles that it is almost unlistenable to.

At first I thought it might be the weather, but it has not gone away.

I have an interior aerial - which was fine until October. The signal strength is fine: according to the unit's instructions, I should be getting really good, clear reception (the minimum for a clear sound is 5/16; my signal is 15/16) - but it is still gurgling. It is a mains-powered unit. Aaagh!

Any ideas or suggestions welcome. (Please don't tell me to get an external aerial, though! Or to move flats...)
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The new jeans behaved exactly like the old jeans: falling off my slender frame.

This called for drastic measures.

For the first time in – oh, maybe fifteen years – I have to wear a belt.

I don’t like wearing belts; they get in the way, I don’t find them comfortable, and generally I just haven’t needed them. I can’t quite work out why I need one now, but clearly I do.

At least my trousers aren’t falling down.
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The new jeans behaved exactly like the old jeans: falling off my slender frame.

This called for drastic measures.

For the first time in – oh, maybe fifteen years – I have to wear a belt.

I don’t like wearing belts; they get in the way, I don’t find them comfortable, and generally I just haven’t needed them. I can’t quite work out why I need one now, but clearly I do.

At least my trousers aren’t falling down.
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Did anyone wonder - like me - why "Spooks" was on last night rather than tonight - Hallowe'en? ;)
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Did anyone wonder - like me - why "Spooks" was on last night rather than tonight - Hallowe'en? ;)

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