[REVISED] This got almost no coverage. In Lancaster Online (the web edition of the Lancaster, PA Intelligencer Journal; minimal registration required), there’s an account of President Bush meeting with a group of Old Order Amish. At the end of the meeting, Bush said, I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my…Read More An item that you may have missed
While surfing a random* blog, I came across a quotation that captures exactly what I want Sun to be. Jonathan, are you listening? But there’s no reason why you can’t create a service organisation of people who all just “Get it.” Virgin do this brilliantly. I recently had to travel to Mumbai. I called Virgin…Read More "No, but God, we'd love to!"
I’m going to be brief on this one, because it doesn’t need much explanation. I’ve been a Marillion fan since the late 1980s: I think it was my son, Chris, who introduced me to Script for a Jester’s Tear and Misplaced Childhood. Like many others, I found an echo of an earlier love in this…Read More CD of the week: "The Best of Both Worlds" by Marillion
Just watched the final evening of the Democratic Convention (on C-SPAN, of course). I thought Kerry’s speech was excellent, capping a week of wonderful speeches from Clinton, Gore, Carter, Edwards, Cleland, and Obama. And Kerry’s daughters were fantastic, more than making up for Lieberman’s embarrassing performance. Naturally enough, I want to share some of these…Read More Speech, speech! (But where are the DVDs?)
As I write this, the official number of US military dead in Iraq is 906. But many soldiers die without being added to the casualty list. Over at Democracy Now! you’ll find a gut-wrenching interview with the parents of a 23 year old Marine Reservist, Jeffrey Lucey. (It’s also mirrored here, at John Fabiani’s blog.)…Read More The uncounted casualties of Iraq
The Current Electoral Vote Predictor integrates recent polling data to create a map of Electoral College votes. As with most successful sites, it concentrates on doing just one thing, and doing it extremely well. (Only omission is that there’s no RSS feed to alert me on updates.) Thanks to Tim for the link.Read More A political junkie's dream site
A number of my colleagues at Sun have been blogging about the number of MyDoom-generated emails in their inboxes today. Compared with most companies, Sun is barely touched by these infestations, but in a company which generates tens of thousands of emails a day, even “barely touched” means a lot of effluent. The incidence should…Read More Community action on viruses
I just spent a fruitless half-hour on the United Airlines frequent flier website, checking availability of round-trip award flights from BOS to LHR. Is everybody leaving Europe for the USA? Permanently???? How else can I explain the fact that for every date pair that I tested in August and September, I found one or two…Read More Is emigration to the USA out of control?
Frustration is… Calling a hospital ward in the UK Being given a phone number so that I can call a patient directly Discovering that since it’s an “07” number I can’t dial it from the USA…..Read More Phone frustration
Per Terry, it seems that while the U.S.Army is so shortstaffed that they are recalling a 67 year old retired Colonel, the Air Force and the Navy are doing fine. They are offering early outs (as much as 12 months) with no penalties to first term enlistees because they have (sit down, it’s a deusy†)…Read More Things that make no sense (ongoing series, apparently endless)