Check out The Applestore of the future. I particularly liked AppleTherapy and the ThoughtPort….Read More Why settle for less?
First, racist language in the constitution. Then trying to ban books with homosexual characters in them. And now we have the Alabama judge in court “wearing a judicial robe with the Ten Commandments embroidered on the front in gold”. (As one wag put it, “don’t worry as long as the robe isn’t white and doesn’t…Read More There's something about Alabama…
When their own ballots are affected, naturally! From The Seattle Times: “The King County error came to light Sunday when Larry Phillips, chairman of the Metropolitan King County Council, was looking over a list of voters from his neighborhood whose ballots had been disqualified. Phillips spotted his own name on the list, prompting an investigation…Read More When do politicians take electoral issues seriously?
While I was visiting my mother, she mentioned that she’d heard that “Anthony Flew has got religion”. This means that the rumours of Flew’s possible recantation must have spread from the phil. of religion blogosphere to BBC Radio 4, so I thought I’d check out the state of play. In October, Richard Carrier documented the…Read More The Anthony Flew brouhaha
A couple of days ago I was checking out late night TV shows in England when I came across a video of a concert with a really exciting and energetic band. I didn’t know who it was, but the singers (a soulful woman and a stunning rapper) had the crowd in their hands, and one…Read More CD of the week: "The Best of Groove Armada"
I just arrived back in Brookline, MA after flying from LHR to BOS. The flight was late, due mainly to fierce headwinds: we took an extremely northerly route, up to the southerly tip of Greenland (around 60N 45W) and then over to make landfall over central Labrador before heading SSW towards Boston. On Saturday I…Read More Back home from England
From my list of “authors whose works I’ll buy sight unseen”, there’s a new book by Iain M. Banks: The Algebraist. This is a sprawling space opera, possibly stand-alone, possibly starting a new series – it’s not a Culture book. It’s set in a world galaxy in which all A.I. has been banned. [Hardback edition…Read More New Iain M. Banks: "The Algebraist"
The Economist on what happens if the dollar’s fall means that it loses its status as the reserve currency for the world: “The dollar’s loss of reserve-currency status would lead America’s creditors to start cashing those cheques — and what an awful lot of cheques there are to cash. As that process gathered pace, the…Read More The Economist on the dollar's decline
In today’s Daily Telegraph, there’s coverage of a press conference including Rowan “Mister Bean” Atkinson. He and others criticized proposed changes to UK “hate speech” laws that have been interpreted as covering criticism of religious ideas. “The freedom to criticise ideas – any ideas even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is one of…Read More Rowan Atkinson on the right to offend
Live at the 8th Jini Community Meeting at The Brewery in London; listening to Jan Newmarch of Monash University talking about a variety of Jini based projects at Monash. (Sign of the times: 90% of the laptops here are Macs….) Bizarre stuff: hearing references to Geoff Arnold that resolve not to me but to the…Read More At the Jini Community Meeting