I had planned to get up this morning and write a blog piece about the wonderful Al Stewart show that I attended in Bellevue last night. However when I woke up I realized that my “dream match” was on TV – Arsenal vs. Manchester United. Two great teams, both on top of their game. (I…Read More Distractions
I was thinking about blogging on the subject of HDTV, but Andrew beat me to the punch with a piece that says pretty much everything I was going to say. Some of the content on the Discovery Channel is mesmerising in its beauty. And despite the fact that the set-top box, TV, home theatre, and…Read More HDTV
From a letter to The Guardian about the recent protests in London against legislation banning discrimination against homosexuals: If those Christians protesting outside parliament against the sexual orientation regulations were the exception, why did four out of the five bishops inside parliament vote against the rules? Andrew Copson British Humanist AssociationRead More Thought for the day
“Night Comes On” by Leonard Cohen (from Various Positions) I’ve been listening to lots of Leonard Cohen recently. “Suzanne” by Judy Collins (from Colors Of The Day) “The Ballad Of Ron And Popo” by the Legendary Pink Dots (from Chemical Playschool Volume 9) Just to prove I don’t usually edit these lists: this is probably…Read More Random 10
What’s worse than heavy-handed DRM on downloaded music? How about various levels of heavy-handed DRM from a supplier who won’t tell you whether or not a track you’re going to buy is “extra-crippled”. In a sane society, this would violate all sorts of trading standards – as it is, it’s probably one more nail in…Read More Microsoft's version of Monty Python's "Spring Surprise"
How could anyone read the first few sentences of this piece in Good Math, Bad Math and not be hooked? I decided that for today, I’d show the most thoroughly evil programming language ever devised. This is a language so thoroughly evil that it’s named Malbolge after a circle of hell. It’s so evil that…Read More Most compelling opening paragraph for a blog entry
While I’m on the subject of Simon Blackburn, here’s his review in TNR of the posthumous collections of essays by one of the most important philosophers of the last 100 years, Bernard Williams. I was particularly struck by Williams’ elegant treatment of the difference between science and the humanities. For example… but no, I shall…Read More Blackburn on Bernard Williams
Even though I’ve lived in the US for the last 26 years, I’ve never gone through the process of acquiring US citizenship; I’m still a “resident alien”. When I’m filling out application forms, or checking in at hotels, I enter “United Kingdom” for the country that issues my passport. And for the most part I…Read More Being British
[Bear with me on this one, OK?] I’ve recently started reading Butterflies and Wheels, prompted in part by the enthusiastic review that they gave to Frederick Crews’ wonderful Follies of the Wise. Today they linked to an interview by Nigel Warburton with Simon Blackburn, professor of philosophy at Cambridge. I blogged about his latest book,…Read More Blackburn on Truth, philosophy, and Dawkins
Andrew Sullivan just posted about “the terrible abuse of power and the constitution in the Padilla case, one of the most important cases in the history of American liberty”. He links to Dahlia Lithwick, who concludes that: The destruction of Al Dossari, Jose Padilla, Zacarias Moussaoui, and some of our most basic civil liberties was…Read More Torture as a distraction?