December 2007

Finally! The US broadcast of the second season of Life On Mars started this evening. I’ve watched the first episode, and it’s as compelling as ever. Now if they could just release season 1 on DVD over here… ((There was a review of the new season in today’s San Jose Mercury News, which I’m testing…

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Peter Watson’s piece in today’s Times – Here’s an improvement on democracy – has a lousy title but is spot-on otherwise: The inconvenient truth is that the West should be exporting secularism around the world before it exports democracy. Democracy implies not just one person one vote but – no less important – that the…

Read More Secularism before democracy, please

I’ve uploaded the photos from Saturday (San Francisco Bay) and Sunday (Jack London Square and Alameda). Steve has blogged how we all tried our hands at slot-car racing after lunch on Sunday. It must be 40 years since I last handled a slot car controller, but it all came back surprisingly quickly. (Maybe here in…

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Regular readers will know that I’m a pretty hard-core atheist. It’s not just that I disbelieve in god; I find the whole concept of god incoherent. However, having observed the rituals and manifestation associated with this particular deity, I might be persuaded to make an exception: Cricket pads look rather good on an elephant, don’t…

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On Saturday, Alec, Adriana and I spent the day with Laureen Hudson and her family, first having lunch aboard their catamaran and then cruising San Francisco bay on a friend’s powerboat. Photos coming soon; in the meantime you can read about Laureen, her work, and her causes here, here, here, here, here and here! UPDATE:…

Read More The boating life

I’m just about to board my flight home from SFO to SEA. I got to the airport early, added myself to the standby list for an earlier flight, and it came up trumps – window seat, exit row. Sweet. I had a great weekend, took lots of photos, saw lots of friends, and made some…

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I’m flying down to the San Francisco area for the weekend, to visit friends and family. I’m really looking forward to it, although not to the early departure and late return. I shall take my iPhone and my Kindle, which should be enough gadgetry to be going along with; I don’t think I’ll need a…

Read More Heading south for the weekend

Here’s Hitch, in characteristically forthright style, shredding “Mitt Romney’s windy, worthless speech”. Money quote: A long time ago, Romney took the decision to be a fool for Joseph Smith, a convicted fraud and serial practitioner of statutory rape who at times made war on the United States and whose cult has been made to amend…

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