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Via John Fleck I come across the American right’s List of Evil Books. Fairly predictable list, but notable for one wonderful piece of logic, discussing Keynesian economics: “When the business cycle threatens a contraction of industry, and thus of jobs, he argued, the government should run up deficits, borrowing and spending money to spur economic […]

Pointless toys

So the GNOME guys are very proud of their new Nokia 770. After the initial ‘hey, that’s cool!’ wore off, though, I’m not. Why? It’s a pointless geek toy. I mean, really, really, really pointless. Sit down and ask yourself how many people you know will actually buy one of these and use it for […]


I went to see the new Star Wars movie last night. It was pretty good. Not as good as II or V, but good. Coming off I and II the fact that George Lucas can’t write dialogue (especially romantic dialogue) to save his life is no longer a surprise, Ewan McGregor’s performance was closer to […]

phantom out

Know my biggest bugbear with baseball umpiring? The phantom out at second base. David Wright got called out for interference on a wide slide at second base in the game against the Braves today; on the merits it was a fair call, he was a couple of feet wide of the base making his takeout […]


My HTPC now runs Freevo, and pretty much works. I’m quite proud of this. Here’s some tips. First of all, you need a TV card. One that works. My advice is to buy a cheap Hauppauge PCI card, WinTV branded. Not the PVR series, one of the ones with a Brooktree chip. These will work […]

Program of the day

AdamW’s program of the day: I just discovered ‘htop’. Have you ever been a bit frustrated at how top doesn’t do really, really, really obvious things, like scrolling when you press the arrow keys? You’re not alone. Get htop – it does all the stuff anyone with half a brain expects top to do the […]

GNOME idea of the day

I’ve been stewing on this one for a while, but here’s a constructive suggestion instead of a rant. Since around 2.6 or so, GNOME has started to suffer from Windows 98 disease. A GNOME desktop running a decent amount of modern GNOME-y apps tends to have a system tray (sorry, ‘notification area’) full of crap. […]


It’s good to know The Register’s skills in turning a phrase and knifing Kevin Warwick have not declined over the years… “[Kevin] Warwick is to cybernetic research what Hello Kitty is to animal husbandry…” From this story.

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