Archive for October, 2008

Tolerance Is Anathema To Dawkins

Thursday, October 23, 2008 0:36 7 Comments

I get fed up with hearing Richard Dawkins repeatedly rant on about how religion is bad, how religious people are stupid, and how anyone who disagrees with him can’t possibly consider themselves a scientist, because religion is specifically about not thinking. There are a number of reasons I get fed up with hearing this. Partly [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Media

Stealing Your Data Just Got Easier

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 0:05 1 Comment

If you weren’t already sufficently paranoid about data security (although whether it can be described as paranoid when people are out to try and steal your money is maybe open to debate), here’s a new one for you. Imagine you bank online. Imagine you’re at home, with a totally secure connection to your bank; you [...]

This was posted under category: Scams & Spams, Technology

What has Mike Ashley ever done for us?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 14:38 No Comments

Much has been said about the tenure of Mike Ashley at Newcastle United. Ever since Mike Ashley bought the club, he’s been going to sell it, according to some sources. Every week we’ve been linked with yet another foreign billionaire who would inevitably then distance themselves from the stories. Nigerians, South Africans, Indians, Americans. It’s [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Diagnosing Death

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:51 38 Comments

It’s obviously a time to be thinking about death — not ideal for someone who suffers from thanatophobia — but sometimes you have to think about death in order to accept the absurdity of life in the first place. All I can say is that it wasn’t me who started it. First, we had Lady [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Life, Thanatophobia


Tuesday, October 21, 2008 0:02 3 Comments

Was applauded off the pitch when he came off against Manchester City tonight. We looked a poorer side without him; he was fighting for every ball and using his physical attributes (big, strong, lanky) very effectively. While I’m not a booer of players in general, and certainly not of players like Shola who I feel [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Creative Writing 4: Character, Not Caricature

Sunday, October 19, 2008 0:13 3 Comments

Take one of the characters you made up a history for in the last exercise and write a monologue for that character of about 200 words. When you’ve done this, see if the way they speak has something unique about it. Take another character, one who is very different, and do the same again. Have [...]

This was posted under category: Fiction/Writing

BO & The Chip Man

Saturday, October 18, 2008 0:37 5 Comments

Also known as “The US Presidential Election”. Some people would suggest that I, as a UK citizen, haven’t really got any right to have an opinion about the election. That’s nonsense. I haven’t got any right to vote in the US election, but I’m entitled to have an opinion on it. Firstly, I think it’s [...]

This was posted under category: Politics

See This Great Dutch Site

Friday, October 17, 2008 10:14 6 Comments

Don’t worry, you don’t need to understand the words, just so long as you can look at the pictures. What? No, it’s not that sort of site. So far as I can tell, it’s some sort of shopping site, I just think it’s pretty funny. Have a look for yourselves. (Thanks to LSW for pointing [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies

Podcast Paradise

Friday, October 17, 2008 0:43 22 Comments

As someone who spends quite a bit of time on the train — where I normally read through the back issues of Computer Weekly that I have allowed to pile up — it’s nice to have something to do when you’ve not got much space, or you’re in that inevitable position of having fifteen to [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Reviews


Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:21 5 Comments

Kids birthdays. Hard work for the parents — and frequently expensive, if you’re hosting the party — but can be very rewarding. Oh, and noisy. Do bring earplugs. There are certain birthday traditions. We have the ‘Grandma Jenny Cake’, where the kids pick some sort of birthday cake and Grandma Jenny makes it. This year, [...]

This was posted under category: The Pickards