Archive for April, 2009

1,029th blog post

Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

I had thought that it might be nice to mark the occasion of the 1,000th post on this blog with a special post. Unfortunately, it would appear that I’ve missed it. If you delve back through my archives, you will see that technically, I’ve produced more than 1000 blog posts by now, as I did [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, The Pickards

Auto-tune the news

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 20:30 22 Comments

[First seen over at Why, that's delightful, this is auto-tune the news.] And it’s silly, bizarre, and most importantly brilliant. Enjoy. I think schmoyoho’s You Tube channel is well worth keeping a close eye on…

This was posted under category: Funnies

Phorm: Privacy Pirate and Proud

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:36 28 Comments

If wanting to encourage people and websites to opt out of Phorm, if wanting to stop any and every incidence of business intercepting my traffic across the internet in order to make money means that I am a ‘privacy pirate’ (see previous post), then it’s a label I am delighted to wear. Conditions for re-use: [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Media, Public Sector, Standards, Technology

Phorm: smears and evasion

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 17:40 17 Comments

Phorm have set up a website to battle those people who it perceives as people who are against it, which it has begun by smearing these people as ‘privacy pirates’. Over the last year Phorm has been the subject of a smear campaign orchestrated by a small but dedicated band of online “privacy pirates” who [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Media, Standards, Technology

Apologies, half of this post is not accessible

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:20 6 Comments

¿oƃ ɐ əʌɐɥ ʇou ʎɥʍ ˙ɥƃnɐl ɐ əq ʇɥƃıɯ ʇı ‘ʇıq ɐ punoɹɐ ssıd oʇ ʇuɐʍ ʇsnɾ noʎ ɟı ʇnq ‘ʇuɐʇɹodɯı ɹo snoıɹəs ƃuıɥʇʎuɐ ɹoɟ lɐəpı ʎlʇɔɐxə ʇou s,ʇı os ‘əlqıssəɔɔɐ ʇıq ʇsəʇɥƃıls əɥʇ uı ʇou sı ʇı ʎq pəɔnpoɹd ʇxəʇ əɥʇ ɟo ʎuɐ ʇɐɥʇ puıɯ uı ɹɐəq oʇ əʌɐɥ noʎ ʎlsnoıʌqo ¿ʇı ʇ,usı ‘looɔ [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities

Searches finding ThePickards

Monday, April 27, 2009 19:30 32 Comments

I was ambling through my site statistics, which I keep a vague eye on, and thought I’d share with you some of the things people are searching for before they end up at ThePickards… +absinthe pissing +blood — I rather feel that someone who has been drinking so much absinthe that they are now pissing [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Technology, The Pickards

Twitterstats: the first thousand

Monday, April 27, 2009 17:30 2 Comments

I recently noticed that I had posted my 1,000th tweet on twitter, since I started on January 22nd. That is 1,000 tweets in 92 days, or an average of just under 11 tweets per day. And when I remarked that I had posted my 1,000th tweet, @scrumph remarked that he had reached the similar milestone [...]

This was posted under category: The Pickards, twitter

Paula Murray, Speak For Yourself

Sunday, April 26, 2009 23:17 16 Comments

Does anyone else remember the Scottish Sunday Express castigating the now 18-year-old Dunblane survivors for erm… behaving like perfectly normal 18 year olds? Come on, you must remember it: I blogged about it, Justin blogged about it, Tim blogged about it and Graham did too. Yes, Paula Murray used Facebook and other social networking websites [...]

This was posted under category: Media

Bad Science

Sunday, April 26, 2009 7:20 21 Comments

I knew I would like this book. It’s the same sort of thing as the book Risk, which I loved, and Freakonomics, which I loved. It’s not so much a book, as a toolbox. In that sense it is similar to Carl Sagan’s The Demon-haunted World: Science as a candle in the Dark. A toolbox [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Media, Politics, Reviews, Science

Enter Stage Left: My Son, The Actor?

Saturday, April 25, 2009 7:20 16 Comments

I asked my elder son, BTP, what he wanted to be when he grew up, at about the time he was starting school last year (aged nearly 5). “An actor or an astronaut.” This hasn’t changed much in the six months or so since. I’ve explained to him that it is certainly possible for him [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards