"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Scientist Has Nagging Feeling He Left Particle Accelerator On

funniest line from today's onion. made me laugh anyway.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

I've republished the archives in monthly format and they now seem to work OK...
John, the archive's not working!

Last week's ok, but previous weeks not available. (IE6.0, win2k etc etc)

Monday, March 29, 2004

John's post below about Tom Wilson has inspired me to unleash the Gallery of Neds!!!!


The horror, the horror...

Friday, March 26, 2004

Just read on popbitch that Tom Wilson, the king of "tartan techno" has died. There's a tribute to him on the Radio Forth website.
Straight into my all time top 10 websites:

In a week's time I shall be here.

I like the title of this blog. One day I will dance on her grave, oh yes.
The Exorcist in 30 seconds with bunnies.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Turning the Tide

I found this interesting blog, though it seems a bit left wing...

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Here is what one of my favourtie reference books (Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable) has to say on the subject of Fitzrovia:

"A world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics"
Times Literary Supplement, 1958

Sounds brilliant!
Oxfam - The 0.7% campaign.
Take action now - demand that Gordon Brown fulfils UK international promises on aid and increases our aid budget to 0.7% of the country's wealth.

I just got a spam email advertising a new niche genre - goth porn. The strapline was 'You won't get any mercy from these sisters'. Whatever next?

Yes, we are all individuals...
And images?

Google Image Result for www.cinefex.com/backissues/number10.jpg
Testing to see how this works...

Extension Room :: BlogThis: "BlogThis by Phil RingnaldaAdds a context menu option to blog a link to the current page and the selected text (if any) through Blogger's BlogThis form."
For anyone using Firefox...

Extension Room :: BlogThis: "BlogThis by Phil RingnaldaAdds a context menu option to blog a link to the current page and the selected text (if any) through Blogger's BlogThis form."

Just testing John's revelation about Google toolbar.

I had hidden that button on mine - now prepare to be bombarded with lots of random boring links.

Er, like this one that I happened to have open, about how Sun will sell software to governments: Sun bases prices on countries' populations.
More skyscrapers!
Skyscrapers transforming City skyline

Interesting article on, errr, skyscrapers transforming the City skyline.

BTW, do you guys use the Google toolbar on IE? It allows you to make a Blog post pointing at the website you are viewing just by hitting a button.
Political Cartoon even more boring and impenetrable than the issue it attempts to address...

onion cartoon

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Ok, I'm stupid. How do you put a picture in without going like <img src="http://whatever"> ? Isn't there a button to press or something?
I'm in disguise...
Stupid picture of Seumas

Monday, March 22, 2004

Crikey - London Metropolitan University have just beaten Jesus College, Cambridge in the second round of University Challenge. Quite a high scoring match too!

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Mass Extinction Not Inevitable

After glancing at the doom laden front page of the Grauniad yesterday and reading the New Scientist article, this interview in Wired has made me feel slightly less depressed about Life on Earth. Hurrah (a bit).

Friday, March 19, 2004

In Pictures: Your Scotland

Every Friday I go to this BBC site and daydream about relocating. One of these days...

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Bad day? End it all with an asteroid and no worries about work in the morning...
I'm here. Hungover and tired, with a Guinness hat on top of my monitor. I guess I just didn't have anything of import to say. There is a photo of the pub lunch yesterday but I'll have to wait to get it (it's on a phone ATM).

Marketing scam or promising development?

npower are offering windfarm-only generated electricity to home consumers.

Where's Seumas?

And why does he spurn our blog so?

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

As I cycled in this morning I found a large chunk of Bloomsbury closed off due to a security alert. Apparently Brixton High St is the same. What larks we are having these days!


Monday, March 15, 2004

Beware the Ides of March!

Went to the natural history museum at the weekend and saw the wildlife photographer of the year exhibition. There was a brilliant picture of an ape seeing its reflection in a mirror for the first time. I feel like that myself some mornings.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

We forgot to post Seumas's link to the Russian girl with a motorbike who rides around Chernobyl taking pictures.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Blog Links

Apropos of not very much other than to lighten my mood on this most wretched of days, here are links to the blogs I read on a daily basis.

i love everything
weegie advertising hoarding

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Budget Deficits

Basically i think if you run a big budget deficit, the fact that you have to service the debt by borrowing from banks, issuing bonds etc means that investment funds for more productive economic activity get crowded out, and the economy as a whole suffers.

Right, lets get back to XY women ;-)
the RSS feed is working fine. i've just installed SharpReader which seems to work pretty well btw (windows only I'm afraid seumas).
RE: Krugman and US debt

$500 billion is the figure I see, but I think there's a distinction between deficit and national debt. Deficit is the annual budget over-spend (i.e difference between tax revenues and expenditure). National debt is the aggregate of budget deficits and all the government's other long-term debts, such as war bonds, accrued over years and years.

If you go here, you can make a contribution to paying off the US National Debt!!

I've enabled the "site feed" feature so Fitzrovian Tuesdays can be read by RSS news aggregators. The address to point the reader to is http://fitzroytuesday.blogspot.com/atom.xml

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I'm in danger of revealing how much time I spend online like a sad git in the evenings when I'm pretending to do some extra-curricular work (and impressing/worrying my flatmate with what she imagines to be my work ethic - this is the danger of broadband), but thought I'd better reveal that the internet is shit.
By the way, Krugman seems to reckon that the US budget deficit is currently around 500-odd billion, which doesn't tally with the running total from the link below.
More on budget deficits. I was trying to find a good Paul Krugman explanation, but have so far only come up with columns which treat the budget in relation to other issues, such as this one from earlier this month, or this one from last summer. But you could do worse than to check out his official Princeton site, his old MIT site or the slightly fanatical unofficial site.
That Onion link below has turned into something else. The one I meant to provide is now in the previous issue, but looks like the link's not permanent. Not that funny, anyway (and Tom, don't open this one in the LDA). Quick, before the next issue comes out...
here you go tom

Unite Against Fascism
Why rugby is rubbish part 64 - and why Australians deserve their reputation for plain speaking.
Onion foster mom story

(But not if you're in the office)
Links from last night...

Sharjah International Airport .

XY Women.

Still not sure what effect the US National Debt is supposed to have (is it the cause of the low value of the dollar?), but the big numbers are cool.

We didn't chat about this, but you have not lived till you've heard William Shatner sing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

From previous Tuesdays...

Mozilla Firefox web browser

Bit Torrent.