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

Monday, May 31, 2004

Re: Ecotricity

There seems to be a bit of a windmill backlash building from unexpected sources. A lot of people (including alternative energy types) are saying that they'll never generate enough power. I was thinking about this stuff the other day, and it occured to me that we should be investing loads in providing solar power in Africa -- doing our R&D there and basically giving it away to them in vast quantities. Also, I still think they should add dynamos to treadmills and exercise bikes in gyms across the world...
Seumas, I'm sure you'll disapprove of me posting this, but I just read a speech by Bill Gates for a thing I'm doing at work, and thought it might be of vague interest for John, workwise: Bill Gates' Speech Transcript: Microsoft CEO Summit May 2004.

Friday, May 28, 2004

Doonesbury at war. Just in case anyone missed the Gruaniad piece yesterday.
Kissinger Tells Of A Drunk Nixon. Hope Monkeyboy isn't back on the sauce - choking on pretzels, falling off mountainbikes etc...

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Well, it's something I suppose.. I've just switched electricity suppliers to http://www.ecotricity.co.uk

It only takes a minute.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Unexpectedly, Shaun Woodward has probably got the best MP's website. It's a blog basically, and he gets stuck in. I've had some reasonable chat with him.


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Best. Geek-Gift. Ever.
Hiya all,

Neither John nor myself will be able to make this Second Tuesday. He's off to the sunshine and I'm off to the cold. Anyway, we thought maybe a Final Thursday might do the trick if you're available for that? Thoughts?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Onion infographic on Electronic Voting Machines -- includes button sequence for God mode, giving user unlimited votes (R2,L2,Triangle,Circle,R2,R2), and pop-ups reading "People who voted for John Kerry also ordered these products from Amazon.com"...

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

What stupendously nice weather we're having!

The new Hari Kunzru novel is all about an Indian in Silicon Valley writing computer viruses.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Rainy-day voice of a generation. Anyone see Morrissey on Jonathon Ross on Friday? Saw it was on but missed it...

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Turning the Pages
Hubble sees 'planet' around star
Good chat last night. Sorry I got there late. As I remember, here were the major themes:

Coming to terms with the absence of free will
A collective bout of "we told you so" about Iraq, tempered by total despair over the situation
John's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Seamus's theism

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Monday, May 10, 2004

Tomorrow evening

Who's up for the Fitzroy tomorrow? Seeing as Colin can't make it, maybe we should postpone to next week?

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Have you seen the End of Story thing they're doing on BBC 3 website? A bunch of authors have written two thirds of a short story, and now they're running a competition to see who can write the best ending...

Friday, May 07, 2004

Don't think I can make it next week
Sorry, I've managed to double-book myself. Perhaps we can hold an extra session later in the month? Apart from general socialising, I was hoping to pick your brains about Linux...
Scottish update

Apologies for the lack of promised photoblogging action - I didn't bring my laptop so can't transfer pictures from digital camera to interweb. I've also not taken very many pictures though will try and post a panoramic shot of the East Lothian coast from the hills above Musselburgh (just what this blog needs) when I get back to London.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Apache killing video becomes viral news

I saw this horrible video of an Apache helicopter shooting Iraqis a few months ago. Something about it didn't seem right - surely it couldn't be real - and I decided that it must be some kind of sick simulation.

In light of all the torture pictures and videos that have come to light in the last couple of weeks, this has been checked out, and apparently it's genuine. My sources tell me it might turn up on the news this week...