My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-6-27) →
Lady Gaga (39) Grizzly Bear (24) The National (23) The xx (22) The Futureheads (22) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
thomyk Podcast 82: Jungfrau →
In which Thom and Michael tell you how to climb a wall, how to hang off a crane, and how to spot Alfred Hitchcock, as well as other considerably less worthy celebrities.
Thomyk on Shift Run Stop: Whether I really want to admit it or not, the bespectacled short-haired man talking about Lego in that video is myself. We’re on the wonderful Shift Run Stop this week talking about our podcast, Lego, role-playing games and many other things. Thanks to Leila and Roo for having us on!
Football fans are idiots →
Apart from the bit where he says “Football, for all its faults, is still the best sport in the world” I’d say this is pretty accurate.
BP and the Axis of Evil →
Depressing post by Adam Curtis charting BP’s role in the coup in Iraq. On the other hand, it does feature a man called Kermit.
On iPhone's Autocorrections
One feature of iOS4 that is yet to receive a great deal of coverage is the changes to the dictionary used for autocorrect. Unsurprising really, but for a grammar pedant such as myself, I find it rather interesting. All of those who live outside Reading (whichever way you look at it - that’s got to be the majority of Apple’s customer base) will be greatly relieved to find that the...
Feats of Clay →
New York Observer piece on Clay Shirky. A bit breathless and hyperbolic in places, but an enjoyable read.
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-6-20) →
Lady Gaga (33) The xx (18) Grizzly Bear (12) The National (11) Belle & Sebastian (10) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
The dustbin of art history →
Great article from Prospect Magazine compares the shallowness of the Rococo period in art history to the current crop of modern artists.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as...– Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Intellectual honesty and html5 →
Great post by Christopher Blizzard of Mozilla. Naughty, naughty Apple.
A new politics? Not until we blow away the... →
Excellent article by Iannucci from earlier this month, explaining how far politics has strayed from being an authentic representation of the people.
Vaguely live map of trains in the United Kingdom →
This is the equivalent to the tube map, but for rail lines. It shows you trains in and out of key stations.
Live map of London Underground trains →
Not quite sure how useful this is, but it’s rather entrancing.
What it's like to own an Apple product →
Well, yeah. That’s pretty much it.
Following a spat about the Google/Apple rivelry, Joe Wilcox complained about John Gruber’s Daring Fireball not having blog comments enabled. Apparently, turning comments on on your blog makes you ‘a man’. Although what sort of definition of manhood this implies is beyond me. This led to a rather sparky rant from John about blog comments, and it’s one that I’m almost...
John Gruber on blog comments →
“Comments, at least on popular websites, aren’t conversations. They’re cacophonous shouting matches.” There’s also some good stuff in here on the Android/iPhone spat.
If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.– Steven Wright
I'm Comic Sans, Asshole. →
“I am a sans serif Superman and my only kryptonite is pretentious buzzkills like you.”
My philosophy: Ben Goldacre →
Interview with Goldacre by Julian Baggini of the Philosopher Magazine. He’s on good form, and rather charmingly realistic about his successes.
Gary McKinnon and Flat Earth News →
A summary post from Jack of Kent about the McKinnon case. In the end, I’m inclined to agree with the first rather than the second reason not to extradite Mckinnon, but it’s worth reading all the posts and making up your own mind.
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-6-13) →
Joanna Newsom (18) Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible (15) Grizzly Bear (15) Claude Debussy (13) LCD Soundsystem (12) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by …
Thoughts on O2's new iPhone Contracts
O2 have followed suit from AT&T in the US and made their data plans for the iPhone. Although this has caused a lot of fuss, personally I don’t think it’s a particularly big deal. Firstly, they’re not changing any contract that you’re signed up to - it only applies to new contracts. They’re perfectly entitled to change that if they want to. If what they...
Greece myth is an excuse for UK cuts →
Sensible, intelligent piece by Rachel Reeves that compares the different debt situations of Greece and the UK.
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-6-6) →
Miracle Legion (29) Joanna Newsom (18) The National (16) The Futureheads (12) LCD Soundsystem (9) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
The first in the series on Montaigne written by... →
More from the wonderful Comment Is Free Belief section.
How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries →
Perhaps a touch more involved than I like from a meal, but you can’t say the man hasn’t put the effort in.
Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion →
Excellent article on the flotilla situation in Israel.
What your email address says about your computer... →
Yup. Although my experience says that Yahoo mail people aren’t quite that bad.