Bilk Sneer, Eh?

Where was I? Oh, right... links.

Anna Funder, author of Stasiland, on The Lives of Others and Germany’s secrets.

Air cars, electric cars, and plug-in hybrids. Why aren’t these everywhere?

Photosynth combines Flickr images into zoomable VR models.

Possibly only interesting to those who have Crossed Over, but these humiliating moments in parenting will take some beating. (That isn’t a dare, son.)

It’s been a couple of weeks, but the closure of Fopp is still depressing, as is the claim that it’s because of mp3s and the “death of the CD”. The chain was apparently profitable, and had diversified into DVDs and books anyway (as any former customer knows)—it was more a case of expanding too rapidly, by the sounds of it.

By the way, here’s Ian Anderson on the “death” of the CD (non-perma link, so read it now): “Per capita CD sales in the UK are the same as they were five years ago ... but online mail order buying has really taken over.... While the weekly trot into a High Street shop to buy a single that was on Top Of The Pops has gone, reducing impulse buys of mainstream, major label albums, hardcore music buyers now increasingly let their keyboards do the shopping and can find far more of what they want and more easily online.” I’ve certainly bought a lot more than 2.7 CDs this year, and it’s only half over.

Terminator kill-bots to be run by a system called “Skynet”. Possibly unwise.

Troubled Diva on blogging and book deals.

Never say never again: Dave Gorman’s blog.

And if you’re a blogger, never take a day off. Or, if you’re me, take two weeks off for no particular reason and never look at your stats.

Something more substantial on its way soon. [ I write it.]

18 July 2007 · Weblog

Thanks Rory - I enjoy reading your blog which I found when looking for analysis of Fiji around the time of the coup.

The only comment I have been tempted to make is that you missed the opportunity to choose the most appropriate name to reflect your son's ethnic background and birthplace - Bruce.


Added by Jon on 20 July 2007.

Nice to hear from you, Jon. (Is your name not Bruce, then?) Actually, the classic male name for my generation in Oz was more like Wayne, to judge by the number of times I’ve heard it followed by “Price check on 3”.

Added by Rory on 20 July 2007.

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