The trouble with leaving it so long between posts is where to begin, when the news keeps piling up and being newsworthy. A Hurricane Sandy post-mortem? Obama’s re-election? The Jimmy Savile fallout? Or how about on the home front: the whole family coming down with a virus for two weeks? Edging towards a start-date for building work on our attic, which we’ve been working towards all year? Zürich, which we visited in October—or Switzerland, for that matter, which I’ve now visited five times in two years, and am soon to visit again for work? It would all need so many words to do it justice, yet once again I have to write more words of assignment feedback instead.

I really shouldn’t have abandoned the post-a-little-every-day idea, as it’s the only way to chip away at this stuff. Maybe I’ll reward myself with a post or two between feedback sheets.

Here are some links to pages which aren’t about any of that.

Hedgehog trapped in crisp packet in Weston-super-Mare released after a three-and-a-half hour rescue involving six people.

Cat trapped in box released after a few seconds.

Ethiopian children teach themselves with tablets. The comments provide more background about this OLPC-inspired experiment. (Via Mefi.)

Future power: a urine-powered generator and the BioLite stove.

Cory Doctorow on the pointlessness of web filtering.

Obsessionistas, an impressive site about collectors and their collections. The entry on plugs and sockets and its related site were disturbingly interesting.

The Infinite Jukebox is the future of muzak. I got stuck for ten minutes in the endlessly looped ennui of “Karma Police” and thought I’d never escape. Kafka Police.

The Onion’s Extremely Accurate History of the Internet, Part 1 and Part 2, with more to come.

Musings about making things for the web. I’m not usually big on The Oatmeal, but his Sad-Sounding Career Formula struck a chord.

The awful case of Savita Halappanavar and her medically unnecessary death as a result of other people’s religion.

15 November 2012 · Weblog