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Read More · 18 August 2013 · Music

The Long View

I’ve finally started tinkering with the photos from some recent trips, to turn them into galleries and maybe even write a bit about them, if I can get my prose-writing wheels turning again. I’ve added the first fruits to an old gallery of panoramas, starting with the Mountains of Mourne—so, yes, the trips were to Northern Ireland and to Shetland, two places I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to but am very glad I did. [Edit, 29 October: The Shetland panoramas now have their own gallery.]

Which reminds me that I have other unstitched panoramas in my photo archives I should do something with. And sets of photos of whole other trips. And old prints and negatives I should scan. And a list of unwritten blog posts as long as Armagh. Time for another reboot, perhaps.

14 August 2013 · Site News

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry

Xerox copiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents. There’s one of these outside my office.

Are universities collecting too much information?

Bruce Sterling on Snowden, Assange and Manning. Partial rejoinder at Boing Boing.

How copyright made mid-century books vanish.

How a single mutation expanded (some of) humanity’s diet.

Exquisitely Weird Spiders.

The Alan Partridge Player for iPhone. The new movie is classic Alan.

Doctor Two. Great clip from a show that gets better and better.

The marvellous Claudia O’Doherty: What is England? What is Jack the Ripper? What is Time?

44 Mortifying Autocorrect Blunders. Funniest thing I’ve seen online in ages.

One Second to the Next. A devastating documentary by Werner Herzog.

11 August 2013 · Weblog

Our very normal solar system isn’t normal anymore.

Can a week under canvas reset our body clocks? Yes.

Are we hybrids? Who knows, but it’s an entertaining idea (via Mefi).

The Machine Zone is far too close to home.

Bradley Manning from inside the courtroom.

How the Snowden saga will end.

No escape from the bedroom tax.

Lone Star Statements.

Innerviews interviews Mike Oldfield.

Malcolm Tucker is the Doctor!

5 August 2013 · Weblog

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