Feed for July 2005

Charlie Brooker on TV drinkers: “[Shane McGowan’s] face, following years of hardcore glugging, now resembles a puff-pastry model of the moon, speckled with broken teeth.”

Tom Coates asks “Where are all the UK start-ups?” and prompts some fascinating replies.

Where are we going to get our daily dose of Goth Whitlam now? Good luck with the new direction, Graham.

In case you were wondering, the Home Office came through last week. Yes, we now have Infidel Leave to Remain.

Sudoku is evil. Planarity is eviller. And I don’t even dare try The Kingdom of Loathing.

Jon Ronson meets the “super-hacker”: “It’s not a very good bargaining chip at all, really, is it?”

Now that’s what I call TEFL! “Songs and artists I’d cherished for years suddenly became worthless; some of the best music I had to offer was often the worst for the job in hand.”

Speaking of Nick Hornby... (I wasn’t, but anyroad...)

Speaking of Ben Folds... (some time ago).

“You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.”

KF on a deeply depressing attitude. The flavour of this here blog—particularly its omissions—has undoubtedly been affected by the “academic appearances” conundrum since the word go (and especially in the past 12-18 months), but the sort of attitudes KF discusses makes me think I needn’t have bothered being judicious—what’s the point, when you’re screwed either way? “Dear Mr Lodge, we would offer you the position, but we’re a bit worried about all those novels you write.”

The BBC site was down earlier, but here’s their coverage. (Partly to send that last post under the fold; I wrote it less than a day ago and already it seems like stale newspaper.)

Feed for June 2005