This evening I came across a great passage in the book I am reading. The passage is about programming languages, the book isn’t. Not really anyway. But, of course, the point of a programming language is that you don’t just read it; you write it, too. You make it do things for you. And this, […]
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June 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Programming flavours · Technology
March 26th, 2014 · Comments Off on Charlie Brooker on Darwin · Life
This evening I found a great quote from Charlie Brooker, taken from a 2008 Guardian article: Darwin’s theory of evolution was simple, beautiful, majestic and awe-inspiring. But because it contradicts the allegorical babblings of a bunch of made-up old books, it’s been under attack since day one. That’s just tough luck for Darwin. If the […]
August 18th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Life, Music
This evening I watched the film of Johnny Cash playing at San Quentin prison.Â It is a remarkable film of a remarkable concert and a reminder of why Johnny Cash is the country singer that even people who don’t like country music can appreciate. At one point he sings a song called San Quentin I […]
May 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Politics
…creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time. Etc. etc. Nearly all over now. There is a lot of talk about this being a significant election, about the possibility of massive change in the system.Â There are hundreds of soi disant experts and each has a different […]
May 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Oops I’ve done it again · Politics
Hot on the heels of his speech to Citizens UK, Gordon Brown has gone and made another excellent and inspiring speech – could have done with it all a bit earlier, but better late than never eh? This time he has gone for a long speech that is packed with soundbites.Â I think my favourite […]
April 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Politics
Yes it is only two weeks until the big wobbly sausage! If that makes it sound like I am losing my marbles a bit, I refer you to this story in the Telegraph, specifically the end bit.
March 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on Imagination · Politics
I came across a passage in Iain Banks’ novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale this evening that I felt like sharing.Â Â It expresses what I feel about the differences between left and right very well – far better than I could do myself.
I just came across a candidate for quote of the week, hidden away amongst a huge number of comments to a post over at Labour List,Â Nils Boray said: I even have a modicum of respect for Margaret Thatcher – you always knew where you were with Maggie. It was just being there without a […]
March 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Told you so · Politics
[Cross-posted from Common Endeavour] I am rarely in a position to say “told you so” but someone who is in a great position to utter those words is Naseem Nicholas Taleb.Â I am nearing the end of his book The Black Swan (published in 2007) and on page 225 he says: We have never lived […]
January 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Life
I make no secret of my affection for the late John Peel.Â I’m sure he would be the first to admit that he was far from perfect, but he was one of the few celebrities I could imagine seriously wanting to be.Â The most obvious reason for his becoming a national treasure was his radio […]