ramblings

TwitPanto – Dracos.co.uk

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , 23 December 2008

Wonderfully clear version of the twitter panto, pulled together on the fly by a wonderful person. Narrator in pink, cast in blue, backchannel behind you… [link]

ManyBooks.net – Free eBooks for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook Reader

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , , 26 November 2008

I've got a Sony eReader — and I've quickly eaten through the free "classics" that come with it and a number of CC licensed works. Rather than buy books I've start on this site — there are 22,303 eBooks available and all free. [link]

Second Life and the Marxist theory of alienation (Dave’s Part)

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , 16 November 2008

Religion,’ Marx wrote, ‘is indeed the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself or has already lost himself again … It is the fantastic realisation of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality.

‘The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”

The parallels with Second Life are plentiful. Sure, at one level, this virtual reality world is harmless fun, no different in principle from any other form of the escapism in which all of us sometimes indulge.

Unlike religion, Second Life isn’t even accompanied a more or less intellectually rigorous belief system with the ability to inspire both the better and the baser human instincts. These days, it looks like even alienation has to be dumbed down for mass consumption. [link]

Rory Cellan-Jones on not being fooled by ‘surveys’

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , , , 3 November 2008

Rory rightly dismisses a press release that uses an ‘survey’ and twists the results so as to appear newsworthy. “So, while I’ll admit that I’ve occasionally fallen for this kind of stunt in the past, I’m going to resist it this time. But don’t be surprised if you pick up a paper this week and read “Secrets of the Granny Gamers.”” [link]

Momus on Tea

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , , , , 23 October 2008

It's worth reading what Momus has to say on most subjects, and this includes lots of PG Tips Chimps videos too. [link]

What I did on my holidays – Birmingham Post – Lifestyle Blog

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , 21 October 2008

Stupidly long blog post about what I did when I went to Pisa last week. It's difficult to write about another country without decending into 'mad foriegners' mode. [link]

Mark Steel – Video Lectures Online

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , , , 14 October 2008

Free downloads of some of Mark’s TV lecture series. The man may only really do one joke (“see this thing of historical or political importance, it’s a bit like when you lose your shoes isn’t it?”), but he does it with panache and is possibly the only person who I find myself never disagreeing with. Apart from cricket, he likes cricket. [link]

The Top 51 Episodes of Red Dwarf

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , 12 October 2008

Propper Red Dwarf geekery. [link]

American Estate Agents

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , , 30 September 2008

If you're gratefl for nothing else in this world, give thanks that the UK doesn't have the personality cult thing going on for Estate Agents. British ones are bad enough, with their BHS suits, Wella hair products and small red cars – but at least we dont' have to deal with these: [link]

Danny Smith shaves a Batman logo into his chest hair

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , , , 30 September 2008

Everyone thinks it's going to be hair surrounding bat symbol, but it's the other way round. Photos and instructions should you want to do likewise. [link]

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