Question of the day

What exactly are “Deathly Hallows?” I guess we will have to wait to find out. In the meanwhile, the decision is whether it’s time to reread “Half Blood Prince” now, or wait for a definite ETA for the final book.

Categorized as Books

Second Life: a pet rock for the new millenium.

Are there really two million people using Second Life? Bobbie Johnson Thursday December 21, 2006 The Guardian You’d think so. With glowing press coverage, virtual world Second Life would appear to be going from strength to strength: last week it broke through the 2m sign-ups barrier. But not everybody is convinced by such milestones. Clay… Continue reading Second Life: a pet rock for the new millenium.

Software price woes in Britain.

Are we being ripped off over software? With sterling at nearly $2, the price difference between here and the US looks starker than ever Jack Schofield Thursday December 21, 2006 The Guardian Buy a copy of Microsoft Windows or Office, Adobe Photoshop or even a game in the UK, and you will usually end up… Continue reading Software price woes in Britain.

News of the Weird: “El Caganer”

Pooping Peasant Popular in Spain ‘El Caganer,’ the Great Defecating Peasant Increasingly Found on Mantelpieces in Spain BARCELONA, Spain Dec 20, 2006 (AP)— The Virgin Mary. The three kings. A few wayward sheep. These are the figures one expects to find in a traditional Christmas nativity scene. Not a smartly dressed peasant squatting behind a… Continue reading News of the Weird: “El Caganer”

Thailand in the economic news

No idea what to make of this, but in case it’s of interest to any of my readers: Thailand Abandons Limits on Foreign Stock Investments (Update6) By Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Margo Towie Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Thailand scrapped currency controls on international stock investors one day after their imposition by the central bank prompted the… Continue reading Thailand in the economic news

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

Via AMERICAblog: Wholesale prices surge; Housing rebounds WASHINGTON – Inflation at the wholesale level surged by the largest amount in more than three decades in November, reflecting higher prices for gasoline and a host of other items. The Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, was up 2 percent last… Continue reading “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Another step towards an effective artificial heart

Man with no pulse considered a medical breakthrough PETER RAKOBOWCHUK Canadian Press MONTREAL — A 65-year-old Quebec man who received a new long-term mechanical heart last month is being described as the only living Canadian without a pulse. Dr. Renzo Cecere implanted the “Heartmate II” mechanical heart into Gerard Langevin in an three-hour operation Nov.… Continue reading Another step towards an effective artificial heart

Today’s roundup.

1) Fun with google suggest. 2) Good commentary on drug legalization. Prohibition: a crippling habit There is only one way to end the misery of addiction revealed by the investigation into the Ipswich murders: legalise the drugs. …the comments are as much worth reading as the article. 3) Via RASSF: 4) Also via RASSF,… Continue reading Today’s roundup.

Categorized as Miscellanea

“Spelling! That’s where I’m a viking!”

The “webmaster console” feature on Google is interesting. In my earlier post “I’m simultaneously appalled and amused…“, I misspelled appalled as “apalled” and at least at one point I was averaging the 8th highest ranking use of the mispelling. I’ve just now fixed the title. This is not my only misspelling that they seem to… Continue reading “Spelling! That’s where I’m a viking!”