Sense tells me that I should be using Google Reader, but I find the user interface immensely aesthetically unpleasing. But Helvetireader is a userscript that pares down the application to the bare essentials. And it’s all in Helvetica, too. I think I am drooling. [via]
"The study suggests that self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads Web searchers to conclude the worst about what ails them." Pope is Catholic. France is full of French people. And I only have one leg (though I didn’t need the internet to tell me.)
Despite appearances of neglect on my other site, fear not. I haven’t run out of ideas. I haven’t given up writing (yet). I am merely practicing the fashionable new art of slow blogging. And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.
"… a platform where the top productivity bloggers will share their best productivity principles and tips ‘n’ tricks. Let’s help everyone get more done and be more productive!" No, let’s not. For the sake of all that’s holy, let’s not.
A growing collection of jokes in the following form:
- My wife’s gone to the Caribbean.
- No, she went of her own accord.
Jamaica jokes are essentially puns, but their structure and form provide the sort of constraints which makes the Haiku more interesting than prose.
“The nation’s favourite grandmother was, I thought, in fact a ghastly old bigot, a prey to precisely the kind of prejudice which had driven the conflicts the European project had been designed to prevent … I thought that what she had said was nasty and ugly.”—BBC presenter thought Queen Mother was a ‘bigot’
“Cave lives in the top floor of this block in Hove, overlooking the sea. ‘I officially leave the house. I put on a suit and come to work.’ He means this literally: today, he’s in blue pinstripe. Doesn’t he ever stroll down in his trackie bottoms? Cave stares. The temperature drops. Bats fly, cobwebs quiver, an old door creaks. ‘I don’t,’ he says slowly, ‘have any trackie bottoms.’”—Nick Cave: Suited, booted … and very, very dark
“The plucky ‘dancing pig’ emerges as a winner then, his public appearance fees having trebled at least, from about £5,000 to £15,000. And after all the phone-rigging controversies of the recent past, people feel they have had a proper say. But the truth, as the tango band strikes up again, is that we, the public, have been played like a violin.”—The Independent: Strictly con dancing
“Perhaps I didn’t swear enough. Swearing has become the mark of comedy, but I really do think that comedians who swear a lot are hardly ever funny, and this time I’m not joking. People with a talent for comedy should watch their language and people who can’t watch their language should cook food. There, I’ve “something” said it.”—Clive James: Turning the air blue
“The laws about assisted suicide in this country are made by educated people, but that counts for little when it comes to commonsense. If these are the type of people that make decisions for me, I would rather die. An English man’s home is supposed to be his castle, but I cannot shut my castle doors and keep people out.”—"I cannot forget what life was like before" by Noel Martin
“Worn down, feeling like a burden and with their needs unmet, it’s perhaps understandable why people like yourself might choose death. But surely before we even consider assisting people to die, we need to assist them to live.”—"Dear Noel, is life really not worth living?" by Liz Carr
"The Croatian government has banned Christmas and New Year parties in the public sector because of the global financial crisis." The Croatians are eminently sensible people. I’ve always fancied living in Zagreb.
“I think if I didn’t write I would go mad. I remember watching the first series of Big Brother, and the thing I couldn’t get my head around was the No Writing Instruments, No Writing At All thing.”—emma j. lannie: Writing From The Angry Well
“The best way you have of voicing your opinion in a way that can matter. Nothing’s perfect, and there’s always going to be mistakes, but there is simply no excuse for not casting a ballot for what you believe in. Take the time to understand the issues and then take the time to vote. Don’t let people who aren’t going to be around four years from now decide your future. Complaining without voting is worse than any hanging chad.”—Urban Dictionary: vote
“When Brand’s show first aired, two people complained. After a week, thanks to the huffing and puffing of the Daily Mail, the Sun - and the BBC’s own echo chamber of 24-hour news - complaints had rocketed to more than 37,000”—Public learns to handle new digital weapon