Month: April 2008


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In time for tomorrow’s election, a few highlights of Boris Johnson’s career might be in order: Getting fired from the Times for falsifying a quotation. Writing that “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.” As Editor of the Spectator, […]

Clown shoes

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This article is worth reading if only to marvel at the creative genius that caused the writer, when under pressure to produce a credible story of childhood angst within seconds rather than blow his cover, to come up with this: “Hello,” I said, taking a deep breath. “My name is Matt. My father was an alcoholic circus clown who used to beat me with his oversize shoes.” Also, it turns out that there’s a demon […]

One brave MP

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Libel law in Britain is confusing and, it can be argued, unfairly skewed towards the claimant. Libel law in Russia, on the other hand, is now completely batshit. From an AP report, available everywhere: MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Friday to widen the definition of slander and libel and give regulators the authority to shut down media outlets found guilty of publishing such material. The bill’s passage comes just days […]

You are what you eat

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From here: The new advertising strategy follows the “Welsh miners” campaign, launched in 2006, which aimed to reposition the seedy image created by the “Slag of all snacks” and “Pot Noodle horn” ads for a more upmarket, health-conscious audience. That’s “upmarket” and “health-conscious” as in “drinking Special Brew and eating kebabs is more upmarket and health-conscious than guzzling four-star straight from the pump and licking grease from the pavement”, presumably.

And sleep

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Spent most of today at Infosec, a big trade show for the computer security industry. Did I learn anything particularly interesting about computer security? Not really. Did I learn about some techniques for hypnotising people? Oddly, yes. The most interesting has to be the handshake interrupt (page includes some good videos of Derren Brown using the method). Apparently – and I say this because I haven’t tried it, and nor do I intend to – […]