Writing from April 2005

I don’t understand

From yesterday's Guardian business section come two stories that demonstrate I either have no understanding of how business and government works, or there's something very wrong in the world:

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In Misc on 3 April 2005. 4 comments. Permalink

With great audiences…

Like everyone else I know (or everyone else I know who doesn't get out enough) I enjoy reading Boing Boing, the group weblog that's become phenomenally popular over the last few years. It hits the spot for thousands of novelty-hungry geeks and is popular enough that it often doesn't seem worth linking to something if it's already appeared on Boing Boing. However, I think this vastly increased popularity changes the nature of Boing Boing, and the responsibility of those who write for it.

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In Misc on 3 April 2005. 60 comments. Permalink

HTML wot I wrote

Unless you happen to be involved in either the energy or "life sciences" industries, it's unlikely that Wood Mackenzie's new website will make any impact on your life. But I point it out because I've spent a surprisingly large amount of time this and last year working on the HTML/CSS templates for the new site.

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In Personal on 13 April 2005. Permalink

Vote for me and Jamie Oliver!

JamieOliver.com, which I built last year with those marvellous Pokers has been nominated for a Webby Award. And we need YOU to go here now and vote for the site. Eddie Izzard's currently in the lead so go and fill out the laborious forms, sign over your first born, track down the correct category and vote for JamieOliver.com.

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In Personal on 13 April 2005. Permalink

Mind Hacks by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb

Finally got round to reading it and wasn't disappointed. Very dense with interesting nuggets. The notes aren't a summary of the whole book; more the bits that I found most interesting or that were most new to me.

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In Books on 15 April 2005. Permalink

Piano Notes by Charles Rosen

Fascinating insight into the world of professional piano-playing. I think you'd get even more out of it if you either play the piano (something I haven't done for years) or have been to a lot of concerts. Made me realise how far away I am from really understanding and knowing the few works I'm vaguely familiar with.

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In Books, Music on 15 April 2005. 2 comments. Permalink

Holidays and urban spaces

As the recent photos indicate, we spent last week in Avignon. I'm hopeless at holidays. First, I will happily put off deciding to go anywhere forever unless there's a particular event, like a conference or party, which fixes it in time. Second, once on holiday I rarely want to do much; I'm simply happy to be somewhere foreign, away from my desk, and would be content to sit on a park bench watching passers-by for a week.

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In Personal on 28 April 2005. 1 comment. Permalink

The Hitchhiker’s Guide movie

Like one or two other people, I've been looking forward to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie. I was expecting to know the plot, give or take a few tweaks here or there but it hadn't occurred to me that I'd also know much of the dialogue. Some of it I could have recited with the characters, other bits came rushing back from whenever it was I last read or heard them, and other remembered phrases were glaring in their absence. "But you forgot the next line!" I kept thinking. Where in my mind has this useless stuff been living all these years?

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In Misc on 28 April 2005. 5 comments. Permalink