Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Ah, to hell with it. We’ve broken the damned planet already.”

Ah, to hell with it. We’ve broken the damned planet already. Let’s live high on the hog while we can. And if our descendants can’t take the heat, I hear there are some bacteria that can. They were here before … Continue reading

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Camus meets the Terminator…

From here And there’s this too –

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New Scandal: Local bureaucrat did not discriminate, harass or fiddle the books (From next week’s Private Eye)

A new corruption scandal has engulfed Neasden Council. After extensive independent and police investigations, local middle-manager John Smith has been found to have never traded his position for any financial or sexual favours. A twelve month inquiry, involving officers from … Continue reading

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A police van marked “Community Concern Enforcement.” I shit you not.

Sadly, I didn’t get a photo, so you’ll just have to trust me. We were on the curry mile, in a restaurant that’s gone sadly down hill (the service, not the food, but I am digressing). An impressive “Reclaim the … Continue reading

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Won’t get fooled again? Course I will. By myself. Again and again and again. Science notwithstanding…

Saw this recently – “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitching of our intelligence by means of language.” Wittgenstein. which reminded me of that Feynman quote – “Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle … Continue reading

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Of futility: allotments, hoses, and leakage

At the allotment yesterday* I got a strong whiff of the futility of it all.  This stuff actually happened, pretty much as I recount it below, with merely a soupcon of poetic license. There was a visitor just checking out … Continue reading

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Yet another neologism; snisking (= snarking and fisking at the same time)

To snark: to use sarcasm or malice in speech. Commonly found in the LiveJournal community. also snarky, snarkiness. To fisk: to undertake a point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story. A really stylish fisking is witty, logical, … Continue reading

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