Archive for the ‘wibble’ Category

There’s been a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking over last week’s shutdown of Boston during the pursuit of terror suspects. I have my own opinions about what went on, but don’t feel this is the time or place to get into that. The point of this post is to examine whether if many (or even […]


I get to go along to a lot of industry conferences, and goody bags are pretty standard fair. I expect that most of them quickly find their way to landfill, which is always a shame. A couple of years ago I was visiting somebody who I’d met at a conference, and I had one of […]


This is one of those started as a comment, but really deserves a full post type things… My comment was in response to JP’s The new new telco where he posits that Facebook could be a very valuable business due to its telco like properties on a global scale. Here’s my original comment: This is […]


Bubble 2.0

06Jan11

I had the misfortune of missing most of the first Internet bubble. Although I’d got into the Internet before there was a World Wide Web I’d signed my life away to the Royal Navy (in exchange for a great education and generous financial package). Thus I got to spend the two years it took between […]


Shortly before digging into the copy of Cognitive Surplus I bought on Google ebooks the other day I read this piece comparing the relative merits of Google, Amazon and Apple’s offerings. One of the areas of the store/reading experience it didn’t touch on was gifting. Since getting my Kindle I don’t really want any more […]


I took the kids for a day out to the Tower of London last week. Despite one of my colleagues suggestions I didn’t leave them there. It was great – particularly the knights tournament and the water balloon catapult in the moat. On leaving, my wife suggested that we should take a tour bus to […]


For @monadic, who forgot this was happening, and @stephenbonner who asked for a blog post summarising events – a short write up of last Friday’s Open Rights Group event, ‘resisting the all seeing eye’, featuring Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross. Things got off to a fairly predictable start for anybody who follows Cory’s and Charlie’s […]


They in this case are the machines that we use every day, or more specifically the software running on them. By using language like ‘they’ perhaps I’m already using a person like metaphor that’s inappropriate to the situation. Regardless, we’re confronted each day by machines that make us do repetitive tasks rather than taking them […]


One thing that I find repeatedly frustrating is when I’ve seen a really cool article or posting about something (usually on a blog, or linked from a blog) that I want to reference or go back to, and I just can’t find it again. This would be less of a problem if I was a […]


Hugh came out with a good one today – “any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice“. This is a close cousin of Grey’s law, which gets a mention on the Wikipedia page for Hanlon’s razor. It seems like a good mash up of a couple of my old favorites – Napoleon’s “never ascribe to […]