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Compliance

by David on April 14, 2013

The film Compliance tells the hardly-believable but essentially true story of a sociopathic phone-pranker who, pretending to be a police officer, persuades a fast-food restaurant manageress to detain and strip-search a young female employee, then leave her to be sexually (…)

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California, here we come

by David on June 17, 2012

Fire lookout, the Sierras, California, 2004 It’s 8 years since I was last in California, although I’ve returned to the US frequently since. This year, in about five weeks time, we’re flying to San Francisco then taking a car up (…)

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male suspect, initially identified as Iranian, accidentally blew his own legs off There’s a shame…

by David on February 14, 2012

male suspect, initially identified as Iranian, accidentally blew his own legs off There's a shame… Bangkok grenade attacks wound 'Iranian' suspect and four others Thai police say male suspect, initially identified as Iranian, accidentally blew his own legs off in (…)

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Ow. Right arm seizing up. Might need that cortisone injection into my elbow. Halp!

by David on February 14, 2012

Ow. Right arm seizing up. Might need that cortisone injection into my elbow. Halp! Cortisone shots: Risks – MayoClinic.com Cortisone shots — Comprehensive overview covers definition, risks, results of cortisone injections. This was posted on Google+…

The comprehensive Russian Rulers podcast moves on to Stalin’s Purges. Part I. I was at least half…

by David on February 13, 2012

The comprehensive Russian Rulers podcast moves on to Stalin's Purges. Part I. I was at least half-fortunate in falling in with a Trotskyist outfit when I went through the mandatory youthful left-wing radical phase so I never held a torch (…)

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Guillaume de Machaut, it’s said, was the last great poet who was also a great composer. I think y…

by David on February 12, 2012

Guillaume de Machaut, it's said, was the last great poet who was also a great composer. I think you can hear the Arabic influence in much of his music; not this one so much – Douce dame jolie – but (…)

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The excellent Andreas Scholl singing an Anglo-Scottish traditional ballad, the gloomy and beautif…

by David on February 12, 2012

The excellent Andreas Scholl singing an Anglo-Scottish traditional ballad, the gloomy and beautiful Lord Randall, He's poisoned and soon to die: Make my bed soonFor I'm sick to my heartAnd I fain would lie down. Traditional English Lute Songs – (…)

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A tentative stab at using textures

by David on February 12, 2012

A tentative stab at using textures This was posted on Google+…

Happy Birthday, Mr Lincoln Because I’m running the @cdarwin Twitter stream I know when it’s his b…

by David on February 12, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr Lincoln Because I'm running the @cdarwin Twitter stream I know when it's his birthday; but I was surprised when I discovered that Abraham Lincoln was born the same day in 1809 as Darwin. In 2006 I visited (…)

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Useful. Unit testing Google App Engine web apps.

by David on February 11, 2012

Useful. Unit testing Google App Engine web apps. Per Thulin's Tech Blog: Google App Engine: Unit Testing A GAE application is run either by dev_appserver.py or in the production environment. This tutorial show how to write tests for GAE. We (…)

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