Religious lunacies 3,755

by David on December 30, 2007

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, urged the Polish community to do more to learn English and integrate into local parishes, claiming the Catholic Church in the UK was in danger of dividing along ethnic lines as the number of Polish-speaking churches rose.

And the response of Polish community representatives?

O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei – The Original

by David on December 16, 2007

And now for Gary…

Tax the BBC

by David on December 15, 2007

Thereís actually a very strong argument that rather than subsidizing the BBC (or any other broadcasters) we should be taxing them. They use a scarce resource, spectrum, and they donít pay for it (the ITV channels do, in a minor way). They should be forced to pay for it, in the same way that the 3G telecoms companies were.

Something of a problem though given that we donít in fact have an economically literate political party in the UK.

Tim Worstall, Silly, silly idea

Newt on the nightmare

by David on December 12, 2007

Just look at the movies. Why is it that the bad person is either a right-wing crazed billionaire, or the CIA as a government agency. Go look at the Bourne Ultimatum. Or a movie like the one that George Clooney made, which was an absolute lie, in which it implied that if you were a reformist Arab prince, that probably the CIA would kill you. It’s a total lie. We actually have SEALs protecting people all over the world. We actually risk American lives protecting reformers all over the world, and yet Hollywood can’t bring itself to tell the truth, (a) because it’s ideologically so opposed to the American government and the American military, and (b), because it’s terrified that if it said something really openly, honestly true about Muslim terrorists, they might show up in Hollywood. And you might have somebody killed as the Dutch producer was killed.

And so we’re living a life of cowardice, and in that life of cowardice we’re sleepwalking into a nightmare.

Koop – Koop Island Blues

by David on December 11, 2007

2007-12-11

by David on December 11, 2007

  • We’re exploring large-scale machine learning as a means of improving search quality. Our spelling correction system is one excellent example (spehl korector? phonitick spewling? who needs a dictniary?). People searching for Britney Spears have clearly found it useful on many occasions. (Google Labs, Why Google)
  • First they came for the verbs, and I said nothing because verbing weirds language. Then they arrival for the nouns, and I speech nothing because I no verbs – Peter Ellis

Steyn on free speech

by David on December 11, 2007

One of the critical differences between America and the rest of the west is that America has a First Amendment and the rest don’t. And a lot of them are far too comfortable with the notion that in free societies it is right and proper for the state to regulate speech. The response of the EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security to the Danish cartoons was to propose a press charter that would oblige newspapers to exercise “prudence” on, ah, certain controversial subjects. The response of Tony Blair’s ministry to the problems of “Londonistan” was to propose a sweeping law dramatically constraining free discussion of religion. At the end of her life, Oriana Fallaci was being sued in France, Italy, Switzerland and sundry other jurisdictions by groups who believed her opinions were not merely disagreeable but criminal. In France, Michel Houellebecq was sued by Muslim and other “anti-racist” groups who believed opinions held by a fictional character in one of his novels were not merely disagreeable but criminal.

Mark Steyn, Dead man writing

Tiny people climbing Scafell Pike

by David on December 10, 2007

Faking a tilt-shift photo in photoshop: nearly at the summit of Scaffel Pike:

Tiltshift Scaffel Pike

The Libertines – Music when the lights go out

by David on December 8, 2007

Taxing time

by David on December 8, 2007

A GANG of 25 men dressed all in black and carrying guns marched through Manchester streets

Chief Supt Dave Keller, Moss Side’s top policeman, said: “While on the face of it, this seems alarming, we had a lot of support around us.

Manchester Evening News, ‘Gunmen’ march through streets