Coastal snobs

by David on August 29, 2008

To all the American liberal bien-pensants who mock Bush for his pronunciation of nuclear here’s a question: how do you pronounce aluminium?

PC World Scam

by David on August 23, 2008

PC World has what it calls a Collect@Store deal for some of its offers. When I tried to pick up a Toshiba A300-1bz laptop, it turned out that the only laptops the offer applies to are ex-display or refurbished. The (…)

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I wouldn’t stay at the Durango Days Inn

by David on August 22, 2008

Thinking about our holiday hotels in the States reminds me of the town of Durango and the Days Inn. With the exception of the peculiar Craig Motel, The Durango Days Inn was by far and away the worst motel in (…)

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Knowledge makes you despise them

by David on August 20, 2008

The 55-second clip, on Number 10’s YouTube site, was created after nearly 50,000 people backed a call for the Top Gear presenter to be prime minister. a Downing Street spokesman stressed the film was a joke, and had not cost (…)

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American Vertigo

by David on August 20, 2008

When in the US recently I had a vague memory of a book I had thought I’d at least take a good look at, if not buy, and you know how it is when you’ve just finished reading a good (…)

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Amy Winehouse – Valerie – Live

by David on August 18, 2008

Those Motels off the Interstate

by David on August 18, 2008

When a colleague, himself recently returned from Las Vegas, asked about my holiday plans for touring Colorado and Utah he said, “I suppose you’ve booked all your hotels“. Well, no. My partner Helen always takes on the bulk of planning (…)

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Andrew Sullivan’s Moralising

by David on August 16, 2008

Some evangelicals tout Obama’s family values. The contrast with the once-philandering, adulterous divorc√© running for the GOP goes unstated: Andrew Sullivan, Christianists For Obama Sullivan usually has little time for evangelicals interfering in politics, despite his own obsession with politics (…)

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Injun Trouble

by David on August 15, 2008

The Denver Art Museum has on display a poorly executed but anthropologically interesting painting called, ‘The Cutting Scene, Mandan O-kee-pa Ceremony‘, by George Catlin: Interior of a Mandan timber medicine lodge depicting the limp bodies of two young Native American (…)

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Top tip: miles, kilometres, Fibonacci

by David on August 13, 2008

Here’s a useful observation: The Golden Ratio is roughly the same as the ratio between miles and kilometers. As successive terms in the Fibonacci sequence approximate the Golden Ratio, the sequence comes in handy for quick conversions. Here are the (…)

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