The Oddity of the Pre-facto Quotation

I spend less time than ever these days reading about politics, not that I ever had a great interest to begin with, but I happen across the odd news report from Blighty now and again, just to stay knowledgeable throughout my exile from the Kingdom. I don't know quite how long this particularly oddity that ... more

 

Reading List II

Once again, clearing up some enjoyable reading of the past few months: Books Thomas Paine. Rights of Man. One of the original libertarians, a term that has pretty much lost its original meaning these days. The core ideas that came forth from his work, radical at the time, are simple. That rights are inherent in ... more

 

A Review of “Inside the Anthill: Open Source Means Business”

A recent radio broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (your grandmother's favourite radio station) entitled "Inside the Anthill: Open Source Means Business" was advertised as "Gerry Northam goes behind the scenes to investigate 'open source' computer software". (Spot the irony in going "behind the scenes" to investigate something that is done openly and transparently.) But let ... more

 

Want to Know the Facts? Turn off the TV and Logon

I'm going off-topic slightly here, but, in a way, I still remain on it. Swine flu is upon us. Members of the public who know nothing of epidemiology want to know the facts about the virus.  Meet Thunderf00t, a YouTube user and producer of some rather excellent videos, at their best when debunking the pseudo-scientific ... more