For a long time I avoided RSS. I assumed it was something very technical that I could do without. Now, I can't live without it.
I went to the one-day conference d.Construct in Brighton, England, which had the theme Experience.
My 7-yr old neighbour just spent some time wandering around our lounge, exploring.
He found the electric floor-sweeper and spent 5 minutes cleaning my floor.
We found out that it spits out dirt if it flips upside down but Marcus found a way of twirling the stick as he cleaned it all back up.
He asked to have it when I was done with it.
In July, the BBC morning news programme did a short feature on Facebook.
A psychologist was concerned that people were spending time in a compelling "virtual world" rather than interacting with people in the "real" world.
Frank taped the segment for me to see how long it'd take before I started shouting at the TV.
I was playing with a 7-yr old neighbour on my front lawn one summery day, making origami animals, when he noticed my bare ankle.
"You have to shave your legs," he said.
I found the addictive Jyte.com via OpenID. Registered users post any claim that other users can vote and comment on. I thought Jyte had great potential to explore people's attitudes.
I had a question I sometimes ask at dinner parties and thought that Jyte was a good place to ask a wider audience: What order would these be accepted as the American President: a black man, a white woman, a Jewish man, a homosexual man?
After a couple of days, I was surprised to the see the votes regarding claims regarding Jewish people. Read on for the results after 88 votes.
I bought the NewScientist today because of its lead article "Why your brain is primed for addiction." I have my own theory about addiction and wondered how it compared to actual research.
The article included case studies about various addicted people. One was of a 16-year old boy who spends 70 hours a week (mostly at night) online, socialising. The author writes: "he has few friends in the real world" (my emphasis) and ends with "he denies he is addicted to his computer."
I'd like to yell at the author: "he's not addicted to his computer, you bozo!"
In 2003 I wrote a list of eleven factors I think influence people when they're buying art.
In order of decreasing importance, the list begins with Artist. The work Medium is half-way through.
It ends with the least-important factor: "Is it a good picture?"
It's a very cynical list but I still think it's pretty accurate. I wrote it after my experiences of trying to get work into major and minor exhibitions.
CEEFAX, the BBC's teletext service, today has a news story about hospital closures before a story about building new hospitals. I’m not sure what's worse to explain what’s happening with hospitals here - incompetence or a scam.
It may surprise you that the word "elegant" often crops up amongst programmers when discussing software.
"Elegant" is used to describe a clear, simple and well-formed programming solution. It may be hard for some to understand but programming can be a joy. I often think about it as swimming effortlessly and expertly through deep clear blue water - each move and turn is a corresponding nifty solution.
This week Sir Michael Bichard's report was published following an investigation on how Ian Huntley could get a job as a school caretaker despite previous sex allegations.
Humberside Police had deleted Huntley's records - initially claiming that this was done to comply with their interpretation of the Data Protection Act - whilst Cambridgeshire Constabulary were criticised for errors which meant that background checks were not carried out when Huntley applied for the job.