Friday, November 26, 2010

Hello Vogel

I've moved to Windsor and my local supermarket is now a Tesco, which just ain't cutting it. Their 10p Noodles are off the menu as they have chicken powder in them, and their mushrooms have proven to be super watery, like sponges. On the upside, they have a 2 loaves for £2 special on Vogel bread. Good times. I've been away from this great bread for a few weeks, so it's a welcome return, especially after having some Hovis granary bread in the interim, which toasted up like a dehydrated slab of tastless, crisp bread.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A good story about Ireland's crisis .. think about the horses

Actually not wild, but abandoned into the urban wildnerness, left to wonder the ghost estates built by the overly enthusiastic construction sector. The article suggests some 20,000 horses have been abandoned as owners can no longer afford the upkeep.

Spiegel often has great articles, and is well worth a browse every now and then.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kotte blog is a long time favourite

This blog is another long time favourite. Kottke basically brings you cools stuff from around the web. It is simple, effective, not too low brow, not too high brow...just very much my brow. A sample link:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Series: welcome to my world

A short series to some of my internet favourites.

From the blogosphere (I want to be a little bit sick when I hear that word, sorry), I give you Overcoming Bias. If your thoughts need provoking, take a look-see.

A snippet from Robin Hanson's latest post:

'Me, I worry my kids will grow up to be the opposite: sophisticated. While such folks can be very smart and capable, they are uninteresting. I blame their having too many hobbies. Their conversations swirl around the same standard topics: food, music, movies, novels, travel, sports, clothes, houses, politics, etc., all of which they each feel the need to be ready to quip. Sophisticated folks are horrified to seem to not care or know the standard amount about any standard hobby. The sort of folks one wants to know, e.g., to invite to a dinner party, simply must be ready to converse lightly and intelligently (if not insightfully) on the latest fashions in all such areas. The problem is that maintaining a basic proficiency in all these topics, in addition to keeping up a job and family, etc., takes a up pretty much all their time and energy.'

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I haven't studied for quite a while now, and with the calendar suggesting the accountancy exams are but a month away, I can feel the impending doom, well, impending. THE IMPENDING DOOM TIME IS HERE, HERE YE, HEAR YE.

Oh, yes, once again, woe is me, hear my wail - it is not a wolf howling in the pale moonlight, no, look closer, it is an accountancy student lamenting his folly. True it is that this is the worst type of woe, that of the self-made variety (and so is worthy of only the self-pity of a self-pitying fool), but that just worsens the hurt. This monkey needs to put down his banana and pick up his cankulator. Tomorrow.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Tools name after normal blokes

Stanley knife
Alan key
Philip's screwdriver

Any more for any more?


I'm dancing around the idea of giving myself a re-education, based on the thesis that most of what I have learned academically has been a waste of time, and I've forgotten most of it anyway. A lot of words and theorems have passed through me, along with a handful of formulae. Little has stuck. Very little has been applied. Much of it was an indulgence in other people's ideas of what is good for me. Yes, the time for a re-edgeumudcation is dawning, thought it'll have to wait until these darn accountancy studies are finished to make a real go of it.

The budget cuts in education, a story about Peter Thiel paying a select few a grand sum to drop out of college, and this interesting blog by Ben Casnocha, have got me thinking about a long lost, mothballed project.

Here some quotes of quotes from Ben's blog:

"Over 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees (over 8,000 of them have doctoral or professional degrees), along with over 80,000 bartenders, and over 18,000 parking lot attendants."

"This is even true at the doctoral and professional level—there are 5,057 janitors in the U.S. with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees."

Friday, November 05, 2010

Dilemma ... Kindle

Does one buy Montaigne's essays in paper back for £12 (ooh, look at me, thinking about buying Montaigne's essays), or the Kindle for £150, which has such books for free, free global 3G access, and much more besides?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

x-mini II speaker is a 5/5

I bought this speaker on impulse and it's turning out to be most excellent. The little ball is just a few inches wide, produces wonderful sound for it's size, and has a built in rechargable battery (recharges from USB) that runs for over 11 hours.

Highly recommend to anyone who wants to amp up their tinny laptop speakers, or who just wants a decent portable speaker.


PS - The darn sound balls have actually gone up a bit in price since I bought them, but they still represent really good value for money at £13 a pop.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Picos de patatas ... my dinner this evening

A veritable mountain.