12 March 2009

Solving the UK’s knife crime problem

From the Daily Telegraph: Gordon Brown should levy a tax on violent video games to help tackle knife crime, according to the Richard Taylor, the father of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor. […] The Tackling Knives Action Plan is a £2million programme aimed at reducing deaths and serious violence among teenagers due to knives. Violent games are “too cheap” and taxes on them should be “very high”, Mr Taylor told MPs. ... Read more

2 March 2009


List of people to maybe try and sneak in to see at SXSW 2009 (because $600 is way too fucking expensive and the ticket prices have turned it into an industry trade show): Explosions in the Sky (who I didn’t know are from Austin) NASA Ulrich Schnauss And in the “Yeah, like there will be any space to sneak into that” category: Margaret Cho DEVO

21 February 2009

Bromeliad adventures

We went to Whole Foods to get a few grocery items. In particular, we needed fresh coffee, and they had coffee which was so freshly roasted that it was still warm. They also had a small stand with free samples of pineapple. I like pineapple, so I tried some. It was delicious–quite the sweetest, most delightful bit of pineapple I’d tasted in a long time. I looked at the sign. For under $5, an entire pineapple could be mine. ... Read more

18 February 2009

Headphone review: Sennheiser CX300

Back in 1988, I bought some Sony fontopia earbud headphones. They were one of the earliest varieties to have a silicone moulded cover that tried to direct the sound into the ear, rather than leaking it everywhere. I still have them, they still work, and I still use them. Ten years later I decided I needed a second pair for use in the office, so I went and found the nearest modern equivalent. ... Read more

16 February 2009

Crayon names

I just learned that in 1997, Crayola introduced a color they call Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown . As fans of Dad’s Army may know, Fuzzy-Wuzzy was a colonialist term for the Hadendoa warriors. As such, “Fuzzy-Wuzzy Brown” is a truly unfortunate choice of name for a crayon. Given that Crayola already had to rename “Indian red” because people thought it was racist, you’d think they’d do a few Google searches before launching any new name. ... Read more

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