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

16 February 2009

Rush judgement

Rush Limbaugh opines : There was a promise from the Obama administration, the new era of responsibility and transparency, that all such legislation would be posted on the Internet for five days so that the public could read what is being voted on. Ain’t going to happen. In addition, they have reformatted the bill. They’ve made it a PDF file when they posted it. Now, for those of you that don’t use computers, basically what that means is that it cannot be keyword searched. ... Read more

10 February 2009

Musical fantasy

Florian Schneider gets back together with Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flür. Freed from Ralf Hütter’s obsessive perfectionism, they find themselves able to release a new album every few years.

9 February 2009

Apples not falling far from trees

As a listener to various Radio 4 programmes, I’ve heard Carol Thatcher being entertaining on a number of occasions. More than once I pondered how hard it must have been for her to step out from under her mother’s evil shadow. Oh well, so much for that thought. Apparently Ms Thatcher compared professional tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to a golliwog , and then refused to issue an apology, resulting in her being fired by the BBC. ... Read more

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