7 May 2010

The 70s again, through the lens of TV theme tunes

I’ve recently become somewhat fascinated by a number of 1970s TV themes. They’re not theme tunes of shows I ever watched, and not themes I remember. Rather, they’re tunes which have something odd or off-putting about them. First up: The theme from LWT’s “Weekend World”. The YouTube clip is an 80s recording, but the same music was used in the 70s too; Wikipedia tells me it’s “Nantucket Sleighride” by Mountain, and that in the 80s the show used a cover version. ... Read more

23 April 2010

Britain in the 1970s–what happened?

Once upon a time, there was a country. It had started out as loose association of battling nation-states, but by the middle ages it had become a kingdom. Some of its monarchs’ names are still familiar to every well-educated person, their stories still told in classrooms around the world. After a few hundred years, a civil war and a beheading, it was decided that the king’s council should be rearranged, and there should be elections. ... Read more

18 April 2010

Living with Firefox, 2004-2010

Well, it’s been a mostly enjoyable 5 or so years, but I’ve just ditched Firefox. Back in the mid 90s I heard rumors from Netscape people that their browser code was a barely maintainable mess. Apparently jwz didn’t believe in object-orientation, threads, or unit tests. Still, he thinks the code was fine until Collabra employees got their hands on it, and tried to turn the browser into a groupware suite. ... Read more

16 March 2010


At Staple! (the Austin Independent Media Expo), I met rkmilholland, creator of Something*Positive and various other web comics. He asked if I read the comic. I said (truthfully) that I had read a few. He said thanks, and asked if he could draw me something. Obviously, I suggested a parakeet. He didn’t seem really sure on what a parakeet looked like, so I said to go with a parrot. I suddenly find myself wondering if the real-life PeeJee isn’t the Asian girl with blue hair who used to hang around Diesel Cafe in 2002-2003. ... Read more

13 March 2010

I don’t have the answer, but here’s the problem

A common trap we fall into is to assume that if we could only be someone else, we would be happy. I remember as a lonely single person, thinking that it must be so easy for the hot Asian babes of the world. Later, when I got to know a few hot Asian babes, I discovered that they’re just as unhappy as everyone else. (In fact, possibly more so, because of all the sleazy guys fetishizing them. ... Read more

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