24 June 2009

Steve Jobs’ liver transplant

The liver is not supposed to be a user-replaceable part; that’s why the casing is sealed. Officially you’re supposed to replace the entire CEO and ship the old one off in a box.

9 June 2009

The Year of the Sex Olympics

I just watched The Year of the Sex Olympics . It’s a UK TV drama made in 1968, that was easily 30 years ahead of its time. (Spoilers follow.) ... Read more

2 June 2009

The Taliban of Swat

“A large Pakistani flag flaps in the wind atop a tree-covered mountain… In the past two years the army has twice failed to defeat the Taliban of Swat.” — BBC News, 2009-05-23. The Taliban of Swat (with apologies to Edward Lear) Who, or why, or which, or what, are the Taliban of Swat? How did they get where they are today? Were they funded and trained by the CIA, or NOT, ... Read more

27 May 2009

15 books in 15 minutes

There’s a meme going around: in 15 minutes, come up with a list of 15 books that “will always stick with you”. Since lists on their own aren’t all that interesting, I’ve added some notes about why I’ve chosen these books. “The Man Who Folded Himself”, David Gerrold. One of the great SF time travel novels. Take one ordinary guy, a time machine, and the many-worlds hypothesis, and watch everything go completely nuts. ... Read more

21 May 2009

Guilty luxury

I am cheap. I don’t think I go quite as far as being a tightwad, but I’m frugal. I buy generics at the supermarket and drugstore, and when I order from Amazon, I always choose the free shipping option, even though it sometimes drives me crazy waiting for the item to arrive. I don’t mind spending money on functionality, but I find it tough to spend extra for luxury. Today, however, I did something I found difficult: I paid the extra money for seat upgrades for our trip to the UK later this year. ... Read more

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