It Was Full Of Comics And Toys

 Now that I seem to live in San Diego (don’t quite know what happened there) it only seemed fair to go to the famous Comic Con at San Diego Convention Centre. Brian’s friend got us free weekend passes, which was very kind, and he is staying in my guest room for the weekend. Sadly I… Continue reading It Was Full Of Comics And Toys

D’ye Ken John Plunk In His Plunk So Gay?

Many years ago, I inherited a few books from my brother. They were Spike Milligan’s war diaries (which included, within the first ten pages, my first sight of the ‘C’ word) and a couple of the Molesworth books by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle. I was hooked instantly, despite not really understanding the setting, a… Continue reading D’ye Ken John Plunk In His Plunk So Gay?

RSA Zittrain Photos And Video

Photos from the evening are here, and a webcast of the lecture/book launch is available to view here. A nice shot of my back in one photo. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, what with stuff, and the fact that when I do manage to open my current Murakami, I read… Continue reading RSA Zittrain Photos And Video

Minutes of meeting, Saturday 1 March 2008

I met James for a pint or x a few Saturdays ago, and we had the usual rambling, digressing, tangent-going-off-on, and thoroughly enjoyable and edifying discussion. Here are a few of the topics covered, in no order, but you may be able to see where threads link up. Noise Music Teleportation – Physical transferral or descriptive… Continue reading Minutes of meeting, Saturday 1 March 2008

I Am Apparently William Gibson

In lieu of a proper post, I present the result of a short test. I am: William Gibson The chief instigator of the “cyberpunk” wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction. Which science fiction writer are you?The only problem with this is that… Continue reading I Am Apparently William Gibson

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Pink and Blasphemous

I’ve made a terrifying discovery. Leafing through the 2007 UK IKEA catalogue or ‘Necronomicon’ as it shall henceforth be known, I found proof that Cthulhu no longer waits dreaming, but has arisen. As you know, the blasphemous incantation or ritual chanted by noisome cults in the lesser-known parts of the world is, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu… Continue reading Pink and Blasphemous

Alternative Bookcovers

I’m all confused about where these have been posted, so here they all are from Flickr. What happens when a book cover design doesn’t match the style of the contents? This does. Mein Kampf in Chicklit style Kids book in Thriller style Necronomicon in Dictionary style American Psycho in Teen Romance Style UPDATE: Boing Boing… Continue reading Alternative Bookcovers

Moleskine / Notebook Elastic Hackery

As well as my PDA, I keep a notebook as well, so I can quickly scribble stuff down, draw little diagrams, reminders, anything. It’s quicker than the PDA, and can support more subtly shaded drawings (though I’m no artist). My girlfriend thinks this is all very pretentious, and so it is. But sod it eh?… Continue reading Moleskine / Notebook Elastic Hackery

Amaztype – Typographic Book Search

This is way cool. Head on over here, select your locale ( for me), select your media type (I’ve been doing music), enter some search terms, select author/artist or title, and off you go. What happens then is that this nifty little page goes off to the Amazon database, grabs all the images that match… Continue reading Amaztype – Typographic Book Search

Hunter S Thompson 1937 – 2005, And Barbecues

Well waddya know. He went and shot himself. It made it into the Today program on Radio 4 in a minor way (“writer dies”), but the reaction on the net has been immense. Take Metafilter, for example. 240+ comments! It’s weird. I was at a barbecue on Saturday where the birthday boy (hope you had… Continue reading Hunter S Thompson 1937 – 2005, And Barbecues