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September Pieces Of My Mind #2

Is the gents’ loo in the new Stonehenge visitors’ centre fitted with Aubrey holes? Heh. Here’s a nice piece of home-made Scandy English: “the people living in the castles would spend their days doing chores, quarrelling, sleeping and eating”. The author probably means that castle dwellers would often “quarrel” with attacking troops. The Kings of…

September Pieces Of My Mind #1

Google Play Music’s randomiser has recently served me up with two songs about extremely talkative girlfriends. In the Spongetones’ “My Girl Maryanne” the singer finds the woman’s chattiness adorable. In Gap Dream’s “Immediate Life Sentence” he finds it annoying and concludes the song “I don’t need to get laid that bad, I’ll just stay home…

August Pieces Of My Mind #2

Getting rid of excess stuff. Azerbaijani dude with a huge beautiful beard showed up on his wife’s orders and collected both bike baby seats, the rolling baby stool, the dinner table lamp and the microwave oven. *happy* My wife’s workout app is giving her orders. It sounds like a very, very strange satnav. User interface…

August Pieces Of My Mind #1

For the first time I got an ebook instead of a paper book to review for Aard. I like it. Less pressure to push through and read + review a boring book when all they’ve given me is a copy of a file. Jehovah’s Witnesses really have a self-defeating theology. Their cap on the number of…

July Pieces Of My Mind #2

Jrette wandering around watching TV on the iPad, overturning and breaking things in the kitchen. *sigh* Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold. Jrette stole my zombie novel — Carey’s 2014 Girl With All The Gifts — and proclaimed it to be the best book she’s read in ages. Now I am bookless. Mistakenly…

July Pieces Of My Mind #1

I tried to call my son. No reply. I tried to call my boss. No reply. This must mean that I have no responsibilities until they call me. Learned from Melvyn Bragg’s programme today that Frederick the Great of Prussia was most likely gay and his brother, the exceptionally successful general Prince Henry, was openly…

June Pieces Of My Mind #2

Archive finds strike me as a weak kind of empirical discovery. OK, so you’ve found a piece of writing that had been forgotten. Now you’re writing a paper about it. How long will it take before your paper is forgotten? When will it be found again, as an archive meta find? Or conversely: is any…

June Pieces Of My Mind #1

Gotta love German. Try saying it out loud: “Die Beobachtung ferner Quasare, das holografische Prinzip und der Quantenschaum der Raumzeit”. Resolutely put away my phone in order to read a book instead. Then remembered that the book is in the phone. Ever wonder what the scarf-wearing Somali girls are going to do with their lives?…

May Pieces Of My Mind #2

Listening to the classic rock station in the car, I turned it off in the middle of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge”. Two days later I turn it on again and find myself in the middle of their “Scar Tissue”. Heh. American podcaster talks about someone named Rothschild (pronounced “roared-shilled”), consistently pronounces…

May Pieces Of My Mind #1

After some instruction I’ve given Jrette & buddy free range with the little row/motorboat. They’re having lots of fun, learning lots and are clearly pleased with themselves. Eider males swimming around in a little posse going “woo-OOO, woo-OOO”. The villain in the endless Neal Stephenson novel I’m reading is named Abdallah Jones. This causes the…