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February 27, 2006

Going downmarket

Writing a big document that takes concentration today. In my 'pencil sharpening time' where my subconscious is working on it, rather than getting distracted by new issues coming in on email I'm clearing out blogspam.

And I have to admit, I can't work out who is going to *ever* google for "cheap thongs".

Posted by Tom Dolan at 04:14 PM | Comments (0)

Drunken Neologism

Heterodyke - opposite of faghag. Single gay woman who spends all her time in the company of straight men, drinking proper beer in proper pubs. Unlike faghag, normally rather lovely.

Posted by Tom Dolan at 02:54 PM | Comments (1)

February 07, 2006

Taste - by Pie Chart

Originally uploaded by pigsy.
Nick Lisher's been analysing the era of his favourite tracks and sticking the graphs into Flickr...

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Frustration Monologue

Uuuuuurrrrrgggggggh. I'm ill. I'm not going to work today.

Hooray - I'm not going to work today! I'll be on my own at home - think of all the things I can do!

Oh. I'm too ill to do them.

Posted by Tom Dolan at 08:58 AM | Comments (1)

February 06, 2006

Our future, muddied by semantics.

This weekend, we took young Daisy to Ikea for the first time to buy her a Proper Grown Up Bed. (Little realising the hassle the ikea-sized mattress would later produce, but that's not for right now)

We were musing on how different it was when we were little, when beds all came with drawers made out of a slightly fragile white plastic that always went yellow and snapped in the end.

These days, of course, everything is made of good old-fashioned wood.

Which is better, becuase you can recycle wood, or make paper from it, or at a push burn it. There's no point recycling that fragile white plastic - nobody wants it any more anyway. Even in an ironic manner. So we're left feeling good about ourselves by default - if you need more wood, you grow it, from one of those sustainable forests.

But it's an odd choice of word, 'sustainable', isn't it? Leaves just that faint trail of inconclusiveness.

When can I buy something that's made from actually sustained forests?

You know, just to be on the safe side.

Posted by Tom Dolan at 02:15 PM | Comments (0)

Universal Comedy

Graham Linehan is being interviewed on Channel4 to plug "The IT Crowd", and comes out with this lovely line that would have been at home from Father Ted, Bernard Black or pretty much any of his characters

"It was originally set in a travel agents, and had one joke to do with being a travel agent, which was he's on the phone to someone and he says

'No, no, I wouldn't go to France, France is very rude at this time of year'.

That was really as good as it got. I couldn't think of any more jokes to do with travel agents, and I didn't want to do the research, because it bored the hell out of me. So I decided to turn it into something I was interested in, which was technology, and how it affects our lives. Oddly enough, although it's about technology and modernity, it's a very old-fashioned sitcom."

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