Layered Internet


CakeThe Internet is like a cake – always popular but you have too much and it makes you sick. No, not really (well maybe yes). The analogy I am actually after pertains only to certain types of cake. Start again…

The Internet is like a layered cake – it has layers. Not as dramatic I know, but please read on; I’m going to make a point that you need a perspective on the Internet to understand why it is not all bad nor all good and accept it for what it is. I then go on to make a nebulous comparison to the human mind. All this on a Friday! Still at least I mention cake!

Feel free to get in touch or comment!

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Psycho History Killer


Snappy title but…

As anyone who wanders around this tiny corner of cyberspace (remember when it was called that!) knows I worry about things like time travel and thermodynamics.  This all means that whilst I enjoy my sci-fi, I have to suspend a lot of belief to do so. One case that brings this together well is the brilliant (yet badly flawed) Foundation Series by the equally brilliant (and probably not at all flawed) Isaac Asimov. Yes we are back in old school classic twentieth century science fiction territory. The same flaw also exists in the great yet trashy Lensmen series by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. There’s a name I haven’t conjured with for years! I even touch on another doctor at the end!

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Playing the Oak Trombone


What is this about?

Sad old seasoned commuters collect little tricks as they get used to moving around London; they know where you can change tube lines easily, where key bus routes go and where to stand on the platform so as to be near the exit when they get off the tube. This is about a game that you can play if you have to get the Hammersmith & City / Circle line from Paddington Eastbound (i.e. towards Kings Cross) in the morning. This game involves the use of Royal Oak station, hence the ‘Oak’ in the title (the Trombone comes later!).

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What are Words Worth?


The Strength and Weakness of the English Language

Why Write this?

Recently a friend of mine tweeted despairingly on the subject of language abuse, in this particular case the ‘nouning’ of invite (nouning being an example of verbing;-). I initially pointed out that growing old inevitably leads one to bemoaning abuse of language by the younger generation (yeah like whatever). Beyond that though I thought I would write a quick blog entry to give me sense of things, and also to give me a chance for a good rant!

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Work – what is it good for?


Is the five day week a good idea?

Summary

Now I realise that the five day week is somewhat notional, and many people work shifts, part time, weekends and so forth, but in the round a lot of us spend a lot of time working when we could be doing something else. Not all of us love our jobs (and congratulations to those for whom work is a vocation) and it being Friday I thought I would have a quick rant…

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So how does that work?


I didn’t know it did that!

In an increasingly complex world of smart phones, pads, home computers, software for everything more and more people are using less and less of the capability of things that they have.

Some of this is the sheer versatility of technology, but I suspect more is sheer ignorance or even fear. This puts me in mind of Arthur C Clarke…

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Does the M25 actually exist?


Is London’s Orbtial motorway real?

Consider – London is surrounded by a complete, circular motorway called the M25. In central London are several major railway termini (I am sure old Latinate plurals aren’t used any more, I just can’t bring myself to type terminuses [except there of course]) including Victoria, Euston, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and Paddington. I have commuted by train into London many 100s of times (probably on for 2,000 sadly) in the last 12 years yet I have never seen the M25 from the train. Where is it?

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