laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

Weekend Reading Assignment

Catching up… been a little hectic around here of late. Sorry for my absence, O’ Mighty Web!

“It’s so terrible, it induces an entirely new emotion: a blend of vertigo, disgust, anger and embarrassment that I like to call “shitasmia.” It not only creates this emotion: it defines it. It’s the most shitasmic cultural artefact in history. Watch it for yourself. Still, bad though it is, I vaguely prefer the clumping, clueless, uncool, crappiness of Microsoft’s bland Stepford gang to the creepy assurance of the average Mac evangelist.” – Posted this Charlie Brooker piece a while back when it was first published by The Guardian, but it’s still funny: Better the broken Windows than life with the Mac monks, smh.com.au

Some wind in the sails of the Green Movement? Perhaps… Spain gets 53% of its energy from wind!, greenmonk.net / Sarah Palin Suggests Coin Conspiracy In Wisconsin Speech, huffingtonpost.com / With Berlusconi in the Soup, nybooks.com /  Barack Obama ‘risks Suez-like disaster’ in Afghanistan, says key adviser, guardian.co.uk / The Frightening Beauty of Bunkers by Paul Virilio, themorningnews.org / Robotic Tightrope Walkers for High-Voltage Lines, spectrum.ieee.org / I am become Death, destroyer of worlds, economist.com / The Nerd Handbook, randsinrepose.com / Big news? Twitter and LinkedIn Status Updates Are Now Synced, mashable.com / ‘Pirate Radio’ Tunes Into Rock-Revolution Nostalgia, npr.org / Be afraid, be very afraid… your privacy ended in 1994: User Tracking, philipgreenspun.com / Another step towards the Fourth Discontinuity: Bare, bareconductive.com

We took our daughter to see Where the Wild Things Are the other day. Go see it before we are all turned into robots of the hive mind.

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