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Weekly Web Wander: 9th January 2011

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on January 9, 2011

Interesting article about the current pressures facing ahmadinejad from Macleans.ca: http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/01/07/the-knives-are-out-for-ahmadinejad/

Pankaj Mishra: To see Muslim discourse in politics as a vicious anachronism is to see very little from The Guardian : http://t.co/Mco9OXC

Interesting piece on Aram Bartholl’s project involving the creation of anomymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space by ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into publicly accessible walls, buildings and curbs from popupcity.nethttp://popupcity.net/2010/10/dead-drops-the-offline-file-sharing-network/

I love the lawyer bios at law firm dwf! Some silly pictures and Q&As really add something: http://alturl.com/4duaj

John Gray on humanity’s quest for immortality – How do we deal with a purposeless universe and the finality of death? From Victorian séances to the embalming of Lenin’s corpse to schemes for uploading our minds into cyberspace, there have have been numerous attempts to deny man’s mortality. Why can’t we accept the limits of science? from The Guardian:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/08/john-gray-immortality

Three reasons why US journalists won’t stand up for wikileaks from Newsweek: http://bit.ly/hZSK1U

Philip Pullman is interviewed on his agnosticism in surefish.co.uk: http://tinyurl.com/344p8p

Matthew’s blog: Boing boing Martha Nussbaum on the RSA website: http://bit.ly/fGOz54

Daily Web Wander: 6th September 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on September 6, 2010
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We must learn morality from each other, not God from The Guardian – The latest outbreak of hostilities between atheists and believers rehearses the same old confusion about what God stands for: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/05/hawking-atheism-religion-mary-warnock

Philosophers are helping doctors with dilemmas over life-and-death decisions from The Guardian – People with mental-health problems may in future be allowed to make more decisions for themselves: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/jun/29/mental-health-patients-decisions

Morrissey interview: Big mouth strikes again from The  Guardian – For 30 years, poet Simon Armitage‘s admiration for Morrissey has bordered on the obsessive. But could his love survive an encounter with the famously sharp-tongued singer-songwriter?: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/sep/03/morrissey-simon-armitage-interview

Tony Blair: Everybody’s a critic… from The Media Blog – Some (un)concious expression through product placement http://themediablog.typepad.com/the-media-blog/2010/09/tony-blair-0008040910.html

(LATER ADDITION: Ah. it seems there is more on this story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/05/tony-blair-memoirs-facebook-group)

Daily Web Wander: 3rd September 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on September 3, 2010
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Flying the flag, faking the news from The New Statesman– Loud noises from Washington about a US pull-out from Iraq are a poor disguise for America’s determination to keep waging war. And the same sort of spin is at work here in Britain: http://www.newstatesman.com/international-politics/2010/09/pilger-iraq-false-war-public

The last of the Jewish Arabs from The Economist– An ancient community is finally abandoning its Yemeni homeland: http://www.economist.com/node/16847296

Sean Connery should stage a comeback to retire on a high from The Guardian – Now 80, the former Bond star has vowed never to act again. He should reconsider and find one last great role to erase the memory of a decade of duds: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2010/sep/03/sean-connery-comeback

‘It’s OK to embarrass yourself’, Nick Cave and the return of Grinderman from The Guardian – With one band Nick Cave has a carefully built musical legacy. With his other, he can visit his ‘lower self’ and make chaotic noise. Alexis Petridis meets Grinderman: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/sep/02/grinderman-nick-cave-bad-seeds-interview

Daily Web Wander: 2nd September 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on September 2, 2010
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Ridiculously busy today so will have to leave you with only two today. Sorry!

Stephen Hawking says universe not created by God: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/02/stephen-hawking-big-bang-creator

Cool idea for a means of having an affect on social groups in a passive way: http://popupcity.net/2010/08/freiburgs-tolerance-pillar/

Daily Web Wander: 1st September 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on September 1, 2010
Psychadelic Trees

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As you may notice I have been surprisingly productive in other areas today so you only get four site listings. Enjoy!

Woman Dies While Stuck In Lover’s Chimney– A woman’s decomposing body has been found wedged inside the chimney of her lover’s home after she tried to sneak into his house: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100901/twl-woman-dies-while-stuck-in-lover-s-ch-3fd0ae9.html

Good journalism betrays – “Journalism – good journalism, which tells you what’s happening below the bland phrases of press releases – depends on betrayal. We journalists prefer to forget (or have never learned) that fact, but it’s an important one”: http://bit.ly/94yfTx

Psychedelic drugs return as potential treatments for mental illness – New research confirms that psychedelic drugs are promising treatments for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/sep/01/psychedelic-drugs-mental-illness

Russian officals: hard at work, twittering – “Fitting a message into 140 characters could not be more alien to the political culture of the Kremlin, the institution which perfected the art of the four hour speech. But Monday, when over 200 grandees crammed into the Georgevsky hall of the Kremlin to hear several long winded reports on higher education by the state commission on modernisation, (most of whose members seemed to be well past 60 years old) it was the humble Twitter messages which stole the show.”: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2010/09/01/russian-officals-are-hard-at-work-twittering/#more-93456

Daily Web Wander: 31st August 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on August 31, 2010

Ridiculously busy today so only have a few links for you. Enjoy!

Are we living in a designer universe?-The argument over whether the universe has a creator, and who that might be, is among the oldest in human history. But amid the raging arguments between believers and sceptics, one possibility has been almost ignored – the idea that the universe around us was created by people very much like ourselves, using devices not too dissimilar to those available to scientists today.”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7972538/Are-we-living-in-a-designer-universe.html

Yue Minjun– Came across this blog today and love the artists’ pictures: http://siongchin.com/blog/?p=990

10 stars who appeared in The Bill: http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/blog/article/433083/10-stars-who-appeared-in-the-bill.html

London now has its own Wire-style street slang – “I was surprised to hear that the US Drug Enforcement Agency is hiring Ebonics translators, whose task will be to decode the often complicated vernacular used by the drug gangs in the pursuit of their trade.”: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23871190-london-now-has-its-own-wire-style-street-slang.do

Daily Web Wander: 27th August 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on August 27, 2010
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Feed-in programs: Spent my morning frantically trying to find information on renewable energy feed-in policies for an article so thought I would whack some sites down I was looking at:

http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2266237/italy-set-phase-solar-incentive

http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2257741/germany-italy-hint-delays-feed

http://blogs.worldwatch.org/feed-in-tariffs-boost-renewables-in-italy-elsewhere/

http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2257741/germany-italy-hint-delays-feed

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60K5XI20100121

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_parity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feed-in_tariff#Spain

http://www.euractiv.com/en/energy/eu-renewable-energy-policy-linksdossier-188269

http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/3245/wind-power-in-romania-/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_Spain#Photovoltaics

http://blogs.ft.com/energy-source/2010/07/06/spain-wants-it-both-ways-on-energy-like-everyone-else/

‘Ground Zero mosque’? The reality is less provocative – Brilliant article by Charlie Brooker: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/23/charlie-brooker-ground-zero-mosque

In Mongolia, the Horse-Headed Fiddle Rides Again – “While some efforts to resuscitate traditional Mongolian culture have foundered, the broad revival of the morin khuur, or “horse-headed fiddle,” has brought an ancient sound back into the mainstream”: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/arts/26iht-melvin.html

Mum’s Miracle Cuddle Brings Baby Back To Life – My favourite article of the day. It made me a little bit sad, then very happy: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100827/twl-mum-s-miracle-cuddle-brings-baby-bac-3fd0ae9.html

Chapman brothers colouring competition: the winners – Results of a contest for kids aged 6-13 to colour in a Chapman brothers’ drawing. I like the one that says ‘I think things in my head but i don’t always want to draw them.’ Freaky kiddy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2010/aug/26/chapman-brothers-colouring-competition-winners#/?picture=366146277&index=0

Daily Web Wander: 26th August 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on August 26, 2010
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Multiculturalism and its discontent – Why are liberals excusing religious abuses on the grounds of cultural relitavism? – I certainly do not agree with an awful lot of what is put forward here but it certainly made me think:

http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/columns/susan-jacoby/multiculturalism-and-its-discontents

Ken Mehlman comes out– The former Republican party chairman and Bush aide, has come out. The announcement makes him the most senior Republican figure to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality. During his years as Chairman of the National Republican Party and Campaign Manager for Bush the party pursued a number of anti-gay initiatives:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2010/aug/26/ken-mehlman-gay-marriage-republican

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/08/bush-campaign-chief-and-former-rnc-chair-ken-mehlman-im-gay/62065

AMC Walking Dead TV Series website – Website for the long-awaited TV series based on Robert Kirkman’s brilliant zombie comic: http://www.amctv.com/originals/The-Walking-Dead/

In Defence of British Muslims: A response to BNP racist propaganda – A short paper published by the Quilliam Foundation a while back in reaction to anti-Muslim statements made by the BNP: http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/images/stories/pdfs/in_defence_of_british_muslims_09.pdf

How to Be a Great Journalist – thoughts from Carl Bernstein: http://bigthink.com/ideas/21732

Death that stalks the sleepwalker– What led a young, successful artist to hang himself? – Harry de Quetteville explores the terrifying phenomenon of parasomnia pseudo-suicide – Very weird article. Also asks the questions “if sufferers are awake enough to perform complex actions, but stripped of awareness by sleep, might they, in an extreme case, unwittingly kill themselves? In other words, did Tobias Wong commit an act, while asleep, that he would have never contemplated while awake? And if so, can he rightly be said to have committed suicide?”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/7960448/Death-that-stalks-the-sleepwalker.html

Business Journalism’s Image Problem – We aren’t all dashing muckrakers like Stieg Larsson’s Mikael Blomkvist. But untangling the financial crisis isn’t just about catching bad guys: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/books/review/Freeland-t.html?ref=books

Cake of Britain Edible Art Exhibition – Off to see this for myself tonight!: http://www.futuregallery.co.uk/events

Daily Web Wander: 25th August 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on August 25, 2010
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In an effort to contribute at least something to this blog on a daily basis (and without an awful lot of creative energy flowing through me) I thought I would begin putting down a list of some websites that I have been checking out that might interest or entertain you. ENJOY!

Wallace & Co restaurant review in The Guardian – “The cooking at Gregg Wallace‘s debut as a restaurateur wouldn’t make it even to the first round of Masterchef”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/13/wallace-and-co-restaurant-review

Simon Heffer‘s style notes in The Telegraph– Blog of emails sent to Telegraph reporters bitching about pedantic crap. Invaluable lesson for wannbe journalists such myself. Has only done one recently but hopefully more will come up again soon!: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/about-us/style-book/simon-heffers-style-notes/

BT Ad Banned Over Broadband Speed Claims: I have always loved those mini-dramas in adverts like the old Nescafe adverts with Antony Head and Sharon Maughn or the old ‘Papa! Nicole!” Renault Clio adverts. The BT storyline is brilliant and has done its job getting press coverage recently as this proves: http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/news-extra/article/45330/millions-decide-fate-of-bt-couple.html
A bit less brilliant when BT mash the figures up a bit though: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100825/tuk-bt-ad-banned-over-broadband-speed-cl-45dbed5.html

The Edge of Violence, A Radical approach to extremism – A really interesting paper from the Demos think tank that tries to discern the difference between violent and non-violent radicals: http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/theedgeofviolence

Jimi Hendrix‘s London flat opened to the public in The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/7962464/Jimi-Hendrixs-London-flat-opened-to-the-public.html

The animals that pass through Heathrow in The FT: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/b220a228-ab30-11df-9e6b-00144feabdc0.html

A picture a day keeps the tyrants away from New Statesman – “From Hogarth and Gillray through Vicky and Jak to Steve Bell, Fluck and Law, cartooning has served as a vital corrective to political posturing. Now, it is rediscovering its old power as a red rag to despots”: http://www.newstatesman.com/art/2010/08/satire-gillray-british-hogarth

Dogs: face to face with my worst enemy in The Guardian – Many Muslims, growing up in devout households, are taught that dogs are dirty and scary. So could Sarfraz Manzoor learn to love Cookie the bulldog?: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/08/fear-of-dogs-muslims

Homeless people give an alternative guide to London in The Guardian – Homeless tour guides have been signed up to give visitors to the capital an alternative view of London’s landmarks (Plus I learnt the word ‘squally’): http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/25/homeless-guides-tour-of-london

Daily Web Wander: 24th August 2010

Posted in Daily Web Wander by thomthumb84 on August 24, 2010
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In an effort to contribute at least something to this blog on a daily basis (and without an awful lot of creative energy flowing through me) I thought I would begin putting down a list of some websites that I have been checking out that might interest or entertain you. ENJOY! 

The Danger of Crusading Atheists from Big Think- The Yale computer guru decries the dangerous trend of know-it-all scientists (Richard Dawkins?) telling people that “religion is trash.”: http://bigthink.com/ideas/20254 

-Nice little piece in the Guardian about how wrong our assumptions about extraterrestrial life might be by Seth Shostack, a senior astronomer at the SETI institute in California: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/24/alien-life-artificial-intelligence-seti 

Doll Face at the V&A Museum of Childhood: A vast collection of toys stored in the depths of the V&A Museum of Childhood is the inspiration for a spooky new photography show: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/7956434/Doll-Face-at-the-VandA-Museum-of-Childhood.html 

Skydiver solves Rubik’s Cube at 14,000ft (in a rubber dinghy): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7961397/Skydiver-solves-Rubiks-Cube-at-14000ft.html 

Airships: a second age– They were once the future of travel. Now, more than 70 years after the Hindenburg crash, engineers are designing a new fleet of airships: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/7918762/Airships-a-second-age.html 

A special FT interactive feature questioning the productivity of sanctions against Iran: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/994a262a-8dc6-11df-9153-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=be75219e-940a-11da-82ea-0000779e2340.html 

In defence of the secular state from RSA Summer Journal – Cécile Laborde argues for a secular state that fosters the norms of democratic citizenship: http://www.thersa.org/fellowship/journal/features/features/in-defence-of-the-secular-state