Sunday, August 31, 2003

While I wouldn't normally link to a Christian site, there is a good article by Anne Cadwallader at the Christian Science Monitor about the reasons for the quiet marching season that we've had in Northern Ireland this year which was quite interesting. It's heartening to see both sides of the community working together in this way. And, to be honest, it's bloody well about time too!

Edit: I wrote the first sentence above in haste. From the About page at the CSM:

Is the paper a religious periodical? No, it's a real newspaper published by a church — The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Mass., USA. Everything in the Monitor is international and US news and features, except for one religious article that has appeared each day in The Home Forum section since 1908, at the request of the paper's founder

So my apologies for calling the CSM a Christian site before checking my facts.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

I know that new Mozilla-based applications such as Firebird and Thunderbird are named after cars, but I was amused by this New Orleans Times article:

Mozilla is the browser equivalent of a Mercedes-Benz sedan – easy to drive, reliable as the sun and utterly boring to anyone younger than 25

Perhaps only amusing to browser geeks like me, but what the heck! Anything to get Mozilla mentioned in conversation *smile*.

Monday, August 25, 2003

It seems that the BBC may be opening their entire archive to the public. While people on Slashdot may be cynical, I can't wait to get access to the entire back catalogue of such classics as The Goons, I'm sorry I haven't a clue and I'm sorry, I'll read that again. The BBCs comedy output has been amongst the best in the world, and I can't wait to get access to it!

Sunday, August 17, 2003

I went to the Fringe today to see the amazing Bill Bailey. He was on totally top form, and his Portishead version of Zippedy Doo Dah had me in stitches. Bill Bailey is a top comedian doing both stand-up and TV, as the wonderful Black Books proves (I can't wait for the second series to appear on DVD!). I also saw the really rather good Simon Munnery doing some monologues in the second of a trilogy of shows. There's always some really great stuff on at the Fringe – I just wish that I had more of a chance to go and see some of it!

Monday, August 11, 2003

Well, it seems that the GPL is being tested in court for the first time, in the ongoing dispute between IBM and SCO. Andrew Orlowski, writing in The Register thinks that this is a bad idea and makes quite a good case for it. And talks about parks as well.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Most of what this guy has to say about music piracy is just common sense and has been said many times before, but it's still nice to see this sort of sense finally starting to permeate the mainstream media.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

I'm just back from a fantastic two week holiday spanning the UK. I toured England visiting friends and family, having a great time on the trains (l just missed the wonderful excuse of the wrong kind of weather) and with everybody that I visited. It was a nice holiday (and all that train travel gave me a chance to catch up on my reading).

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