Okay, I’m almost convinced by the new MacBooks. Almost. Yes, the integrated graphics is a bit of a pain, but it’s better than my current iBook G4. And the top option is fairly close to the specifications of the MacBook Pro. There’s just one problem that I can see right now:

The MacBook keyboard

That keyboard looks a bit too Spectrum-like, doesn't it?

currently playing: Denim — Back In Denim

We'll Find A Link And You Can Convince Me That I'm Pretty

I’m not sure if this is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen, or just incredibly creepy.

President Al Gore! Oh Al, why weren’t you like this back then?

Your daily outrage. Nixon is beginning to look like a rank amateur.

It’s winging its way across the Atlantic even as I type.

Poor, poor ITV. That’ll teach you to axe cd:uk.

currently playing: Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country

Bonnie Has Her Wallchart

Bonnie Has Her Wallchart

She’s all set for the next couple of months!

Odd Things You Realise

I’ve had my phone tapped. Admittedly, this puts me on a par with about 250m other residents of America, but it’s a bit weird to actually realise that a list of all the calls I’ve made in America is sitting in a Government datacentre.

Anyway, onto fun things! I’ve just won this in auction:

I know some didn’t appreciate the logo change, but I did like this poster when it was lining the streets of Manchester. Also, it announces the Manchester Hop & Grape date which was my first time seeing the band, so it has considerable sentimental value. And it was only £4.99! Thank you, eBay, for adding to the general clutter in my room…

We can dream, eh?

currently playing: The Pipettes - ABC


Still undecided on The Pipettes, but Pull Shapes is three minutes of awesomeness wrapped in awesome.

Do the hippo!

currently playing: The Pipettes — Pull Shapes

98 Red Balloons

The War On Contraception.

Meanwhile a government report later found that Dr. Janet Woodcock, deputy commissioner for operations at the F.D.A., had also expressed a fear that making the drug available over the counter could lead to “extreme promiscuous behaviors such as the medication taking on an ‘urban legend’ status that would lead adolescents to form sex-based cults centered around the use of Plan B.”

Meanwhile, in the UK: what a fabulous choice for Minister of Equality!

currently playing: The Cure – Mint Car

Down With This Sort of Thing! Careful Now!

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.
— H.L. Mencken

I'm Ten Years Old Again

Starfox DS

Yoshi’s Island 2

Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Elite Beat Agents

Custom Robo Arena

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2

Children of Mana

The DS may in fact be the best games machine since the Speccy. Hurrah for Nintendo! 

currently playing: 808 State – Pacific State


Today: A fresh install of Fedora Core 5 that crashes approximately ten seconds after logging into X. Or rather, doesn’t crash, but does something strange to the keyboard and mouse inputs, making further control impossible.

And! The students’ internet connection disappearing, resulting in an hour-long hunt for the root of the problem. Servers rebooted, DNS entries changed, web filters viewed with suspicion. Five minutes from going home, the answer becomes clear: a frayed network cable. Grr.

currently playing: Au Pairs – We’re So Cool

Songs of The Week

Another in a very occasional series.

  • Arab Strap — There Is No Ending
  • Elf Power — Back To The Web
  • Camera Obscura — Let’s Get Out of This Country
  • The Decemberists — The Mariner’s Revenge Song
  • The Flaming Lips — It Overtakes Me
  • The Jesus And Mary Chain — Just Like Honey
  • Bomb The Bass — Beat Dis
  • Stereolab — French Disko
  • Pet Shop Boys — I’m With Stupid
  • The Pipettes — Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me

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