Month: April 2003

  • good name for a baby

    caspar is not a common name, but it is one I like. just bumped into a former boss of mine on the street. awkwardly catching up on the news of past colleagues, he rather sheepishly he told me that he has called his fourth child Casper!!! i really don’t know what to think so i…

  • back up

    For the second time in as many months, my ibook has died 🙁 spectacularly, it’s harddisk corrupting itself beyond the point of recovery (well, who hasn’t done that?) it is a message from God, he wants me to make backups. he wants me to get one of these! — so i did 😀

  • wonderland

    I was in close proximity to a hero of mine on Thursday. And as I should have expected, it wasn’t quite like I expected. Haruki Murakami was giving his first public appearance in this country at the Prince Charles cinema. Talking about his books and, more reluctantly, about himself. It had been arranged by Waterstones…

  • Happy Birthday, Bill

    Today is the birthdate of the most famous poet of them all. I have spent most of the morning searching the internet for a decent selection of extended passages. It is slightly woeful. Scattered about I have found snippets and stanza’s, the well trodden lines we are all familiar with, the “to be’s” and the…

  • burn flags, not books

    Robert Fisk: So yesterday was the burning of books. First came the looters, then the arsonists. It was the final chapter in the sacking of Baghdad. The National Library and Archives ? a priceless treasure of Ottoman historical documents, including the old royal archives of Iraq ? were turned to ashes in 3,000 degrees of…

  • Bucolic? No. Bukholic, maybe.

    The thing with Bukowski is that one is never enough.. You have one and it is finished before you know it. Now your appetite is whetted and you are thirsty for more. The beautiful part is that there is a seemingly limitless supply of them out there. In a refreshing variety of shapes and sizes..…

  • Bukowski says have a beer

    better let Chuck reposte.. BEER from: Love is A Mad Dog From Hell I don’t know how many bottles of beer I have consumed while waiting for things to get better I dont know how much wine and whisky and beer mostly beer I have consumed after splits with women- waiting for the phone to…

  • Bukowski says have a drink… of tea.

    Every time you look, along comes another study promoting the value of good cup of tea (or five) every day. This morning is no exception, a certain Jack Bukowski is encouraging us all to drink more black tea. His brother Chuck must be turning in grave. It’s a fairly small study so I don’t think…

  • say yes to drugs

    been following a left-field discussion on what i like to call the Psychadelic Ape Hypothesis, namely that the cosmic oneness and general grooviness of psycho-active substances could have aided our ancestors in their evolution to higher states of consciousness, such as what we possess these days.. like i said I reckon this is fairly far…

  • Douglas Adams

    Spotted on RichardHerring.Com Subject: Douglas Adams Posted by: Richard Herring on 13/Mar/03 I have to admit that one of the things that made me want to write Warming Up ws the fact that I had just read the Salmon of Doubt and thought it was a shame that Adams hadn’t written more stuff, because all…

  • Feeling the presence of God

    Just watched BBC2 Horizon program “God on the Brain”. First half was all about how temporal lobe epilepsy can lead to religious visions & experiences. They had the eminent (but hard to spell) neuropsychologist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran descirbing how it is notable that various religious figures had symptoms and revelations similar to those epilepsy, but…

  • you may begin panicing

    five weeks till our exams and big lumps of course work and a lot of vision/revision to do before then, i shouldn’t be unduly worried but lacking in focus, a lot of the courses are rather amorphous and so there is no single point of reference for what they are all about. (added to which…

  • “Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.” ? Ovid (43 BC-18 AD).

  • I am the law..

    Moore, Metcalfe, Godwin & Murphy have all got law's named after them.. except they aren't real laws in the scientific or legal sense, mainly they are light-hearted observations masquerading as deep insights into the zeitgeist. To get immortalised for this sort of feeble observational comedy devalues the hard work of Kepler, Newton and the others.…

  • do i not like that?

    Jack ‘Boots’ Straw is a long time enemy of me and my family. There are various sound reasons some of which i can’t go into but very briefly: 1. He is a politican. 2. He looks objectionable. A lot of people think he resembles the demon headmaster but I’ve always had this irrational belief he…