Month: November 2010

  • Aglianico, The flavour of stewed prunes

    From a time before Google translate, 1996 was a very year for Aglianico. I will spare you ALL CAPS. This wine is entirely made from Aglianico cultivated in the zone Sannitica on the soil, clayey, calcereous and aged in oak barrels through about six months. Deep ruby red with violet tints. Scent intense, persistent, with…

  • xkcd: Five-Minute Comic

    That most geekscellent of webcomics xkcd is on a little break. Some bleak reality intruding on author Randall Munroe‘s rich fantasy life. How rich? While he’s away he’s giving us a glimpse into his notebooks. Here are some five minute sketches that never made it to real comic status. Showing that he has more good…

  • How to complain effectively: a case study.

    TalkTalk never listen to me on the phone so I am having to write them a letter. Without any sense of irony, they have an article on their site instructing you on how best to complain when you have dealings with shitty companies. When things go wrong after you’ve bought something, it can be tempting…

  • Papal Ice Nine

    I thought this recent Facebook vignette is worth saving for posterity or pitching to Roland Emmerich. Although, since it was on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg now owns alls rights to this idea so it’s his call. Caspar Addyman is wondering if the pope is always on duty. and if so does that mean that every bit…

  • All I want for Christmas will fit in one small bag

    Every year my family ask me what I want for Christmas. Every year I put them to the test. This year is no different but it is a different test. This is an email I´ve just sent them from Berlin. In a break with my traditionally unhelpful request for a ´surprise´, this year I will…

  • Finally, I’m an Official Iron Maiden Fan Club member

    Yes, i’ve chosen to make my favourite tattooed millionaire a little richer. And it’s about time too. They were the band of my teens. They are my favourite live band Three of their concerts are in my all time top 10. This summer I drove 3000 miles across France, Germany, Austria and Hungary to see…

  • Hannes Caspar : babydult and other works

    I am rather liking Hannes Caspar’s photographs http://www.babydult.com. http://www.hannescaspar.com/

  • Something for the weekend

    A third instalment of normal days from Thomas Becker and Sebastian Stahlhofen: [youtube JjBPTP0iaEk] It’s a bit like Morecambe and Wise with less jokes but better stunts: [youtube EFgdhZGLJrY] via Blame it on the Voices I often try to throw my tea bag into the teacup from the other side of the room. It gives me…

  • Fresh brains attack the zombie problem

    The future of zombie research It’s about time there were fresh brains in zombie research. So, it’s great to see that once again neuroscience is breathing new life into a topic that has had the life sucked out of it by philosophers.  For too long, large brained philosopher David Chalmers and his fellow head-scratchers have…

  • Resistance gallery: Beauty in Decay

    A new exhibition of stunning photos of urban decay open tomorrow at the Resistance gallery (265 Poyser Street, London, E2 9RF), to promote a forthcoming book of photos in the same theme.  Beauty in Decay more details at Wooster Collective