Spent the weekend away in Edinburgh; too many things to talk about, but here’s a few quick points:
- With his “Gerin Oil” article, Richard Dawkins is sounding more and more like the batty, obsessive uncle your family would rather not talk about. His unsophisticated and tiresome ‘critique’ only strengthens the impression that scientists as grumpy, over-rational, unspiritual and dull, something which is nowhere near the truth. I suspect that’s why the press like printing his stuff so much, he fits the stereotype so easily.
- Hell is (happening to) other people over at Chicken Yoghurt is a quality rant, one that I myself have been wanting to make. It really is worth reading.
- Maybe it’s just me, but Flickr‘s quality of service has been quite atrocious recently – rejecting photo uploads for no reason, “not finding” photos or sets that have just been added, refusing to rotate or rename them, etc. This is not what I paid for.
- Howl’s Moving Castle was an enjoyable film, but nowhere near as good as Spirited Away, and suffers a little from resorting to deus ex machina. But it raised some interesting (but not very well-developed) thoughts on wizardry and its supercession by modernity. Oh, and there’s a good interview with Hayao Miyazaki in the Guardian.
- The news that Blair is falling into Bush’s line on global warming is utterly disspiriting, but at least it will give future generations of Britons a single figure to blame for the whole sorry mess. But I’m not surprised at anything he says or does now, it makes me wonder if I’ll ever be able to vote Labour again…
Real blog posts to follow later. For someone with absolutely nothing to do, I find that I am astonishingly busy.