“The Problem”

…is not so much with music downloading, it’s with the math. Let’s look at this piece from yesterday’s Star, shall we? THE PROBLEM Sales of CDs are down 20 per cent worldwide and 35 per cent in Canada, compared to 2006. An estimated 1.6 billion music files are downloaded in Canada each year on “grey-market”continue reading

Hubbert’s cliff

I’m a peak oil agnostic, more or less – obviously something of the kind has to happen eventually, but I’ll let people who know more about geology than I do argue about whether it’s in the far future, the near future or (as some maintain) has already happened. Still, I was struck by an essaycontinue reading

Boring administrivia re: users

I’ve turned off self-registration for Mock Turtle. Spammers keep signing up in the hope that it’ll let them post their crap. They can’t anyway, but it’s boring to keep deleting them. If anyone wants to register as a subscriber or writer or whatever, presumably they’ll know one or more of the existing writers and cancontinue reading

Big Brother lives in your phone

Firm to use cellphone data to map traffic in real time One the one hand — cool and very useful way to avoid traffic jams. Good excuse to buy an iPhone so you have a screen large enough to make sense of whatever data map becomes available. On the other — why are so manycontinue reading

It’s upgrade time

Things may be strange for the next bit while I overwrite some files. Should be back to normal in a few minutes. I’ll update this post when the upgrade’s done. edit — done!

The evil that is Comic Sans

I’d be perfectly happy to never see it again, and apparently I’m not the only one. There’s a whole movement advocating its abolition. I did not know that it originated with Microsoft Bob, but that explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Stop the presses

— and hold a spot on page one. Microsoft product leads to crash: Skype: Outage caused by Microsoft update MATT MOORE Associated Press August 20, 2007 FRANKFURT — A two-day outage that left millions of Skype users unable to use the popular Internet phone service was caused by an abnormally high number of restarts aftercontinue reading


An AOL survey showed that 53% of those polled admit to checking their email in the bathroom. As if keyboards needed exra germs…