Monthly Archives: September 2005

religion makes you worse off

Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’: “In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion … Continue reading

if your mother says she loves you

“If your mother says she loves you, get a second source.” “If your mother says she loves you, get a second opinion.” One place attributes the latter to Dan Rather; another to the movie Primal Fear. Clearly the saying predates … Continue reading

us national debt

United States National Debt and the presidents responsible for it.

In Search of the Valley

The Movie: In Search of the Valley: In Search of the Valley is the story of three friend’s personal journey into the psyche of Silicon Valley, in which they swapped London for California for one month last September. During the … Continue reading

reason #37 to like google

An ideas mailing list is open to anyone at Google who wants to post a proposal.

fun at camp

“I’ve just returned from entertaining the folks at a family weekend at a gay Jewish camp. It was mostly lesbians. “Imagine having 2 Jewish mothers.” —Heather Gold

UKers get hawt broadband

£24/month, 24 Mb down, 1.3 Mb up. Sweet!

guerilla usability: ice oasis hockey

For the past two years, I’ve been playing hockey at Ice Oasis. It’s a nice enough rink, but their web site is terrible. While they’ve since ditched the neon colours, the schedule page is pretty awful: you have to see … Continue reading

the YASNS spammer unmasked

At danah’s suggestion, I took the bait and sent a reply to the YASNS spammers. I picked “Carrie,” and sent her a note full of spelling mistakes and a run-on sentence: i got your email on myspacester isn’t it nice … Continue reading

Ed Zander is a dumbass

“Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?” —Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola