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  • QotD: perfect timing

    QotD: early riser or night owl? I’m a night owl who wants to be an early riser but hasn’t been able to crack it.
  • The death of the Australian car

    In response to a friend tonight on why the sun has set on the mass-produced Australian car (the last was produced in October 2017). I think part of the blame lies at Ford’s feet, Stuart. Ford has had a record of under-marketing lines for internal political reasons. They killed the Contour and...
  • Behind the scenes of Black Mirror

    Although this chat with Charlie Brooker (creator) and Annabel Jones (executive producer) was shot in August 2017, it still gives a good insight into what goes in to Black Mirror.     The Donald Pleasence public information film they refer to is this—creepy, and bear in mind t...
  • QotD: presence of presents

    QotD: what was your favourite gift from the holidays? There are too many to note—obviously Amanda’s comes in at number one because they were the most thought out, but I’ll keep that to myself. Instead, I will note that my cousin Wendy got me the following and gave them to me w...
  • The old man

    I regularly saw the old man, parked at the cemetery.    Almost every time I went up, he’d be there, his silver Hyundai with a personalized number plate parked. Come rain or come shine.    Who was he? Was he a widower visiting his wife?    Yesterday ...
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  • Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web

    TV1 here aired Annie Goldson’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, a 2017 documentary film about the internet millionaire. I’m glad our state broadcaster has opted to air this, as there has been an awful lot of misinformation about Dotcom, especially when he got involved in politics in 2...
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  • Facebook: do nothing, say nothing, even when people get killed

    And I thought my experiences with Facebook were negative, with all the bots and the malware. From The Guardian: Facebook has also faced significant criticism for its role in amplifying anti-Rohingya propaganda in Myanmar amid suspected ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.   ...
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  • Jacinda Ardern, then and now

    One indication on how little religion impacts on our politics comes from this interview from Time, with our prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. She’s been PM for nearly two months, and in the public eye for some time before that, and this is the first time I’ve heard that she grew up Mormon....
  • Vivaldi bugs sorted

    Some of the folks at the Vivaldi forum stepped in and solved the issues I had in my previous post here.   I thought it was funny when one of them asked, ‘I suggested to change user agent for the cantonese.sheik.co.uk site, not for vivaldi.net, which is perfectly accessible from Vival...
  • Vivaldi bugs continue

    I’ve had to file some more bug reports for Vivaldi. At one point, this site was one that the browser could not handle properly. I couldn’t begin typing text in this main box as I did today (there has been an update in the interim), without either switching browsers (back to Firefox), or ...
  • Always look on the bright side of life

    Maybe it’s the years of communism, but people try to look on the bright side in the old country. From Noelle Mateer on Twitter.  
  • The timeline of River Song (right up to season 35)

    The BBC had made an official one of these for a DVD, but a Whovian has cleverly cut this with updated scenes: it’s the timeline of River Song. This won’t make any sense to those of you who don’t follow Doctor Who, but essentially the character is someone who travels through time, a...
  • Star Trek Continues comes to an end

    I was never a Trekkie—in fact, when watching the original Star Trek, I thought it was all a bit spooky as a kid. I did, however, rent the pilot to The Next Generation (it didn’t air here for years after it débuted in the US) and enjoyed it, but was never committed enough to follow...
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  • The majority

    Steve McQueen never thought of himself as an actor, but a ‘reactor’. There aren’t many Steve lines that one can quote, but here’s one from toward the end of his career, in An Enemy of the People. ‘It takes 50 years for the majority to be right, and then the major...
  • Arguing

    An excellent status update from some other site from my friend Mari. Here’s a game I used to play at home with my dad. I called it “just kill me” because I hated it so much.   As a child, and especially as a teenager, I had loads of opinions. On everything. Usually not v...
  • Caring

    I hope Debra (Ladywise here on Blogcozy) is OK. Anyone heard from her since August?   The good thing about blogging is that we can do it whenever we like. Actually, social media updates should be like that, too! There’s no rule to say that one must do them daily.   For me, ...
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  • Vivaldi is annoyingly buggy, too—I wonder if it’s down to Chrome

    In September 2017, I switched to Vivaldi as my browser of choice, after Firefox began eating through RAM like there was no tomorrow. I haven’t changed browsers often in my lifetime, starting with Netscape till it no longer worked properly, then IE5 briefly, then Maxthon (then with the IE engin...