Category Archives: World

Nokiana: the one about the CIA, Syria, and the N95

Matt Kane resurfaced on Bristol‘s underscore mailing list  with this intriguing snippet, after some travels around the middle-east: ” … discovered N95s (not mine) cannot be taken into Syria”. I asked for the backstory, which goes like this: Quite a palaver. Got the train from Istanbul to Syria (amazing trip!). At the border they didn’t [...]

Obama

I was really very impressed by Obama’s speech this week. And somewhat suprised to hear a major US politician speak on complex, subtle issues in thoughtful, nuanced terms. For non USAmericans, I think it’s often hard to empathise with US-style patriotism; in particular, the seeming impossibility of seeing the US as anything other than a [...]

Language Expertise in FOAF: Speaks, Reads, Writes revisited

Stephanie Booth asks:  I vaguely remember somebody telling me about some emerging “standard” (too big a word) for encoding language skills. Or was it a dream? That would’ve been me, showing markup from the FOAFX beta from Paola Di Maio and friends, which explores the extension of FOAF with expertise information. This is part of [...]

Apparently the UK government are revisiting the idea of net censorship, in the context of anti-terrorism. UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith as reported in the “Guardian, Government targets extremist websites“: Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme before her speech, Smith said there were specific examples of websites that “clearly fall under the category [...]

Microblogs and the monolingual

Twitter-like microblogging seems a nice granularity for following thoughts expressed in languages you don’t speak. In 1988 I passed my French language GCSE exam; it’s been downhill all the way since. A year ago in Argentina, I got to the stage where I could just about express myself in Spanish. But it’s been fading. Nevertheless [...]

Dawkins QOTD

My impression remains what it has always been, however: the Postmodern Emperor is not only bereft of clothes. He doesn’t even have a skin. – Richard Dawkins, in comments thread for his review of the excellent Intellectual Impostures by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

EMR (Joost UK only)

OK, what happens if I put an URL in the Blog text: box? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398037/ And how can I tag this to be in my “conspiracy theory” category? http://danbri.org/words/category/world/conspiracy-theory Do blog posting APIs support categories? I hope at least Atom’s does… From Joost : EMR Stuck in a dead-end job and living alone with his cat, [...]