Thursday, 28 December 2006

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

In memory of Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan died 10 years ago today and his admirers are organising a blog-a-thon in his memory.

I first stumbled across him when I watched Contact and subsequently read the book, which I enjoyed a great deal. So the least I could do was to contribute to the effort!

Monday, 11 December 2006

Movies of the year

It wasn't a great year for movies but I saw a couple of good ones late on. I enjoyed Little Children and Little Miss Sunshine was excellent (which includes music from Sufjan Stevens).

But my favourite was The Squid and the Whale, which was wonderful.

You see any good ones?

Sunday, 10 December 2006


One of Microsoft's methods of marketing Vista. Some of the episodes are amusing.

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Books of the year

It must be Christmas... yesterday's Herald had a "books of the year" article. It was the usual selections -- people who should be reading serious stuff were reading escapist fluff and people who you might expect to read fluff were reading serious books. So Jack McConnell chose The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as his book of the year. Nicola Sturgeon chose Weekend. Ruth Wishart chose Among the Dead Cities. And some unknown (to me) writer chose Failed States. Sheena McDonald said she liked to read books that take her beyond her comfort zone and selected The Third Reich in Power. It looks like Jack and Nicola prefer La-La Land.