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Guest Posts over at Lone Gunman

September 14, 2009

This week I’m writing a series of guest posts over at Lloyd Morgan’s excellent Lone Gunman blog. See you there!
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Restaurant Hack

August 13, 2009

Tired of poor service? Try this (as yet, untested) hack. Create a review sheet like this one, but with the real logo of a respected, well-known review organisation. Print a few copies onto good quality, heavy stock paper or card. Guillotine into individual pieces, and put them just slightly poking out of your inside...
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Definition: noctanimus

August 5, 2009

“But what was normal in the evening by the morning seems insane”Lua, Bright Eyes The night is a strange time. We tend to feel more emotional, we argue more, say things – to lovers or enemies – that we may not normally say, and in general act less logically. I’m surprised we don’t have a...
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The Disillusionment of 2009

July 19, 2009
The Disillusionment of 2009

Why are so many people disillusioned with the web: either desperately seeking a ‘less technical’ life, or making practical steps towards reducing the amount of web/technology in their life? Here’s my theory for why it’s happening. The Gartner Hype Cycle is a well-known (and surprisingly accurate) model for the adoption of specific technologies. First...
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Canada

July 12, 2009

Canada = USA + UK + “eh?”
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The Value of Nostalgia

July 7, 2009

For a given nostalgic item, such as a Sony Walkman or Star Wars Action Figure: Vn = (A x C)S Where: Vn is the Value of Nostalgia A is Age C is Cultural Impact S is Scarcity
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Oh, Canada

June 26, 2009

Tomorrow I start a two-week trip to mid-Canada, taking in Calgary, Banff, the long drive to Regina, and Toronto. These are the places nearby I’d also like to see, purely for their names: Vulcan Medicine Hat Moose Jaw Foam Lake Pilot Butte Climax (which, ironically, doesn’t look very interesting) Earl Grey Success Wartime And...
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More TfL faux-pas

June 23, 2009
More TfL faux-pas

Following on from the previous Transport for London error, Amy pointed out these posters for their latest campaign to promote cycling, which unfortunately don’t depict the happy cyclists wearing helmets.
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Golden, Golden, Golden

June 13, 2009
Golden, Golden, Golden

Golden Hour: In photography, the golden hour (also known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day when a specific photographic effect is achieved with the quality of the light during these hours. Typically, lighting will be softer (more diffuse) and warmer in hue, and shadows will be quite pronounced as a result of the...
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Smutty, atheist werewolves were not the done thing in 1954

June 3, 2009
Smutty, atheist werewolves were not the done thing in 1954

The Comics Code Authority was created in 1954 to regulate the content of US comics. Read ‘regulate’ as ‘censor’, which is what it did astonishingly-well for almost thirty years. Its Comic Book Code of 1954 - though clearly a puritan tragedy that set the format back by at least a decade – contains some interesting...
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