Monthly Archives: July 2009

Caroline Flyn | 28 July 2009

What We're Reading

1. More improbable pastimes: Doga.

2. Harsh. To be fair, Texts from Last Night, Stuff White People Like and Kemp Folds are actually quite funny, in a bizarre I'm-not-sure-I-should-be-rewarding-this-kind-of-behaviour way.

3. Vice magazine keep a special 'break the intern' blog.

4. Chimp vs. child: learning. Parts one and two.

5. Techdirt: Coldplay probably didn't steal Cat Stevens' riff any more than they did that of The Creaky Boards, Satriani, The Doves or Alizee.
Perhaps there was a slightly nerdier inspiration?


Caroline Flyn | 27 July 2009

What We're Reading

1. My life and past bad judgement calls are now plastered across the internet for all eternity (thanks, facebook). But future generations may be saved this embarassment with self-destructing data.

2. Garfield minus Garfield – "Revealed: the existential angst of Jon Arbuckle"

3. "My thousand-year story is an antidote… You can't take in more than one word per century. That's even slower than reading Proust."

4. Oh. This is wonderful.

5. Lev Grossman's dispatches from San Diego Comic-Con are some of the most harrowing things I have read this week. Seriously, it sounds like that bit two-thirds through every Hunter Thompson book when everything starts to get really, really messy.

Caroline Flyn | 21 July 2009

What We're Reading

1. Unintelligent design. "A few shark species have live births. The first sibling to mature sometimes eats its siblings in utero."

2. Outrageous fact of the day: 7% of the UK population is privately educated. But 75% of the judiciary were privately educated.

3. Antonia Quirke on T in the Park: "Then there are the compulsory feasts of burgers, fried on site in their delicious thousands, as though the entire US Marine Corps were attending, too, drumming their knives against tin plates and shouting, “MEAT MEAT!”"

4. India has made education compulsory.

5. Gift ideas for nerds 21: light switches. SmartSwitch is tougher to turn on when your power consumption is high, touch-free lightswitch/dimmer for impressing dates, optical illusion switch, programmable light switch, voice-activated switch for trekkies.

Caroline Flyn | 15 July 2009


1. Persepolis 2.0: post-election update.

2. Funny. I know that I HATE Arial, and LOVE Helvetica… but when it comes down to it I can't even tell them apart.

3. Madoff held in Ponzi prison

4. Avalanche survivor wins lottery. Which almost matches up with this remarkable tale.

5. I'm a fan of not being on fire.

Caroline Flyn | 14 July 2009


1. Africa to get first Chinese daily. Concerning Chinese politics, "We shouldn't, and we don't, publish anything and everything. It's just like that."

2. My Life Is Average.

3. Swearing alleviates pain. But so do religious icons, so take your pick really.

4. Babes of the BNP."Which do you dislike more, Muslims or Hindus?"
"Muslims. They’re the ones who’ve got the most attention"

5. Gift ideas for nerds 20: camping. Solar-powered tent, Text-me-home-dome, handpowered coffee machine, auto-twitter your location, mobile kitchen.