January 31st, 2010

Reasons to be snitful parts 1 2 3^H^H^H ^H 94

1. I have some sort of cold. Minor sniffles and cough, though that may be more due to the weather, and tired, though that may be due to the 3 trips to London in the last week or so, but mainly the strange feeling of having had someone sandpaper the inside of my wind-pipe.
2. Where did all the peanut butter go? (long time passing, where did all the peanut butter go, long time ago?)
3. A trip to the Oracle centre in Reading. Over the last 6 months or so since we last went there it has started to look shabby.
4. One of the Waterstones' in Reading has the definite Stench Of Death (TM). The other one, in the converted chapel looks about as live as ever, i.e. not very, but no worse than usual. (*)
5. Unreasonably irked to find that the commercial radio station in Reading / Basingstoke, like Fox FM has also been rebranded as Heart.
6. Irksome Conservative profauxsal about high speed broadband being wibbled about on the BBC Irksome Wibbling About Profauxsals Channel (formerly BBC Press Releases 24).
7. The Macmillan vs Amazon vs Apple vs Google vs Microsoft (with a side-order of Apple vs Adobe) 'Oceania is at war with Eastasia, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia' all-comers pissing context. A plaque (blue) on all their houses.
7a. Had a brief play with a Sony e-book reader. Not impressed. Also, I am not psychologically prepared for the advent of e-books. (***)
8. Sony and Nintendo both advertising the iPlayer as part of their ads for Wii, Playstation 3. This is snitful in the sense that it is a racing certainty that the BBC will be kneecapped by Call Me Dave on irksome tribal grounds and in order to treacherously cow-tow to News Corporation.
9. I am simultaneously irked by
(a) the revelations of dubious goings on in the world of 'Climate OMFGWAGTFDBBQ' science
(b) the reaction from both sides (crowing / exaggeration/ minimising / lame excuses)
A carbon-neutral plaque (also blue) on all their houses too.
10. Rereading one of my books about Enron in the bath this morning did little to improve my mood (other books being read currently being too large / expensive to read in the bath or library books). The resonances will have to go unremarked in an unlocked post and are left as an exercise to the reader, though a lot of it seems to be straining at a gnat and swallowing the camel of valuing all sorts of revenue streams by mark to market accounting (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron_scandal#Mark-to-market_accounting )

In weird rather than snitful news, Waterstones are hyping Jaron Lanier's book in their top ten books we are hyping this week (or whatever). Jaron appears to be going on about that which Jaron goes on about, and no doubt I will buy / read it at some point, but it strikes me that this is awfully obscure for a mainstream book, the equivalent of a book by someone from one Plymouth Brethren sect arguing about their arguments versus another.

(*) Strange anthropological / business notes
i - the one in the Oracle centre has ads for e-books all over the place, the other one not (though it is selling Sony and Elonex (**) e-book readers.
ii - the one in the Oracle centre has one bookcase of sex books, the other one two bookcases of pregancy / childbirth books. Go figure.
(**) Good grief, Elonex are still going.
(***) Am also planning to get an 8-track cartridge player.

Can you believe they wiped this?

On j4's LJ, I used the phase 'whom God preserve,of Utrecht' in connection with Mr Snips (whom God preserve, of Utrecht). This prompted a comment by venta, which prompted me to look up the phrase on Wikipedia which yielded http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_of_Beachcomber (which I did not know, though there was a Radio 4 thing with Richard Ingrams which I think I have a cassette of somewhere, possibly) and in particular "Odd inventions explained by Dr. Strabismus (whom God preserve) of Utrecht (Spike Milligan with a high quavering German accent)."