Provincial Letters

Far from the mad crowds of the city, Blaise Pascal passed comment on the strange behaviour of this urban contemporaries in his Provincial Letters. The connection between them and this blog is somewhat tenuous.

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My star sign in Superstition. And I didn't believe in reincarnation last time, either. The only thing I can't tolerate is intolerance. I am a fanatical ant-fanaticist. I am bigotted only where bigots are concerned. I am a fundamentalist atheist. I'm proud to be a product of evolution; I know it in my genes.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Posted @ 13:06People with bumpy fronts

The other week my mate Sean and I noticed a strange type of person in the pub: people with bumpy fronts. These people, who didn't seem to need to shave as often as us, seemed strangely attractive.

If anyone has any more information about these strange and wonderful creatures, would they please let us know.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Posted @ 19:00The Visible Man

Following a freak accident involving a gas chromatograph, a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and a jam doughnut, Frank Seltzer was rendered visible...

...unfortunately, he discovered that all the invisible people could no longer see him (obviously invisible people can see each other). He also couldn't see any of the invisible objects in the world (of which there are a great number). It was further unfortunate that he could still feel the invisible people and the invisible objects and walk into them, trip over them and generally interact with them.

Mayhem ensues.

[I'm sure this would make a great film. But I can just see them casting Jim Carrey in the part of Frank Seltzer and ruining it.]

Posted @ 18:36Oh dear...

Here's the rant:

Why can't I have the date in the "posted by" bits in proper form; why do we have to put up with the monumentally stupid US format (which only depends on the way Americans happen to say dates and the fact they routinely fail to distinguish between cardinal and ordinal numbers [look it up!]).

The international standard is yyyy/mm/dd and is very logical because that's a good way to sort dates. The European standard is simply the reverse of this (not as logical but equally readable). The US "standard" is parochial, illogical and inane.

I'm not asking for the format option to be removed, just asking for there to be an option to put the timestamp in a reasonable form that I (and millions and millions of others) understand.

Not that this rant will make must difference...

Friday, December 10, 2004

Posted @ 16:12Welcome

I've been thinking - always a risky thing to do - and think perhaps it's worthwhile spinning off some of my ideas into the cybersphere.

Watch this (cyber-)space.