Links for May 19th

Unpleasant Medicine I think it's significant that there's no consensus on the larger-scale significance of environmental threats; indeed, our responses are severely polarized, as if these are debatable matters of opinion rather than ones with quantifiable facts attached. Eyjafjallajoekull can potentially continue to erupt for years, massively disrupting long haul travel across the North Atlantic [...]

Links for September 8th

Cory Doctorow: Special Pleading Six years ago, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom couldn't be counted as a real success for open publishing because I was too obscure to feel the cost of the lost sales. Now, I'm too successful, someone whose name is so widely known that I am uniquely situated to benefit [...]

Links for July 6th

Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's' Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say. The Florida research, carried out on mice, also suggested caffeine hampered the production of the protein plaques which are the hallmark of the disease. Previous research has also suggested a protective effect from [...]

Links for April 27th

Giving It Away The thing about an e-book is that it's a social object. It wants to be copied from friend to friend, beamed from a Palm (nasdaq: PALM - news - people ) device, pasted into a mailing list. It begs to be converted to witty signatures at the bottom of e-mails. It is [...]

Links for April 16th

UK 'has the worst copyright laws' UK copyright laws "needlessly criminalise" music fans and need to be updated, a consumer watchdog says. UK laws that make it a copyright violation to copy a CD that you own onto a computer or iPod should be changed, says Consumer Focus. The call came after global umbrella group [...]

Links for April 7th

The amorality of the faithful Rabbi Avi Shafran is a columnist who, to my mind, represents the very worst of religious dogma. He often writes about "morality", bemoaning the horrid state of godlessness, but his morality is little more than the rote obedience of the dogmatically orthodox. His usual complaint is that atheism removes the [...]

Links for March 26th

''Hello America, I'm a British Muslim' When British businessman Imran Ahmad was made redundant in January, instead of hitting the Job Centre he decided to arrange a one-man speaking tour of the United States to spread his message of peace and Muslim moderateness. God 'will not give happy ending' God will not intervene to prevent [...]

Links for March 12th

Iron Maiden speak out over riot Heavy metal group Iron Maiden's tour manager has criticised the people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band's website, [...]

Bookmarks for March 5th through March 10th

YouTube vs PRS: whoever wins, it's bad news for musicians - You've got to hand it to Google: when it threw its toys out of the pram over its dispute with PRS For Music, it immediately won the PR war. On blogs, boards and Twitter the consensus is: hurrah for Google! It's sticking it to [...]

Bookmarks for February 25th through February 27th

A false sense of security - The real danger of social networks is complacency, not cancer, says Bill Thompson Ryanair mulls charge for toilets - Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it is considering charging passengers for using the toilet while flying. Chief executive Michael O'Leary told the BBC that the Dublin-based carrier was looking [...]

Bookmarks for February 15th through February 16th

NABBC National Convention - A bright but cold morning recently greeted the delegates for the 2009 National Convention of the National Association of Brass Band conductors (NABBC) at their convention venue in Lincoln. Our band performed at this event. We were delighted to be conducted by the legendary Major Peter Parkes Don't be bitter as [...]

UK Government fails again

I wonder,  sometimes, who comes up with these ideas. Our beloved government think that in order to combat crime, especially terrorism, they will need all the ISPs in the country to keep details of every single email that anyone sends or receives on their services. If they do that then we'll all be able to [...]