December 30, 2006

» humanoid

Intruder alert

December 27, 2006

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December 26, 2006

» kodiak v kobayashi

There was only ever going to be one winner.

December 25, 2006

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December 23, 2006

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December 22, 2006

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December 14, 2006

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December 13, 2006

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December 12, 2006

» the skiing mini

In principle, I hate Top Gear, but it's hard to maintain that dislike when they do things like this.

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December 11, 2006

» the parlour

And this is why I don't frequent chatrooms.

December 09, 2006

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December 07, 2006

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December 03, 2006

» extra/ordinary

When I was a kid, my friend Kevin would talk about how his videos for assorted techno tracks would feature slow-mo footage of ordinary people at ordinary places: shopping centres and the like. This he did mostly for comic effect. To our surprise, others had taken the idea more seriously:

» bhopal

If only this were for real. Twenty-two years ago tonight poison gas leaked from a Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal, India. Up to half a million people were exposed to the gas; seven thousand were killed immediately; more than ten thousand have died since; and 150,000 are still suffering from severe health problems as a result. The site, and local drinking water, remains contaminated.

Dow Chemicals, which now owns Union Carbide, has refused to accept its responsibility to clean up the site, properly compensate the victims, or provide information that could help in the treatment of those still suffering the effects of the poison. No-one has ever been held accountable for the disaster; the only person charged has absconded from justice in India. American regulatory authorities, ever concerned with the financial improprieties of companies on their own soil, seem disinclined to take action on the corporate manslaughter of impoverished citizens half a world away. Learn more.

And this is why it matters.

December 02, 2006

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December 01, 2006

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