It's just not cricket!

So the Beeb have tracked down the man who made Rusedski swear (and gone to some trouble to do it as well). Mr. Zilionis (for it was he) has been living in the UK for 10 years. Obviously he hasn’t quite grasped the culture properly. Every good Englishman knows (so I’m told) that if you do something as heinous as destroy the sporting chances of one of ‘the lads’, the LAST thing you do is own up to it. You skulk off in shame. However, in the celebrity society of today, it’s not really a surprise to see him come forward is it? Right, which tabloid is gonna give him £10,000 for ‘his story’…

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Kazaa!!

My name is Gordon McLean, and I am a ‘net pirate’. OK, so I’m not the person that wrote the article. I’m lying. Sorry. However, the main point of the article is true. Personally, despite having access to more tracks than I could ever hope to listen to in my life time, I STILL buy CDs. And there’s the rub. If it’s a well known artist, and particularly if I own some of their previous work, I am more likely to part my some hard earned moolah than I would be on a CD of which I know little about and have only heard one or two tracks on MTV(2). Now, give me the opportunity to buy those one or …

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Currently

Listening to N.E.R.D. – In search of…Reading A Revolution of the Sun by Tim Pears.Thinking: “I don’t want to be at work, I wanna be outside in the sun.” “What books should I take on holiday with me?”

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Why I write this

Why do you write what you write? An oft asked question of many people who maintain a weblog/website that is available to all and sundry. Tom answers this question in his usual, well thought out manner, and nails it perfectly. And as usual, after reading something by Tom, I’m left wondering why I’m not that smart.

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Catchup

Several things have zipped past me over the last couple of weeks, here’s the pick of the bunch (IMHO): American Traveler International Apology Shirt. Trackback and free speech (more about this later) We’re all gonna die! (having just finished reading Good Omens, this was especially timely) Handspring Treo 600 – phone, camera, PDA, and a teeny tiny QWERTY keyboard. Born shy, always shy? Temperamental differences may last throughout life. Summer reading finder – click a name for other suggestions (starting with Iain Banks)OrWhich book – a cool flash app, use the sliders to set your preferences and get a book recommendation. (via SixDifferentWays)

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Amazon RSS

Amazon RSS feeds are also now available. However these ones are not provided by Amazon but by those industrious chaps at Lockergnome. Now you can keep up-to-date with the latest products, although my bank account tells me that might not be the best idea!

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BBC News goes RSS

I’m pretty sure that most people on ‘the net’ know about the BBC News website. In fact if I recall correctly, it has won awards. The team behind the website have just turned on RSS feeds for the entire site, so fire up FeedReader folks (or your chosen RSS reader) as all the BBC News indexes are now RSS’d.

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No Bullshit

We’ve all (well most of us) sat through them, stifling yawns, fidgeting, nodding in the right places (we think). Then leaving, chatting to co-workers, discussing what has just been heard… or more accurately asking each other what the hell had just been said. Corporate ‘bull’ is a plague that I’ve mentioned before, particularly the use of big words when simpler, easier to understand ones will do, and it seems like I’m not the only person to notice. In fact, Deloitte Consulting feel the same, and have launched Bull Fighter. It’s an add-in for MS Office (basically a glorified spell checker) which aims to remove the bull from your documents. What a top idea, I’m off to download it and run …

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