Seeing Glasgow

UPDATE: Well our social calendar is busier than I thought. I noticed a small article about an upcoming Architecture Festival in Glasgow. Did a little digging and found that there are all sorts of tours, events and whatnot happening. I’m planning on going to a few, most probably the following: Doors Open day – some of the grander buildings in Glasgow, which are usually closed to visitors or have restricted access, open their doors. Runs all weekend – 18th/19th Sept. – more info here. Bollywood Outdoor Cinema – Hidden Gardens, Tramway – Sat. 18th Sept. 7pm. River Regeneration Tour – A tour of Glasgow and the Clydeside by river, including a dusk return highlighting the City’s Lighting Strategy (hot soup …

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Cords or Tabs?

Note to self: Yes, your shiny, silver, optical, CORDLESS mouse is lovely and shiny and silver. However please try to remember that it is CORDLESS which means you need to place it BACK on the charging cradle at night. That way, when you come home after work and go upstairs to check your emails, the batteries in your nice shiny, silver, optical CORDLESS mouse might not be dead. This rendering of your mouse as a paperweight MAY be excused if it were an attempt to show the futility of man’s reliance on technology. However, as it is the result of your own bone-headed forgetfulness you deserve nothing less than a slap upside the head. Idiot. P.S. Isn’t it amazing how …

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America through MetaFilter

Oprah gives away some cars on her show (276 of them) to members of the studio audience, all of them designated as ‘needy’. Me-Fi’s go nuts – 127 comments and counting. A post about the death of Mazen al-Tomasi, an Arabian reporter whose was killed by shrapnel from American missile fire, all of which was graphically caught on camera – 65 comments and counting. That’s HALF the number of comments. Something is seriously wrong. Disclaimer: Yes I know that using MeFi isn’t the best basis on which to judge a nation but the comparison struck me. Read what you will into it.

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Red Breast

Yeah yeah, Buckingham Palace, Batman and all that. What really gets me about this story is what happened with Robin. He didn’t climb up the ladder as the armed police threatened to shoot him if he did (a wise choice by him, I’m sure you’ll agree) but AFTER that he was only arrested having given an interview to Sky News. So let me get this straight. You, at gunpoint, order a man down off a ladder then let him wander off to talk to Sky? Again it makes you wonder who is controlling things these days.

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You can quote me

Remember when I mentioned a friend’s MBA, well he asked me to proof read his dissertation. I’ve just finished it and I’m jolly impressed. Turns out he’s quite smart after all! (you’d never tell from looking at him). I’m kidding of course, he’s possibly one of the smartest people I know. Anyhoo*, I did pause when I realised that he had lifted a quote from my post on the topic, then I remembered that he DID ask my permission. What a terrible memory I have. His dissertation is fascinating, and I’ve started looking up some of the quoted authors, so if I start spouting forth about corporate culture in the coming days, you’ll know why. Best find so far is …

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Paint the whole world

Every morning should have one, arching across the sky as the drizzle falls, all the colours in such glorious vibrancy. Site news: HaloScan continues to play silly buggers, I’m trying to get in touch with the site admin to see what the problem is. Other news: Mark Conrad wrote about the media coverage of Beslan in yesterday’s Observer: Should we have looked away? Rather than transmitting facts, it exists to stir up emotions – literally to orchestrate them… Ethical scruples may make us avert our gaze from such images. But are we then colluding with the politicians who want to suppress them because of the inconvenient truths they tell? Interesting piece, worth a read. And, possibly on a similar note, …

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So far

Yesterday, some shopping, The Terminal, and some quiet reflection centred on New York. Today, airport at 6am to wave off the in-laws (really just making sure they got on the plane). Home to tidy up and head out to Chatelherault for a car launch thing for the new Renault Modus. Keep those 100 Things questions coming!

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The Terminal

The Terminal Well, Tom Hanks plays a foreign man “stuck” in an airport. It’s a schmaltzy tale, reasonably well told but ultimately unaffecting. Nice story, average acting and direction. I HAVE spent two hours of my life doing more boring things, just…

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All about the G

Help me compile my 100 Things! Right, I’ve started one of these several times and have never gotten very far. Seeing as it’s Friday, and we all need a good excuse to be pretending to work (although I never understand why this is different from any OTHER day of the week), I thought I’d enlist your help. So, dear reader, what questions have you always wanted to ask me, or for that matter, what questions have you always wanted to ask anybody/everybody? What I’m looking for, obviously, is some really deep philosophical questions*, stuff that will really make me think. So take your time, construct your question carefully and I’ll answer with the same care and thought. I’ve taken a …

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Roll on 2005

Two flights, Glasgow to Malaga, booked on 10th January. Six days away from cold, wet, Scotland. Return flights booked as well, all for £187 for the two of us. Can’t say fairer than that. Gives us something to look forward to after Christmas as well.

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