Friday, February 22, 2002
Watched the curling final last night, and it was thoroughly thrilling. It’s amazing how quickly you can get engrossed in all the bizarre terminology and paraphernalia of a sport. I never thought I’d have so much respect for someone throwing a large block of granite down an ice sheet, but the guts and concentration it must have taken to win gold with that final stone were incredible.

The only value I can see in this article from the British Medical Journal, on the apparent positive effects of praying for hospital patients long after their illness, is a text-book example of how misleading statistics can be when done wrong. I can only hope it is a joke, but a worrying number of the responses on the letters pages (mainly from qualified doctors) certainly aren’t, and completely missed the point. I’m currently reading Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos, all about the dangers of misunderstanding numbers and this is a great example. More thoughts on this to come at some point
Thursday, February 21, 2002
Forgot to do this earlier – Monday’s radio show:
Nirvana – Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Lambchop – D. Scott Parsley
King Tubby – Thunder Rock
Clinton – People Power In The Disco Hour
DJ Shadow – Organ Donor
Clinic – Walking With Thee
Bonnie Prince Billy – Rich Wife Full Of Happiness
Smog – Dress Sexy At My Funeral
Jah Wobble and Temple Of Sound – Shout At The Devil
Bob Dylan – Visions Of Johanna
Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
Neil Young – After The Goldrush

And talking of radio, the BBC’s new digital station, 6 music sounds quite listenable, but very up its own arse – far too much use of the words “credible” and “passionate” for my liking.
How well do you know the Simpsons?
“You scored 8 out of a possible 10.
Your encyclopaedic knowledge of The Simpsons makes you the toast of Springfield. You probably dress up as Marge for the annual convention.”

Got a desperate email from my sister yesterday – she’s in South Africa and has been using for free webmail. They’ve suddenly informed their customers that they have to pay Ł15 within three days or have their accounts cancelled. According to their page of explanation:
“You see, free stuff on the net is HISTORY. Soon, everything you now get for nothing will cost you money.”
Saturday, February 16, 2002
Good to see that Ritchie is blogging again – will add him to the sidebar as soon as I can be arsed