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simon gray - 2016-01-28, 18:33:52

I’ve come home to a news story that apparently the Russians spied on Mao Tse-Tung’s poo. It’s a glorious life, the life of a spy.


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Obscure kitchen utensils

simon gray - 2016-01-19, 18:01:38

In John Lewis, with a friend who was looking for a salad spinner. Neither of the two assistants working in the kitchen department knew what a salad spinner is. 


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Celebrity scientists

simon gray - 2016-01-16, 09:37:21

Here's a thing which occurs to me - do celebrity television astronomers (such as eg Maggie Aderin-Pocock) get a bit narked seeing celebrity television particle physicists such as Brian Cox fronting space programmes?


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Pierre Boulez RIP

simon gray - 2016-01-06, 13:14:59

Composer Pierre Boulez has sadly died; his daughter Patti is said to be distraught. Inheritance of the royalties for the Planet of the Apes novel series is yet to be decided.


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simon gray - 2016-01-06, 00:28:08

'I've made 10 albums and none of them match up to Never Mind The Bollocks - and I'm an arrogant bastard, seriously'. Class.


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simon gray - 2016-01-05, 09:07:29

It's mildly irritating having to walk all the way round to get on to Selly Oak station platform from the park and ride. Especially as one sees a train pulling in to the station. 


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About The Perfect Curve

simon gray - 2016-01-02, 06:01:28

Barely a month goes by without me seeing somebody get all riled up about the latest change to Facebook's or Twitter's design, functionality, privacy settings, advertising policy, or myriad other reasons for people to get all riled up.

At the same time, we as online communities have willingly given over our digital identities, our online presences, and the online discussion space from systems which were distributed and owned by nobody and everybody to a pair of private corporations, with single points of failure, accountable to nobody - not even in any real sense to their advertisers and investors - and immune to challenge or boycott.

The Perfect Curve is a response to this; it is here as an alternative to those who object to the way other social media and social networking sites operate corporately, and here as a place where people who just want to talk to other people using text and pictures can do so without other bloat getting in the way.

The aspiration for The Perfect Curve is for the code to be Open Sourced, for the site and its operating policies to be owned and governed by the community of users, for infrastructure of the site to be funded in a financially sustainable manner without resorting to external funders who will wrest control from the user community, and ultimately, for the site to work on a distributed database model to create resilience.

Sooner or later, first Twitter and then Facebook will disappear; if you think that's a fanciful notion, think [...]

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