23.12.11

irony and firewalls



“Scio me nihil scire” – Socrates


According to Plato, this is Socrates response to the claim by the Oracle of Delphi that ‘no human is wiser’ than he. “I know one thing, that I know nothing.” Rather than being Socrates denial of his knowledge, this was a claim that, to understand what one lacks is a true test of wisdom. This seems to have been the tack in the US senate of late, whose coverage was consistently and frustratingly interjected with phrases such as "I'm not a nerd" or "I'm no tech expert, but they tell me..."
The problem is that the issue in hand in the senate at the moment may very well dictate and shape the future of what is currently the single biggest technological advance connecting human beings the world over, the internet.

16.12.11

strike the harps

“It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid” Crooned Paul Young in nineteen eighty four over the spine tingling opening to the first band aid single.
But nearly three decades down the line there is still an inherent fear that rises in me with the dawning of winter and the imminence of the Christmas period. A fear that for the better part of a month and a half, everywhere I go I will be subjected to the never ending tirade of over-played, over-hyped, Christmas jingles. Or worse still, that there will be yet another attempt to capture the feeling of the season and squeeze it, against its will, into three minutes of senseless and emotionless frivolity.
As my tone may reveal I’m not a huge fan of the tradition of Christmas songs, in my mind they inhabit the worst parts of the festive period. A place where the charm and warmth of open fires and Bing Crosby have been forgotten in place of brightly coloured, plastic tinsel and eggnog based cocktails tipped over coworkers at raucous office Christmas parties.

2.12.11

nanowrimo - week five

To the winners circle!
This blog is the fourth in a series following my experiences joining the other plucky individuals across the globe participating in National Novel Writing Month.

The challenge: write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.
Check the links below for the previous weeks blogs: