This is also excellent, via Nick at work, click on high-res
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Father, it’s been 14 years since my last confession. Since then, I’ve been horrible to my siblings, cursed, and phoned Domino’s and passed out before they turned up so they wasted two pizzas.
Michael White: It’s fun to watch one ambitious Tory outmanoeuvre another, and no doubt Ed Miliband will be delighted too.
Lovely article by Michael White about Tory infighting, i especially like his decision to put Boris’ quotes in ALL CAPS! Adds a certain comical urgency to it, very fun.
This posturing is absolute comedy gold, as M White suggests. It’s what makes politics really funny and enjoyable, when pip-squeaks like M Gove really really think “they love me, they really love me!”
People whispering in your ears about how much better you’d be compared to Osborne, and how popular you are “with the grass-roots”, it’s brilliant!
Greek Tragedy (remembered from GCSE English Exam)
They refuse to see their HAMARTIA. In Gove’s case that would be his utter lack of “likeability”, his pomposity.
Same silliness responsible for IDS thinking he could step up to the plate, that made Michael Ancram run for leader (lol), that makes Theresa May think she’d make a good leader, that is ruthlessly positioning Philip Hammond as a non-ruthless, non-positioning John Major candidate.
Ex-EU = More Important
The other part that makes it even more exciting is the positioning around leaving the EU. If you want to lead, wouldn’t it be better to lead on your own, than lead as part of a crew? Britain breaks up the band, goes it alone. Gove gets to meet the President! He gets to go China! Imagine how much more punch he’ll pack if he’s ex-Europam! “I’ve got control of my own borders, and my own military, so…..” I am confident that the Will To Power has more to do with EU exit vs. any long-term strategic understanding, we’ll be more IMPORTANT therefore BETTER.
Obama Photos With Leaders
As if by magic this photo arrives, that David Cameron has tweeted, and Caitlin Moran has v amusingly mocked. Cameron looks like my Mum meeting the Pope, Obama languishes wonderfully, “yeaaaaaah, well…..Paul i think…sorry David i think..i don’t really care to be honest”.
Compare this to his engaged, fatherly, leader of the free world pose with S. Korean leader last week
Watching Steve Jobs iPhone Keynote again! The themes are “repetition” , “structure”, “humour”, “timing” and “repetition”.
Watching it all again-having nonfamously declaring about two months before the announcement Apple would never make a phone (on a short lived podcast called Double Quilted Blogroll)-there are two things that stand up, that still completely affect mobile devices, choices you make:
1. Scrolling with a finger - self explanatory
2. Multitouch - patented multi touch for a touch screen. This makes some sense on a phone, specifically for gaming. I remember having a G1 with a Gameboy emulator, downloaded Super Mario 3: Warioland but was unable to play it because it couldn’t register multi touch. This has since changed to a degree, but gaming on iOS still shits all over Android. Maybe this is one of the reasons?
But the bugger impact IMHO from Multitouch has been effect on the tablet market. iPad was introduced a few years ago, and the killer feature for me and for everyone is Five-Finger Home-Pinch. This is the most natural, wonderful, normal, incredible UI ever conceived. It makes complete sense, it’s like screwing something up and starting again, what other similes for it make sense?
Why this matters, is it’s patented. I will let you play with my Galaxy Tab which was given to me. You have to return home by using a virtual button at the bottom, that looks like a house. You’re halfway through the final planet on Angry Birds Star Wars, “Hugh, the Chinese is here” comes the call, I’ll just shut down this game and come back to…. WHAT? Why must I drop one of my arms to the bottom of the screen, and receive an unsatisfying vvvvvmmmm rumble from a virtual house button. Oh vengeful god why dost thou smite me?
it’s all because of Multitouch, iPhone patent. It condemns all tablets to an unedifying UI. Try and have a great time closing your windows on a Nexus 7, it’s impossible.
The radio show about the New IRA is really excellent.
The interview with a “New IRA” released convict, who spent 2012 in prison smearing his shit all over his cell walls with zero coverage, is astonishing.
As is the ex-IRA soldier admitting that “we lost” but is still committed to the Peace Process.This is a new view that i wasn’t aware of: those who fought the Armed Struggle saying “yeah we lost”, and being more happy with that vs. picking up guns again.
Truly horrific accounts of murders and knee-capping in the name of Republicans Against Drugs (RAD).
Also, Peter Taylor sounds exactly like the voiceover from the Piranha Brothers Monty Python sketch, “Tonight, on Ethel The Frog….and then again, a week after that”.
Samsung has today snatched the exclusive rights to an updated version of the ITV Player app for its Android smartphones and tablets being sold in the UK. The app is available right …
““The fragmentation of the Android ecosystem is well-known therefore, as a commercial broadcaster, it makes sense for us to partner with the leading manufacturer of Android devices to further increase our technical knowledge of the operating system.””
The New Dissidents, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s8cp9 from @bbcradio4 via BBC iPlayer Radio
Bits of Wolf Hall seem to be taken from Blackadder II !
There’s also lots of other examples of Cromwell talking like Lord Blackadder, esp. when he’s being overtly rude to ambassadors and St. Thomas More.
It’s an amazing book, if you haven’t read it read it!