although one never knows for sure, of course.
Wednesday. Some firms now stop folk they sue from countersuing.
Tuesday. Creepy new level of social manipulation: very disturbing online game in China.
Monday. Feeling of turning a corner: let's see if it's real. 'Turn on the Smoke Machine', by Ursula 1000 remixed (always so complicated) by Fort Knox Five. Taken from a radio show by the St. Petersburg girl, though not this recent one #357, best in a couple of months.
Sunday. Darker winter days since the corner office block and shopping centre cut down the sunshine angle. Here's a .pdf explaining in detail some fairly intractable problems with renewable energy. A rather depressing interview with a spry old German/British modernist painter. A curious article about a forgotten interwar British scout-like movement. Via the ever-alert Zoe, a bullet-pointy list of 52 facts some Silicon Valley bod who knows Bruce Sterling thinks are quirkily enlightening: 3 or 4 have value.
Saturday. Dear oh dear. Calderdale Council really deserve to have their bottoms spanked. An interesting article which tackles free will, as I've been advocating for many years, from the animal direction, shorn of its theological and anti-theological baggage.
Friday. And the big question: are books becoming longer?
Thursday. French cheeses are under threat, it seems.
Wednesday. Fax machines & printers use secret yellow dots; Russian propaganda channel claims the US can now legally create propaganda for US citizens; + a new encryption method a lot like the one I outlined to Sir John et al a year ago for phones with no metadata.
Tuesday. The Geography Teacher and his krypto-party?
Monday. Getting chilly in more ways than one. Nicely-written article about the dark mistake of interwar antisnobbery.
Sunday. Chat with Mohammad about the stranger things in life. Is Jersey in trouble?
Saturday. Interesting interview with a Republican moderate in Northern Ireland. Mallon is senior in the SDLP movement that (perhaps naively) gave Sinn Fein their current political respectability without ever having used violence themselves. He emerges as dignified and humane.
Friday. Getting dark early, though I suppose December 21st isn't far away. Stephen Wolfram, who can't quite resist mentioning himself a lot, nonetheless writes a careful, well-researched essay about two important Victorians. Feels like he gets close to pinning down the real relationship between mechanical-computer-builder Charles Babbage and Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace (recently rediscovered as possibly the world's first ever computer programmer).
Thursday. Dull weather here in Budapest. A couple of people are urging me to write an in-depth book on gold-digger femme-fatale types. Two others are saying no, don't.
Wednesday. Amusing global-strategist profile: Edward Luttwak.
Tuesday. Woman stabbed at art fair: onlookers think it's an art work.
Monday. A relative oldie from a decade ago, a song which (still) raises the obvious question: what is it actually about? Camille Jones 'Creeps' versions
certainly have in common bits of a visually striking video, a fidgety insistent sound, and the sense it's about something compelling & important ---but what? Insomnia? Nightmares? Ghosts? Being a single woman in New York? Urban angst in general? Feeling addicted to, yet trapped within, The Horror of The Dance Club? // Answers on a postcard, please.
Sunday. Britain's Labour party perhaps losing touch with public opinion in opposition (in chart, DK = Don't Know). Meanwhile here, 3 or 4 days ago kittenish blonde from recently-closed cafe popped up again on far side of town.
Saturday. Interesting map of drone-operating bases within Africa.
Friday. Last night a couple of months of boxed covering came off a large-looking store inside Corvin Plaza, with giant backlit photo of stern-looking mannequin in outdoor clothing from floor to ceiling. Around midnight a girl with a luminous chartreuse jacket was photographing the workmen taking the casing off the big picture. Being dressed for the moment creates moments of its own.
Thursday. Quite intelligent talk-with-whiteboard: how women can acquire magnetic sexual power over men, narrated by a bubbly Slav girl (Bulgarian?) with curves & spectacles. One friend used to call this the Porn Librarian look. A woman talking frankly about the importance of presents: always funny to hear the advice they give each other about us.
Wednesday. Excellently odd film about multi-dimensional time. Like many, I've wondered this: why just one dimension? Cue stolid Russian researchers with touching faith in the maths, who - to tourist-ministry music - are soon deep in the Slav forest dropping metal weights down a tower to measure peturbations in other time dimensions with their instruments. Unmissable.
Tuesday. Coffee & tea with Publisher John.
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