Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hey, hey, hey! We thought you're a radical atheist! What's this now with Merry Christmas?

Slow down my dears... Despite the rumours you might have heard, even radical atheists can be polite, well mannered, and considerate of others. Even those others who have chose to live their lives in a state of delusion, filled with angels, demons, and ghost - maybe even ghosts of Christmases past.

So, while I still want nothing to do with, and could not care less for, any sort of Christian malarkey, I have absolutely no problem to wish anyone who does a very merry Christmas, and generally everything that goes with it. My wishes may also include one for my dear friends to rid themselves of the religious malaise, but I am wont to keep that one silent. At least for Christmas. There's plenty other days in a year when I can try my wicked ways with them, and their problems.

So, my dearest dears, the ones, at least who care about Christmas, have the happiest one ever! Just don't come complaining to me when St Nicholas turns not to be the one he claims he is. Not to mention he may even be a she.

Have fun!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Religious Crutch

Recently, I lamented the fact that I have not yet written about religion as a crutch, a device to prop up those who cannot face the world as it is. And look: the very next post is growing into just such a critique...

Beer: Christmas Ale

For as long as I've been drinking real ales, UK brewers went our of their ways to create special Christmas recipes...

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Business: Delayed

A delayed business-related post...

Language Of Thought

As if by coincidence, The Economist is hosting a debate about whether language we speak influences the way we think only a very short time after I finished reading Steven Pinker's The Stuff Of Thought.

As you may have noticed, I like the book very much. I have found it challenging, thought provoking, and ultimately enlightening. Having read it I could not but agree with Pinker's rejection of the hypothesis that language influences, even determines, the way we think.

Food: Deception Point

When I saw the headline for this titbit I was jawdroppingly surprised...

Monday, 20 December 2010

NEWT'd: Folding@Home

No, this one is not about that venerable distributed computing project...

Rather, I have decided that the right thing to do for NEWT'd is to fold it into my main blog Grey Noughts. I still expect to be posting NETW'd-like notes, only I'll do it alongside the longer musings over at the Grey Noughts. It just didn't make much sense posting to two different places, plus, for some reason, Google consistently refuses to index NEWT'd. You should be able to immediately tell the posts apart as I will strive to keep the two formats as they are: NEWT'd exactly like this one (and no photos in 99.9% of the cases), and Grey Noughts will be longer, and with at least one photo at top left. I also intend to keep posting frequency (substantially) the same.

So, until I see you all over at the Grey Noughts, keep well...

Friday, 17 December 2010

Needs And Musts

If you haven't noticed that my writings here tend to vary in quality (probably a lot), I have.

As you can imagine, I am not quite happy that this is so. Who would be? After all, any normal person strives to do what they do in the best possible way - especially when they're allegedly doing it for themselves.

So, what can be done about this?

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Norwegian Wood v Dubai Gold

As some of you may have noticed I've spent most of last week in Dubai. Or so I thought before I got there. Yes, we knew the hotel was not going to be in Dubai proper, but little did we expect it to be more than 100km away from it. Still, it was a very nice hotel to be in (apparently most Dubai hotels are). But that's not what I want to talk about...

What I do want to talk about is Norway, really. Or rather, how Norway and Dubai are at the same time very much the same, and very, very different.