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Entries from December 2004

Free, as in Beer

December 28th, 2004 · 2 Comments

As a big fan of museums, I’m always eager to hear news of how well they’ve been doing since the government scrapped admissions charges. Today it’s been announced that since the charges were scrapped in 2001, visitor numbers have increased by 75%, or 6 million. Considering that it used to be fairly pricey to go [...]

Tags: museum · politics

Jingle Rock Bell

December 27th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Bell rock jingle rock
Bell jingle rock
Rock jingle rock
Bell jingle bell
Rock bell
Rock rock bell
Jingle rock, jingle rock
Bell bell bell
Quite possibly the greatest Christmas song ever – Jingle Rock Bell (Jingle Bell Rock sung using only the words ‘bell’, ‘jingle’ and ‘rock’.

Tags: mefi · music · silly


December 26th, 2004 · No Comments

I was idly flicking through a book someone gave me about hieroglyphics when I decided to look up the Rosetta Stone in the index. I was initially consternated and then outraged when I couldn’t find it – what sorry excuse of a hieroglyphics book was this if it doesn’t have anything about the Rosetta Stone [...]

Tags: adrian · book · silly

The Night Before Launch

December 23rd, 2004 · No Comments

A reworking of ‘The Night Before Christmas’, Syzygy-style.

Tags: arg · perplexcity · silly


December 19th, 2004 · 1 Comment

There’s an advert on TV for I, Robot where a typically breathless voiceover proclaims that in the movie, ‘Will Smith defines excitement’. For some reason I can’t get out of my head the image of Will Smith beginning the movie by reading out the definition for ‘excitement’ from a dictionary.

Tags: ad · silly · tv

A (Brief) Tale of Two Games

December 14th, 2004 · No Comments

In the past couple of weeks I bought Half-Life 2 and Sid Meier’s Pirates!. This is pretty exceptional for me since I can’t actually recall the last time I bought a computer game. After buying a new graphics card for HL2 (the game simply laughed at my pathetic attempt to get it to run on [...]

Tags: games · review


December 12th, 2004 · No Comments

Lots of stuff has been going on with my life lately which I should have mentioned here but just haven’t had time. I was interviewed by the Times a couple of weeks ago in an article on alternate reality games and a pop neuroscience book which I contributed to called Mind Hacks has been released [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · newspaper

A Passage to Bangalore

December 5th, 2004 · 1 Comment

(First part online – other parts being written)
A Passage to India has always been one of my most hated books. Perhaps it’s because we were forced to read it in school. Perhaps it was the way in which our class had to take turns read out aloud the entire damn thing. Or perhaps it’s just [...]

Tags: airport · india · travel