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Entries from May 2008

Defending the Library of Google

May 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

In the current issue of The New York Review of Books, Robert Darnton, Director of the University Library at Harvard, writes about Google’s efforts to digitise the world’s books and create a new universal library. For the most part, the article is really very well-written and enlightening.
However, when comes around to criticising Google Book Search [...]

Tags: book · future · google · tech · writing

Hay Festival 21

May 27th, 2008 · 7 Comments

A couple of days after we’d arrived at Hay-on-Wye for the book festival, something in my brain clicked and the whole event made sense for me. The Hay Festival – 11 days of talks by authors from around the world – is a glimpse of the future, a future run by old people. I don’t [...]

Tags: adrian · book · conference

Bill Murray

May 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

I always found it a little odd how Bill Murray seemed to be so dismissive of Ghostbusters, and more recently, Groundhog Day. When I watched them properly a few years ago (i.e. when I was an adult and could understand all the jokes), I wondered what his problem was. As I saw some of his [...]

Tags: silly · tv · video

Meeting Room Yield Management

May 19th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Six to Start is based in a large building containing dozens of managed and serviced offices. On the way to the shared kitchen at work, I noticed two empty meeting rooms. It occurred to me that, just like an empty seat on a plane, an empty meeting room is lost cash. Sure, there is a [...]

Tags: economics · future · spec · web

Flatmate wanted in Clapham Common

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

My flatmate is moving out in a couple of months to go to new pastures, so it’s time for me to find another flatmate. I’m going to put an ad in various places shortly, but I figure it wouldn’t hurt to post something here as well – clearly anyone reading this blog will have good [...]

Tags: adrian · london

Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction

May 9th, 2008 · 9 Comments

I took the afternoon off today to attend a symposium on Science Fiction as a Literary Genre at Gresham College. However, the main reason I went was because Neal Stephenson (author of Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, Quicksilver, etc) was the keynote speaker. Aside from being one of my favourite science fiction authors, Neal is also an [...]

Tags: adrian · book · film · sf · tv

Life on Mars: 2041

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I finished watching Life on Mars a few weeks ago, and have become mildly obsessed with it. This tends to happen with any good book, TV show or movie that I see – I end up wanting to use elements in games or other projects, until the next shiny thing comes along.
After a few beers [...]

Tags: adrian · future · silly · tv