Thursday, 26 April 2007

Undergraduate japes

I've just read the true story of the van on the Senate House roof -- funniest thing I've read for ages. Read it! It's several pages, but worth the time.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Must be Spring

Everyone I know who has a blog seems to have written a new entry in it over the past few days; even those who hadn't written anything for months. Perhaps they had time because of the Easter holiday.

I've started something new too, though in my case it's displacement activity (I'm writing text for a book and I have to deliver it in a couple of weeks' time): I've finally got tired of being an anonymous editor, and have created myself a Wikipedia account. I was stuck for ages on choosing what to call myself. Naming is so hard to get right.

There is a Posy Simmonds cartoon strip about displacement activities called "Nine to Five", an ancient copy of which, cut from a newspaper, I've just located (the search for it was, of course, a displacement activity in itself). I'm just wrestling with my conscience about copyright issues. I'd love to post a scan of it. As far as I know, it's no longer available for purchase or download.

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

I've always ignored because of its silly name (though perhaps as the Managing Director of Little Pink Cloud Ltd I should be less snobbish about such things). Anyway, today I found out that it's useful. So I've started to use it.