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Posted By tom On December 11, 2008 @ 11:10 am In Uncategorized | No Comments

While I’m waiting for a Christmas Pudding to be delivered (no, really), a few tabs to be closed from this morning, and a couple of random observations.

For those of you not following [1] Stephen Fry on Twitter (and why not?), [2] here’s an example of what you’re missing. The great man had to purchase a Sony Vaio laptop in order to test smartphones. Or something. Anyway, he had a similar experience to the one I remarked upon on these pages a year or so ago:

(actually, having looked at it again, I really can’t reprint any of it here. You’ll have to trust that I’m not spamming you and take a look at the record. It’s not particularly safe for work. Unless you work in a rather sweary environment, or at home)

Elsewhere, the [3] real reason David Tennant is ducking out of Hamlet for a few weeks. And I thought Stephen Fry had it bad, at least no-one’s trying to kill him.

[4] Neil points out the burning question of the day. [5] Why aren’t writers aren’t being bailed out by the Government? Good question. Everyone else seems to be getting a handout, whether they’re overinflated banks, the car industry, or the defence sector (no, hang on, that’s been going on for years. Sorry). Why not writers? Or why not any sector of the economy? What’s sauce for the goose, as they say.

While on the subject, this was on [6] BoingBoing a day or so ago. Marvellous. At least if we’re not being bailed out, we’ve still got the moral high ground.

And this is unbelievable. Just unbelievable. A teacher in Austin [7] demonstrates the extent to which corporate America has brainwashed the country:

…observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence [sic] with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization.

Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.

These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.

Read the rest of the exchange [8] here, and sit back and shake your head.

On a completely unrelated note – where’s my Christmas Pudding, dammit! I’ve got things to do today.

Right, where was I? Pudding. No, that can’t be it. Shopping, no that’s sort of mostly done. Mostly as in started, and sort of as in not finished yet. Tree? that’s up and decorated. Cards? Bought but not written. [9] Sark election results? Off for a recount, as the 28th seat was apparently too close to call (that wasn’t completely random – I have a friend standing in the Sark elections, although as he hasn’t been blacklisted by the Barclay twins, it’s impossible to know whether he’s a reformer, or just keeping his head down, either way, I’m watching the results like a miniature Peter Snow).

Back to work. That was probably it.

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URLs in this post:
[1] Stephen Fry: http://www.stephenfry.com/
[2] here’s an example: http://gizmodo.com/5103966/the-unflappable-stephen-fry-becomes-quite-flapped-over-vista
[3] real reason David Tennant is ducking out of Hamlet: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/11/actor-slits-throat
[4] Neil: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/
[5] Why aren’t writers aren’t being bailed out by the Government?: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/books/review/Greenberg-t.html?_r=3
[6] BoingBoing: http://www.boingboing.net/
[7] demonstrates the extent: http://austinist.com/2008/12/10/aisd_teacher_throws_fit_over_studen.php
[8] here: http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2008/12/linux-stop-holding-our-kids-back.html
[9] Sark election results?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sark_general_election,_2008

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