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Universal Church of the Interactive Network ‘…To help mankind achieve global consciousness via the medium of the Internet and in doing so make us a viable active member of the universe…’ delivered (almost) daily at (almost) midnight via


I am, according to John Massengale at Veritas et Venustas, a schmuck. Of course I understood this was derogatory, but I was inspired to look it up. Originally, schmuck meant decoration or ornament in German. It’s easy to see how that would become a word for jewelry, but what about the other meaning? In Yiddish […]

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Towel Day – carry your towel with you throughout the day to show your participation and mourning. found via Sparkes at, we’re quits now on the HHGTTG links! delivered (almost) daily at (almost) midnight via


I’ve been sent an apology: Dear Rob, Thanks for your note. I am very, very sorry for the error that meant the email addresses were filed under bcc. I want to offer my profuse apologies. I am very sorry. Gareth

second thoughts

Ok, hang on, my enthusiasm has waned. It doesn’t work with Mozilla: The site you have tried to enter requires Internet Explorer 5 (or better) with Windows Media Player 7 (or better) on Windows XP, 2000, Me or 98. Not only that, but the mail shot that I received had everyone’s address in the CC […]

download for charity

Just received in my e-mail and posted here as an addendum to a conversation I was having with a friend last night. Today is the launch of Oxfam’s music download service – – is now live. Pick from over 300,000 tracks to download – including exclusive downloads from Coldplay, George Michael and Faithless. […]

euston to wolverhampton


latest discoveries:

Green Home Environmental Products reused rubber messenger bags and more GreenPrices: Green energy in the UK ‘…GreenPrices aims at stimulating renewable energy by giving clear information about the market for green energy…’ Big Noise Music mp3 downloads Oxfam backed service – ‘…tracks will cost between 75p and 99p, with 10p going to Oxfam…’ Plants For […]

Vonnegut and Dostoevsky

If the Hitch Hiker’s Guide taught me how to read, then Slaughterhouse 5 taught me what to read. In it one of the characters says, Everything you need to know about life can be found in The Brothers Karamazov; I tried it, he was right. Vonnegut’s interest in Dostoevsky still shows itself in a recent […]