Monthly Archives: April 2010

Do the tea baggers engage in tea bagging?

I really find the American Tea Baggers quite a funny bunch. The entire movement has about all the finesse of a bowel movement. At times when I see interviews with tea baggers on TV I think they’ve left their white sheets and hoods at home, and at other times I think they’re just babbling idiots.… Read More »

Suddenly a lot of life makes sense

Linking to another article, John Gruber over at Daring Fireball referenced a term I’d not heard of before – the Dunning-Kruger Effect. To quote the linked Wikipedia article: The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which “people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to… Read More »

Picketing funerals is a moral outrage

I’ve been aware for some time of the immoral and reprehensible behaviour of the Westboro Baptist Church. Amongst a plethora of other spiteful activities, they regularly picket funerals of dead soldiers and anyone else they think will gain them attention in order to spread their message of hate and vitriol. I even personally attracted the attention… Read More »

i* vs My *

A long time ago, in an operating system still lurking about today, Microsoft started a convention of naming things “My”. “My Computer”, “My Documents and Settings”, “My Music”, etc. I can’t say for certain whether Microsoft got in first with “My*” or whether Apple got in first with “i*”; the iMac was released originally in… Read More »

An argument against internet censorship

There’s been much debate over the proposed internet filter, and a lot of it focuses on whether Senator Conroy’s religious views have inappropriately biased his actions as minister for communications. I believe that it’s more than likely the case this view is correct, but it’s not the heart of the internet filtering argument, and so… Read More »

Things the average anti-iPad review will get wrong

As it’s now been released, there’ll undoubtedly be a swathe of things the average anti-iPad review will get wrong. I’m fully prepared to accept there’ll be legitimate criticism of the device, but there’s also going to be a raft of illegitimate criticism. By illegitimate, I mean illogical, nonsensical, stupid or representative of an outright failure… Read More »