Author Archives: Paul

Stupid is as stupid does

Far-right German candidate promises to get rid of Arabic numerals

Otfried Best, who is hoping to become mayor of Völklingen, near the French border, was asked by a member of Die Partei, a satirical party, during a debate earlier this week what he thought of Arabic numerals used in the town, Stern magazine reported.

The audience cheered and laughed, but Stern reported that Best gave a serious answer: “You just wait until I am mayor. I will change that. Then there will be normal numbers.”The audience cheered and laughed, but Stern reported that Best gave a serious answer: “You just wait until I am mayor. I will change that. Then there will be normal numbers.”

I laughed.

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Quote of the Day: On Brexit and obscuring issues

If you’re in a city that is losing people, and it’s still hard to find an affordable flat, then maybe the structure of the housing market needs to be shaken up. If you’re not competing with as many other jobseekers as 20 years ago, and yet there are still no jobs, then maybe the problem is industrial decline. If you feel your culture is under threat, and the communities are segregated, then maybe you’ve lost the open-minded, mobile young people who might have bridged that gap in the past. And if every young person is moving to London, then maybe the problem is the UK’s centralisation of jobs and resources in a single, greenbelt-locked city.

Julia Rampen

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Quote of the Day: You’re all suckers

A guy basically went mad, right there on the stage in front of you, and you cheered and booed right on cue because you’re sheep and because he directed his insanity at all the scapegoats that your favorite radio and TV personalities have been creating for you over the past three decades.

— Charles P. Pierce addresses the people who waited for hours in 105-degree (Fahrenheit) heat to listen to Trump vent his spleen.

Via Pharyngula

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Digital dufferdom

I have to admit that, when I heard that Nokia was planning to re-enter the smartphone market I was more than a little interested. And the Nokia 8 does sound very appealing — stock Android, frequent updates and all from a company that, for all its managerial missteps, has always been very good at engineering.

And then I saw this quote from Pekka Rantala who has the job of reviving the brand:

The phones resonate well with older generations – we’re not excluding them.

I have the horrible feeling that they know me too well.

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Telephone and Rubber Band

I first encountered The Penguin Cafe Orchestra decades ago, when The South Bank Show was still a thing. The show started with Bean Fields and by the time they played Telephone and Rubber Band I was hooked. So much so that I spent the next few weeks accumulating as much Penguin Cafe Vinyl as I could. And for a band I hadn’t heard before, there was a surprisingly sufficient amount out there.

I used to love browsing record shops.

So here it is, Telephone and Rubber Band.

I have no idea who decided to attach the Metropolis visuals, but it does work remarkable well.

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