Friday, December 31, 2010

Tag! You're it...

I've been tagged by JuliaM in old school meme fashion (for more recent meme-age see here) to give an insight into where I do my blogging from.

Unlike the other bloggers revealing themselves so far, I actually do the majority of my blogging at work. There are two main reasons for this:
1. I have two small children, and when they are awake there is no time, and when they are asleep I have neither the will nor the energy.
2. My job provides periods of insane busyness followed by quieter times. Often I formulate a post in my head, and the actual posting bit is done at work. I may also experiment with my new iPhone, but typing a whole post on a touchscreen is I suspect a little tedious.

So, for obvious reasons no picture will be forthcoming.

I have four computer screens, and I use the right-hand one when I blog as my boss sits to my right and he cannot see this one! My desk is relatively tidy, with various work-related papers lying around. Invariably there is an empty coffee cup and a large quantity of empty water bottles. In the recent Xmas season there have been boxes of chocolates all over the shop, helping to maintain a constant feeling of mild nausea, as I have no self-control.

So there you have it!

I tag Anna Raccoon, Leg-Iron and, to go a little further afield, Hyperbole and a Half to show their blogging world to us.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

I am Pornacus

This amazing piece of illiberal bullshit has already been beaten within an inch of its sorry life here, here, here, here and here.

So I won't go over the ins and outs, as it were (hur hur), or depriving adults of the right to look at whatever they want to look at, in the name of thinking of the cheeeeldren.

However, the question of what will constitute porn is an interesting one, and it occured to me that a tricky challenge for the Government would be if every website were to include one "pornographic" image, starting with bloggers putting one on their blog. It strikes me that there would be some interesting freedom of speech issues created, not that the Government give a shit about that.

Hence, the title of the post. I had "I am Spurtacus" initially but Pornacus sounds to me like he could have been around in Roman times, selling carved images of "Senators' Wives" from inside his toga.

So here it is. Pretty mild really, but I suspect it would be enough.

Does this now categorise my site as adult?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Seagulls following the trawler

Cantona has taken a break from shrugging, having a cool beard and "philosophising" to propose an audacious attempt to destabilise the banks.

You know what, part of me wants this to work. Especially when the French Finance Minister and the head of the useless BNP Paribas are saying that state bank bailouts did not "cost the taxpayer anything." I mean, how cretinously stupid do they think people are (not sure they're wrong mind, but would be nice if they attempted to hide it).

I'm sick and tired of money being poured into a failed experiment (the Euro/Eurozone), and I'm sick and tired of the banks being helped over and over again, to the detriment of everyone else. I was against the bailouts at the start, and I'm against them now. Moral hazard is now everywhere, and we have the ridiculous situation where Allied Irish Bank bondholders are threatening to sue if they take a haircut on their investments. They're right to do so in one sense, but the Government and EU have created a situation where bondholders who have basically taken state money are going to sue the same state, for fuck's sake.

It's got to stop. I always thought Cantona was about as much of a philosopher as Les Dennis, but it appears I may have misunderestimated him.