mini-nukes and isolationism

For goodness sake. Bush wants to lift a ban on developing “mini-nukes” (nuclear weapons only a third the size of the Hiroshima bomb…). There’s a rather obvious contradiction here, as has been pointed out: Representative Ellen Tauscher, a California Democrat, blasted the […]

SMS essay

On Kairosnews I found a link to an article about a girl whose teacher couldn’t understand an essay she turned in in SMS language. The guys at Kairos find this pretty intriguing, and I have to agree. Here’s an excerpt: The girl’s […]

what’s the world come to?

Scott’s description of American breakfast television’s matter-of-fact discussion of The Uses of Terror is chilling. I’m scared.


Something’s wrong with my CSS, so the title overlaps the text in Netscape browsers (thanks to the people who’ve alerted me to this!) I promise I’ll fix it but it won’t be for a few days – I have to finish this […]

political games

I’m working on a thesis chapter about those Flash games that popped up after September 11, the ones where you maim Bin Laden or attempt to rescue the WTC from terrorists. I presented a short piece on this in October 2001 (my […]

hypertext weblogs

I just found Scott Rettberg’s blog! Scott headed the Electronic Literature Organisation for a while, and did a tremendous job in that. He’s also one of the members of The Unknown, a band of writers who wrote an amazing, rambling hypertextual roadmovie-story […]

unfortunately impermanent

Judy Horacek’s topic of the month is No War, and there are some excellent cartoons in there. My favourite is this fantasy of John Howard thinking he’s having visions of peace signs. If only… [Image used with Judy Horacek’s permission. You can […]

1 kr for the box, 100 for the shipping

I just signed up for a 1 kroner trial “ebox” (what a nothing-meaning name, huh?) which is one of those gizmos you plug in and henceforth can control every piece of electrical equiptment in your house through the internet. The info is […]


Yesterday I was fiddling with colours, toying with stylesheets and thinking to myself how much easier it is to refurbish a blog than to, say, paint my kitchen. Then I started counting the hours I’ve spent learning MoveableType, adapting templates, rebuilding stylesheets, […]