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Category archive: Links

Wednesday April 17 2019

Yes, telling you about how I’ve been in France.

So. where was I?  In France?  Well, to give you an idea, here are some of the excellent places I visited:

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Whenever I am in foreign parts, I always photo signs, adverts, and the like.  Every place has its own style for doing such things, so signage photos can be very evocative, when you look back at them.  Also, they tell you where you were, and hence what all the other photos taken at the same time were of.

Click on the above photo-fragments to get some context.  If you are curious about any of these places, well, you now have the words you need to go searching.  Words are already links, in the sense that you don’t need me to turn them into links.

I especially like how, when you leave a French town or village, you get a sign with the name crossed through with a red line (2.3).

I also photo war memorials, keeping a particular eye open for repeated surnames.  In Lagrasse (3.1), Baillat, Fontvieille and Jougla are surnames that each get two mentions.

I also like to photo the stuff in tourist shops, especially the postcards (1.1 and 3.2).  That way, you get what tourists generally consider to be the best views, and are alerted to interesting local things which you otherwise might miss even learning about.  Although, in St Cyprien, I got a bit of aggro from a couple shopkeepers who objected to me photoing their produce instead of buying it.

Sunday January 20 2019

... but it ended up there.

This posting included the fact that I am out and about this evening, so here, today, that’s your lot.

Friday January 04 2019

Or maybe that should be: How Twitter rots the brain.

Instapundit is a daily destination for me, and yesterday, there’s a posting about a piece at Quillette by Cathy Young about Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

So I read that, and am impressed.  Solzhenitsyn was a hero of mine when I was at school and university, and like Young, I was puzzled by his subsequent opposition to Western liberalism and fondness for Russian nationalism, along with all the nasty baggage that is liable to bring with it, like anti-Semitism.

At the bottom of the Cathy Young article is the suggestion that I should consider following Cathy Young at Twitter.  I do so.  I scroll down, and soon find myself smiling at otter jokes, all the otter jokes being based on the fact that “otter” is only one letter away from “other”.  Significant otters.  In otter news.  (Yes, Happy New Year again.)

And: Why did the otters cross the road?  To get to the otter side.

This didn’t take long at all.

Saturday December 22 2018

So now, it’s five Samizdata postings by me in the last five days.  And the last two (this one. and, posted moments ago, this one) were done the following morning.  Hurrah for backdating.

And hurrah for me backdating this one also.

The way I see it, the day ends when I go to bed.

I note that the Radio Times, one of my favourite publications, follows the same rule.

Wednesday December 19 2018

Well how about that!?!?  You wait months for a Brian Micklethwait posting on Samizdata, and then two come along.  This one, and this one, in the space of two days!!

The theme of the most recent posting, today’s, is that when it comes to architecture, I like both the modern style and the fake-antique style, and especially when they sit right next to each other.

Like this, for instance:

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That was taken in the vicinity of Victoria Station.

The reason I bang on more about architectural modernity here is that I know more about it, and it keeps changing so very interestingly, and for all sorts of other reasons I am too tired to remember just now.  But I like antiquity also, even if it is being faked.

Tuesday December 18 2018

Today I continued with chucking stuff out, including these sixty or so coathangers, which have been accumulating in my clothes cupboard, for no reason other than they seemed like they might one day come in handy.  For a sculpture perhaps?  But I’m not a sculptor.:

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I say chucking out.  These coathangers are still in my living room.  But, they are in a black plastic bin bag and ready to go.  So, nearly.

That’s it for here today.  But I did manage a posting at Samizdata, after what I suspect may have been my longest gap there since I started in 2002.  This posting started out as something for here, but then I thought: no, there.  I really want to do more for Samizdata.  I know I keep saying that, but I do.  Thank goodness for Natalie Solent, who seems to be responsible for well over half the Samizdata output these days.  Here’s hoping I can alter that ratio a bit.

Saturday September 08 2018

This morning, I was half attending to the Test Match. And I was switching back and forth between the Cricinfo page that showed the latest few deliveries with written ball-by-ball commentary ("live"), and the version that showed the complete England scorecard ("scorecard").  I was doing this because I was trying to track how the England stand in progress, being accomplished by Jos Buttler and Stuart Broad, compared to other stands in the innings, and also how Buttler’s personal score compared to other personal scores in the England innings.  In the end, the Buttler/Broad stand was the biggest in the England innings, and Buttler was the top individual England scorer.  Following a terrible evening yesterday, England had a very good morning this morning.

But this is not a posting only about cricket, it is mostly a posting about internet advertising, and about what I suspect is deliberate deception in the matter of how effective internet advertising actually is.

I know, I know, if I’m not paying, I’m not watching the product; I am the product.  But I suspect that I, the product, am being lied about.

Every time I performed one of the above switches, from the “live” version of the Cricinfo test match page to the “scorecard” version, a noisy video advert cranked itself up at my new destination.  Silencing such video adverts can be difficult.  You tell them to shut up but they just ignore you and carry on shouting, like they own the site, which they sort of do.  However, I have discovered a way to silence these adverts.  Click on them, and immediately close the window that this click opens.  The advert feels that its job is done, and it stops shouting.  Its job is to get “clicks” to whatever the hell it was advertising.

But what were my clicks?  Were they attempts to learn more about the product in question.  No.  They were simply me getting the advert to shut the hell up.  I paid no attention to the adverts.

How many others have discovered this trick?  I can’t be the only one.  So, you stick your annoying advert on a popular website.  People click on the advert, close the window as soon as it opens, but the people who placed this advert assure the purveyor of the product that the advert got “attention”, from me and all the others who clicked purely to shut the advert up.  Because, look how many people clicked on the noisy bloody advert!  I did it half a dozen times for several different adverts, every time I switched from one version of that Cricinfo page to the other, which I did a lot.  That’s a lot of attention!

No it isn’t.  It is a small amount of contempt, for bad-mannered tradesmen shouting at me in my kitchen.

What’s that you say?  I’m a libertarian?  Yes I am.  So, why am I complaining about capitalism?

Try reading my piece for Samizdata entitled ”The overheating Samsung S24F356 – and thoughts about why there are so many complaints about capitalism”.

That link there hasn’t been shouting at you all the time you’ve been reading this posting.  This is a link with manners.  You can follow this link, in silence.  Or you can ignore it, in silence.  You are welcome.

Tuesday May 01 2018

... but something there.

Nothing here today
I need a link dump
A picture of a not missing cat and the link to the story
Me on Twitter and Facebook
Something elsewhere
A Nelson photo of mine finds a new home
Aug ‘17 OSB11: Bad titles and a good title
Aug ‘17 OSB8: More tech
Aug ‘17 OSB7: 3D Printing is non-disruptive
August 2017 Old School Blogging (5): Ex-Googler James Damore
August 2017 Old School Blogging (1): The Plan
The same piece quotulated twice
A new British canal
Me elsewhere (on targetted advertising)
Scott Adams tries to outwit the shadow banners with kitten-tweets
Punched in the face by comedy
Softening the brutalities of brutalism with colour
Men on Gherkin
Something there
A piece about people who are F4BF 4 Samizdata
Nothing (apart from this) here today
Some more lighthouses for 6k
Snake on a car
Coastline politics at Samizdata
How Brexit has unified the Conservative Party
Two bits for Samizdata and a weird bridge in Poole
Ambtious plans for driverless flying cars
Memo to self about not letting blog postings get out of hand inside my head …
Snohetta does zig zag roofs for competitive cities
Why I am a point-and-shoot photographer rather than a Real Photographer
Something at Samizdata
The River Thames carpet
Guardian online is a group blog that trolls its own readers
Art has its uses – but where did it have its uses this time – and what is it?
“In order to comply with Google’s regulations …”
A quota post (with a quota link to a post about a post about a quota photo) and another quota photo
When you are old you tend to assume that confusion is your fault even if actually it is not
Happy Old Year
Sperm Bike
The Heron Tower restaurant
I’ve just been quotulated
You can achieve everything you want if you’re unambitious enough
Emmanuel Todd links
Better a year late than never
On how being linked to enables you to tell your story as you wish and why long titles are good
BrianMicklethwaitDotCom has been seen elsewhere!
Dream and reality in Mumbai
Beware the Men In Orange!
Lighter blogging here but not none
Freedom Tower and Gary Johnson at Samizdata
Big Things and small things
Less (here) is more (at Samizdata)
How to immobilise a cat
Natalie Solent at Biased BBC
A Good Old Day at Samizdata
Friday link dump
Ireland beating England in Dublin
On the rise of Bishop Hill
Emmanuel Todd quoted and Instalanched
Transport redirect
Yet more redirection
More redirection
Mmmmmm … Asian skyscrapers!
Another link enema
A blog posting linking to a science article
St Matthew reinterpreted
Links to this and that
Ten thoughts about the Pakistan cricket corruption story
Farnborough redirect
Natalie links back
Making those Big Statements one slice at a time
Cats and bridges on Pixdaus
Climategate and a blurry and artificially lit roundabout
Four recent bits by me at Samizdata
A great Johnathan Pearce Britain-can-dump-the-EU blog posting - and the value of informative titles
Link to a list of peer-reviewed papers supporting skepticism of “man-made” global warming
Climbing aboard Samizdata
Antoine Clarke talks about Facebook and Twitter – Guido and … Ian Geldard?
Environmental
Two Samizdata pieces
Quota posting
UK libertarian bloggers 2.0
Spelling Micklethwait wrong and Googling for Brian Micklethwaite
Hail Guido
At Samizdata: cricket - crime - Kevin Dowd quote
James Tyler’s speech at Policy Exchange
A question about double inverted commas in OpenOffice.org Writer
Unamazing photo of amazing road
TARP stuff - and a trip to Sheffield
Billion Monkeys liked photoing the nastiest poster!
Link to Samizdata piece about arguments from incredulity
More random links
Nothing today but link to Samizdata
Random links
Samizdata piece about caring for Mum
New addition to blogroll
Blogging elsewhere and talks elsewhere
Redirect to a piece on Samizdata about a camera
Will Wilkinson
Strange weather
I’m not nearly grand enough to ignore this
Linkable Lefever
Today I have been blogging elsewhere and also doing other things
Me elsewhere
Educating Small Boy and Smart Boy
Posting with Jesus at the far end of the Kings Road
The space between the buildings
I listened to both of them at the same time!
Links to me elsewhere – and a photo of Marc-Henri Glendening
Che Guevara was a murderer and your T-Shirt is not cool
An education link
A squinting cat and a master ephemerist
Links and guns
Further pictorial shallowness
At the dogs
Splog is the new splig
Lots of links
The double thank-you moment
White Man’s Poison?
“What you like learning about is probably what you like to do”
Cricket blogging by me elsewhere
Tall chess men and tall buildings in the evening
It’s only a Billion Monkeys if you count mobile phones (and then it’s far more)
Svensmark – for and against
Norman interested – Harry has some wildness in his genealogy
New York Times links - owned genes
Dissenting Muslims
Everyone in the world is not like me
Two photos elsewhere
Links I like
When everything is copyable
Samizdata cranks it out
Greatest hits – good idea
Foreigners on film
Classical music Natalie
Namesake
Chinamen playing cricket
Banana phone
Another Natalie
Car wreck Natalie
How links have weakened the mainstream media
Reading and writing for the www are the same
What is a squarry?
Housekeeping
A little networking
Links