What’s wrong with Médecins Sans Frontières!
Bloody English wiping out every little bit of other interesting history and culture.
“I got married to my rapist”.
“Sixteen, I had six children.”
A marriage licence with the age 11 on it.
What more is there to say to really piss you off?
Usually Harold Wilson’s famous 1963 speech is quoted as something like Britain needed to be forged in the white heat of technology, or technological revolution.
Both of these are wrong.
I think Wikiquote has it right:
“In all our plans for the future, we are re-defining and we are re-stating our Socialism in terms of the scientific revolution. But that revolution cannot become a reality unless we are prepared to make far-reaching changes in economic and social attitudes which permeate our whole system of society. The Britain that is going to be forged in the white heat of this revolution will be no place for restrictive practices or for outdated methods on either side of industry.”
Why rewrite science to technology? Wilson knew about technology, but he chose science. And his audience would have understood the word at that time.
A good and honest short quote for this might be “forged in the white heat of this [scientific] revolution”.
It is a powerful view, given by Wilson, that it is the scientific revolution and the science that drives the world, and enables the technology, and it is the science that should be supported, and certainly not just the technology.
We can only assume that people who misquote are being deliberately mendacious or simply ignorant.
And it is a shame in this world of technology and Web Science that we lose the import of the middle sentence: that we need to be prepared to make far-reaching changes in economic and social attitudes.
Where to start with LinkedIn?
Well this is specific – the Google results.
I want to find someone’s personal or work page, and I put in their name, and get the first half a dozen results of different LinkedIn pages for people with that name (or another!). And none of them give much information if you click on them – they all ask you to sign up to LinkedIn in the hope of actually getting the details you want.
I now have a shortcut:
-site:linkedin.com, which helps a bit – maybe I need to add
-site:facebook.com to it…
And that I would care in any case.
“Empty the contents into a bowl and add half a pint of boiling water. Mix, leave to stand for a few minutes and roll into balls.” ‘Nuff said.
I had been spreading grit and salt with my hand (to keep my glove clean) and thought I would clean it and the bucket with snow. Big mistake.
Picked up a load of clean snow with the same hand. The pain was almost instant, and excruciating. By the time I had got to some clean water to wash it off, I genuinely thought I had damaged by fingers, although the pain was only in my hand, as all the fingers were now completely numb. I could see the skin was not in a good state, and guess that is what frostbite is.
Anyway, although I could feel it for a few days, there seem to have been no longer-term permanent damage.
But bathing my hand in salt solution that might get as low as -17C was clearly rather a Silly Thing.
Now I can’t be pissed off about not having one.
I mean, what is the point?
It could have been 10 am, or 11am, but no, 9am. Just because he has to get up and milk the cows he reckons that we should suffer as well.
Yes they are – especially more!
They really look to rip attendees off by charging more than they would otherwise, but what really pisses me off is that the conference web site then gives you a link, with a special code, so that when you click on it you are identified as the person to be ripped off!
Example: Tonight, an invitation to
4th European Semantic Technology Conference 2010
December 2-3, 2010
The conference website gets me a “special” rate at the conference hotel (Marriot, The Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel) at €120 for a “Guest room, 1 King or 2 Twin/Single” for the night of 3rd December 2010.
Perhaps not too bad, unless you go to the standard Marriot reservation site at http://www.marriott.co.uk. Then you get an offer for the same room for the same night at €103, taxes included, etc..
Yeah, sure, I’m sure there are all sorts of complicated explanations about reserving rooms etc., etc., but in the end it’s a rip-off, and I have seen it so many times it really pisses me off.