Jun. 10th, 2010

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Another rainy day, which makes for a slow commute in. At least it gives me a chance to make a dent in my current podcast backlog, so it is not all bad.

I had an odd call, followed by email, from a recruitment consultant yesterday - the first in a couple of years. He asked if I was fed up with the commute to Leeds, but then sent me details of a job in Worksop which is actually more awkward to get to and not much closer. It was also for a firm of 'Global Security Consultants' which sounds faintly sinister, like something that the baddies out of the Bourne films would put in their fake passports. Hmmmm. Don't think I'll be following this one up, unless I really do get to be a international spy of some sort.

I've not been playing much Animal Crossing lately, due to a combination of Pacific Northwest horror and Wild West flavoured exploration. Oddly enough, my main activities in Red Dead Redemption seem to be collecting flowers, looking for rare creatures and digging up treasures which is almost exactly what I spend my time doing in Animal Crossing. Anyhoo, thanks to the magic of teh internets I co-ordinated a visit to my town from Mexico Will (who really does live in Mexico) and paid him a quick return call to swap fruit and deliver a letter. Great fun, and I shall make a point of opening my town gates more often if anybody else wants to play (Nancy? Stephanie?). Add Satsuma in Pogwood with a friend code of 3910-7665-5168 - just don't be surprised if your town residents pick up some unusual catchphrases.

In Big Brother news, I really enjoyed the Big Brother launch last night, so much so that I barely tweeted about it whilst it was on. I've not got my head around the names yet, but the disabled squaddie looks like a strong contender to make it to the end. The average age of the housemates is higher than before, and it seems that none of them are playing the "I'm amusingly thick, me!" card this year, which is a relief. The only one who really irritates me so far on first impressions is the funky monk and I think he's a safe bet for an early eviction. Good stuff.
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  • Thoroughly Modern Mary - As repellent as I find the behaviour of their priests, the iconography of the Catholic church is a bizarre, mawkish, contradictory and fascinating thing, particularly in the subject of Mary. There are only a handful of sentences in the bible concerning Mary, and yet a whole complex mythology has been spun out of them including the doctrine of the immaculate conception, Mary's role as intercessor and the conflicting images of the sinless young virgin with blonde hair and blue eyes (rather unlikely in first century Palestine!) and the mother, goddess figure as well. This is the first episode of a short series examining these beliefs and well worth a listen, if only for the notable achievement of featuring interviews from Anne Widdicombe and Richard Dawkins in the same 15 minute programme.
  • As It Occurs to ... Tiny Andrew Collings ??!??! Anyone would think that Richard Herring was making this up as he goes along, or something ...
  • Guardian Tech Weekly - Fascinating interview with Conrad Wolfram this week, with Tom Watson MP championing the cause of making government databases available for public use and scrutiny.
  • So Wrong It's Right - One of the better Radio 4 panel shows at the moment, always enjoyable when Charlie Brooker gets to argue with the guests about something that gets his goat.
  • Coverville : Who did it better? - Two takes on 'Love Vigilantes' by New Order, and I have to confess that this is the first time that I have actually listened to the words of this rather excellent song.


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