A ‘boy racer’ car jammed with kids bra-a-a-atted past a while back, in apparent disregard of traffic rules, speed limits or other motorists, giving me pause to think about what happens inside the minds of teenage drivers, other than the dull buzzing sound some gadgets make when not under load. Put one of these inexperienced kids behind… More What is it about ‘boy racer’ thrill-seekers?
A while ago I found myself glancing at a copy of Fay Weldon’s Letters To Alice on first reading Jane Austen (1984) and wondering if such a book could ever be published today, mainstream. Call it meta-literature; a book by a writer thinking about someone’s response to another writer’s book. Which makes this post meta-meta literature,… More Thoughts about Shakespeare spurred by Fay Weldon’s ‘Letters to Alice On First Reading Jane Austen’
In these days of cellphones and social media our landline barely rings. Cool. But when it does, nine times out of ten it’s someone with a strong accent, further clipped with VOIP distortion, purporting to be from Microsoft. Yup, these barely intelligible strangers insist they have detected a virus on my computer. Of course they want to help me fix… More A small but justifiable rant about international computer phone scammers
A few days ago I belatedly joined approximately 1.2 billion other people – more than one in seven of the world’s entire population – on Facebook. I’ve had reasons to be laggard. Only one is time. I set up a Facebook placeholder do-nothing page in 2013, to protect my name – but my main leeriness with actively engaging… More ‘If it’s free, you’re the product’ – and what that means for Facebook
I miss my future. When I was a kid, 21st-century food was going to be pre-packaged space pap. We would all, inevitably, be eating paste out of tubes. It was futuristic. It was progress. Today? We’re in that future. And I still cook fresh veggies and steak. Some of it from the garden (the veggies,… More I miss my future. It’s been taken from me.
I have never quite understood why Friday 13th is viewed with such foreboding. From the science perspective it’s no different from any other day. The Earth revolves on its axis, creating the illusion of the sun rising and falling – but one revolution, surely, isn’t any different from another. Arbitrary dates and divisions we make up… More Black Friday, paraskevidekatriaphobia, and the origin of OMG
Why are we told blondes are dumb? Or have more fun? Or are preferred, as Anita Loos once said, ‘by gentlemen’? Why, indeed, are people generally barraged with stereotypes about body shape, form or looks? Or attributed behaviours that are supposed to follow a particular physical characteristic? There is no actual truth to any of… More Why are we told blondes are dumb?