Wow

Spent more than 36 hours in the continuous company of Richard this weekend. I agree with him that my blog is not the place for details of a relationship, but suffice to say I like him very much indeed :-) Other things I did this weekend: er, nothing. And I don't mind! However, Chez and Ben have been having a long argument in the comments of my Hutton report whitewash entry which is worth a read...
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Fair trade?

(from the blitz list, #1 of many) Timothy asked: Can someone explain why everyone is jumping up and down about wanting this fair trade stuff? You always read articles talking about how coffee market prices are so low that all these farmers end up selling the coffee for less than it costs to grow it. They imply that somehow this state of affairs is the fault of the developed consumer countries and that we should feel guilty about this and buy the more expensive "fair trade cofee". But presumably this means that some coffee growers can afford to sell at this market price - or else the price would never get this low - and the others should quit making coffee and go do something else? Or is there actually some way that the evil starbucks & co manage to force all the growers to sell for below their cost price? The students of edinburgh university recently voted by a very high margin to make edinburgh the UK's first fair trade university that will only sell fair trade drinks and food in its outlets...
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Nuff said.

Nuff said.
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Fox News are craaaaaazy

So a few days I recommended to Richard a list of news sources to get a better picture of the political climate. In the interests of being fair and balancedâ„¢, the list I suggested was: BBC News (mildly leftist) CNN (mildly right-wing) Guardian (slightly more leftist) The Times (slight more right-wing) IndyMedia (craaaazy leftists) Fox News (craaaazy right-wingers) Today Richard sent me a link that made me realise that Fox News is even more ridiculous than I thought. Jesus, is that supposed to be fair and balanced? That guy even looks evil! Is he Cheney's younger brother or something?
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Grrrrrrrr...

My rackin'-frackin' good-fer-nothin' hosting company suffered a server meltdown, and lost a load of data, without warning or explanation... grrr! The database content is still there, so this site and most of the MT blogs I'm hosting have recovered OK, but mynciboi has lost its most recent pictures and there are a few other things that may be wonky. Sorry about that everybody. Not my fault! Since somebody asked, the current list of MT blogs is (in order of founding): FreeTrinidad MynciBoi The Pink Blog (now a sabbatical officer at the University of Warwick! Congrats!) Mikey Giles (though he never uses it...) Planet CH (soon to have its own domain name)
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Which America-hating minority are you?

According to this site that Colin sent me: I am an IntellectualWhich America Hating Minority Are You?
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I love Apple trailers

Everything I know about upcoming movies I know from downloading two-minute clips from Apple's quicktime trailers site. And trailer-editing is an unsung art: even though a large number of the movies are clearly bombs or not to my taste, it's hard to find a trailer there that isn't entertaining in and of itself. This probably says bad, bad things about my attention span. Nevertheless, taking the practice of judging a book by its cover to the logical extreme, I prevent my reviews, in five words or less, of a selection of upcoming movies. And no, I didn't watch all of these tonight; that would have taken hours... Club Dread Big-budget weekend at Bernie's. Scooby Doo 2 Do the Doo. Van Helsing Wolverine fights the vampires. Yummy. Boundin' It's Pixar. It must rock. Garfield Inevitable franchise deal. Cheaper by the Dozen Young superman's movie debut. Crap. Catch that Kid Spy Kids clone. Crap. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights There was no need. The Incredibles More joy from...
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Heterophobia: tit for tat?

So today, I had the same sentiment expressed to me by two very good friends, from completely different points of view. The first was in response to my long-standing habit of mentally classifying people I like as "gay", regardless of their sexual orientation, because I don't like straight people, so therefore people I like cannot be straight: All I'm asking is that you accept that I am one of your best friends, who happens to be straight. Not one of your best friends who can't be straight because all straight people are shit so there for as to fit into some gay-but-not-lesbian-but-still-a-girl category. Being straight is as integral to me and my life as being gay is to you and yours. Just because some straight people have been shit to you (and no I don't know what you've gone through nor how it has affected you) does not mean we all are, in fact many of us are reasonable and worth while human beings (admitedly some of us aren't but then again I've met some gay guys and lesbians who aren't...
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Sure, I could have made it look like me...

But that would have been no fun at all. Create your own South Park character! And yes, I nicked this idea from Dan who may have nicked it from Matt.
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Dear god that's beautiful. I love DeviantART (thanks again Steve; when are you coming to London...

Dear god that's beautiful. I love DeviantART (thanks again Steve; when are you coming to London already?)
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I think I'm going to respond to them all like this

On 17 February 2004, Simeon Douglas wrote: Hi, My name is Simeon Douglas a citizen of South Africa but we base in Nigeria. I am the first son of the Late former President of Nigeria. Before my Late fathers death, he left the sum of $1,500,000 US Dollars in in a coded bank account here in Nigeria. And right now my family members don't know about the money. except me and the bank manager. And I don't want my father's money to waiste just like that in the bank. So on this ground the Bank manager and some other officials of the Bank who wants to approve the Transfer of the money are demanding $6000 US Dollars to to prepare documents for the legalisation of the Transaction. Because I am already making arrangements with the Bank manager. All I am just seeking from You right now is to join me in raising the money for the legalisation of the documents of the transfer of the money, And they also want me to get a trust worthy person abroad who will provide an account to receive the money. So that there will...
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This is me

By far the most scarily accurate personality test I've ever done, it describes exactly how I work and the problems I have when working, in particular spending far too much time trying to categorize and work out problems methodically, and the panicky feeling I get when trying to make design decisions in the face of multiple options.Just like it says, I tend to solve these problems by working out the details and then letting them form a pattern for a solution. Laurie, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant and show a preference for visual learning, although not extreme in either characteristic. You probably tend to do most things in moderation, but not always. Your left-hemisphere dominance implies that your learning style is organized and structured, detail oriented and logical. Your visual preference, though, has you seeking stimulation and multiple data. Such an outlook can overwhelm structure and logic and create an almost continuous state of uncertainty and agitation. You may well suffer a...
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Outkast can ruin your photos

Polaroid advises you not to shake it. Is my Blog HOT or NOT? This is SUCH a good idea...
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I can't decide

I've been toying with ideas for a redesign to this site. The main goals of the redesign, in order: Bring the code up to date with modern standards. This horrible table/CSS mish-mash is 3 years old now and looks horrible in my favourite browser. Enhance usability by bringing the most commonly-viewed content to the front page and presenting it better. For instance, the blog is going to be split into "Linkage" and "Thinkage", one being links with commentary as I find them (almost banished at the moment) and the other being the longer, more reasoned pieces I do less often. I don't like the way they're mixed at the moment (this is a blatant rip-off of Jason and Tom, but hey, imitation is the sincerest form. Make it purdy. It's not ugly now, but I've decided I want a different look. I've been toying with an art-deco feel, because I love art deco: its intrinsic curviness appeals to me, and art deco was a reaction to excessive linearity and functionality in architecture which I feel web design also requires...
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Give me my marriage, George

My comments on Bush's ridiculous constitutional amendment are cross-posted on the gay geek site.
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New adventures in Deco

Here's another idea for the design of the front page, which I liked a lot more before I uploaded it. Points to note: Unlike the previous scans, this one is based on a much larger drawing, so the details are a lot finer (and I drew the lines with a ruler!) However, widths and heights are still very changeable, especially the size of the decorative fader bars on the extreme right and left. It wastes less space than the original design [thanks Ed], and the important elements are not surrounded by too much clutter. There's still lots of white space towards the bottom, but that's a lot more acceptable than wasting space above the fold. And I'm sure I can think of things to put in all those boxes anyway... Comments are visible on the front page [thanks Ben] although this will make for some fun security issues that I'll have to defensively code around... The design is generally still very baroque. At the bottom of the two smaller columns are two elements (I'm internally calling them bedknobs -- what else...
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