On the length of a shower

I apparently take long showers. In my family I'm famous for it. I've never been clear whether this is because I really do take too long, or if my family are just worryingly slipshod in their personal hygiene. In order to help resolve this question, I present below a minute-by-minute log of my typical morning shower. Please compare and contrast to your own ablutions in the comments. 0:00: shower begins 0:01: start hot water running 0:05: scald hand, overcompensate with cold water 0:10: much fiddling to find correct tap positions 1:00: water now at right temp 1:01: begin getting hair wet 2:30: water finally penetrates to scalp 2:31: enjoy feeling of hot water 3:00: consider current state of personal project 3:10: resolve to do more work on personal projects 3:11: enjoy hot water more 4:00: find soap 4:05: soap face, ears, neck 4:30: inspect face for acne, by touch 4:40: be briefly irritated that one still has pimples at 27 4:45: rinse face, ears, neck 5:00: adjust shower head to direct water away from...
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An open letter to the Daily Express

Update: faced with a firestorm of criticism, the Express has pulled the article, but you can still find it in Google's cache. Update 2: better yet, an enterprising blogger has found Paula Murray's Facebook page and written an insulting and misleading article about her based on it. Turnabout is fair play! I do hope her journalistic reputation is forever stained. To whom it may concern - Regarding your recent article on the children of Dunblane 13 years later: This is a disgraceful, embarrassing and shameful story -- for the Express. Faced with having to find something to write about a story dead for 13 years, Paula Murray has lazily decided to trawl Facebook for details, rather than attempting to speak to any of the children themselves, none of whom are quoted for the story or given a chance to defend their semi-private profiles. Instead we are given a piss-poor collection of thoroughly ordinary quotes that could have come from the profile page of any teenager, carefully selected to try and portray...
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Twitter, Google and SocialRank

I started to write this a couple weeks ago, and then forgot about it. Better late than never, eh? Over at TechCrunch, Brian Solis has a post about blogs losing their authority on Technorati to what he calls the "statusphere". It's based on an observation that Technorati's "Authority" index of blogs, which is based on incoming links to those blogs, has remained largely unchanged over the last few months, but the number of actual links measured has been dropping sharply. His conclusion is that authority is moving away from blog-to-blog links to other sources -- like Twitter, Facebook, and others. I couldn't agree more, and I think in fact he doesn't go far enough. This isn't just about blogs. This is a sea change in the measurement of authority, relevance and popularity of online content, and the company that should really be worried isn't Technorati (which was kind of screwed already). It's Google. Google's single, gigantic, all-powerful insight that saved and changed the web and the business of web...
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