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July 19, 2006

The greatest recording in the world

Here at the Consumerist is a great post.

It's a recording of a guy's attempts to cancel his AOL account. Listen to the whole thing, it's great. One of the best moments is when the AOL call centre operator asks to speak to the caller's father, despite the account and credit card being in his name.

July 17, 2006


It's nice to know that even Wikipedia suffers from argument. Perhaps a year down the line we'll remember the overriding feature of the web 2.0 world was the tendency for flame wars and arguments. Read all about it here.

July 12, 2006

The right sort of attitude

David Aaronovitch, writing in the Times, makes some good points about the Afghan war.

As I read Christina Lamb’s extraordinary account in The Sunday Times of being ambushed in Helmand my thought was not “too much”, but “not enough”. More helicopters, if they’re needed. More of everything, if that’s required. We should be doing it for Nooria, the 12-year-old girl interviewed by Newsweek in February. A dozen or so gunmen had entered her school, beaten the watchman and then burnt the place down. Then the written threats started.

So classes took place under the trees in the courtyard and other schools lent some of their own books. Nooria, whose ambition is to teach, told the magazine’s reporter that she wasn’t afraid of being beaten or mutilated. “I want to keep studying,” she said.

Links of the week

1. Lesbian, a distribution of GNU/Linux
2. Heatseek, a browser designed for looking at porn.

Mind you, the internet is for porn.