Archive for the 'misc' Category

How To Ruin a Career

Friday June 29, 2007

With just a video camera.

Suicides. CD-ROMs.

Sunday June 17, 2007

Fact: 255 British soldiers were killed in the Falklands War. 264 soldiers later committed suicide.

Great blast from the past: the first ever internet marketing conference. The introductory speaker, Ken McCarthy, explains why the ‘internet business’ is better than the ‘CD-ROM business’ to a sceptical audience.  Features a young Marc Andreessen.

Wretched Rain

Saturday June 16, 2007

Saturday afternoon. Raining, which suits my mood. Just ate 2 sticky toffee puddings. Now wretching. Which also suits my mood.

Was supposed to be going to Paris today, but just couldn’t face the journey.  But have tackled the situation head-on…by not answering the calls of the person I was supposed to meet there.

Faces

Tuesday June 5, 2007

Seth Roberts thinks that seeing life-sized faces in the morning improves mood. Taking this as inspiration, alongside the desperate need to decorate my apartment after living there for over a year, I’ve decided to buy some photographic portraits. Here’s my list of faces. All are inspiring and some are, erm, stimulating, if you get what I mean.

  • Bill Clinton
  • Robert Kennedy
  • Bill Shankly
  • Kenny Dalglish
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • John Lennon
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Stephen Fry
  • Mia Farrow
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Chuck D
  • Virginie Ledoyen

Crash

Tuesday June 5, 2007

Pile-up on the coast road by Marbella. Not my fault. The car behind me, who was hit by the car behind him, rolled on his side a couple of times before eventually hitting me. A foot higher and it would have landed right on top of me and I’d be dead. Dead or worse.

Car Crash in Marbella

A Profound Conversation

Thursday April 12, 2007

With a drunk in Shepherds Bush tube station:

Him: Does this train go North?

Me: No, East

Him: East?

Me: Yes.

Him: What’s East?

Me [struggling to properly define ‘East’]: Errrrr, opposite of West

Him: That’s the same as North isn’t it?

Me: Yeah, the same as North

Then he walked happily away.

God Bless ‘Er

Friday February 23, 2007

I saw the Queen today, in Bank (London). Big entourage (3 cars behind, 3 cars in front and several motorbikes), big hassle (all the joining roads were blocked off as she sped through Moorgate), big car (gorgeous Bentley) and big hat (silly green thing).

The Perfect Bet

Thursday February 22, 2007

I won’t go on about Liverpool’s victory last night, except to talk about a bet I placed. This screenshot portrays the best possible scenario for a punter, a bet you can’t lose.

I placed a bet on Liverpool to win the Champions League at 28. I knew that Liverpool were under-valued and Barcelona over-valued, therefore if Liverpool got anything out of last night’s game the price would tumble. I was right. After we won the price fell from 28 to 13! This screenshot shows that through hedging it’s impossible for me to lose. God, this sounds really boring, but actually is quite interesting. Sorry. Never again.

Thrilling Demonstration of the Perfect Bet

Evolutionary Psychology

Tuesday February 13, 2007

Fascinating article from the LA Times. In short, certain psychological conditions may serve an evolutionary purpose, even suicidal tendencies.

Aaaaaaannnndd: brain diseases I wish I had.  Upon reflection, I might already have a few of them: Tertiary Neurosyphilis seems likely and PSAS (Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome) is guaranteed.

New Passport. A Great 2.5 Years.

Tuesday February 13, 2007

Back in my freezing cold London apartment, Samaritans card in one hand, can of Stella in the other.

It’s finally time to say goodbye to my passport. It’s 2.5 years old and the pages are finally full with stamps, and it now gets comments everytime I go through a passport control office. I’ve been to, in approximate order of frequency:

  • Macau
  • Hong Kong
  • Morroco
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Romania
  • United States

Plus the European countries that don’t stamp your passport anymore: Spain, France, Ireland, Germany and Austria. That’s 18 countries in 30 months, a new country every 1.6 months for those, like me, that prefer things expressed in that way.