Offline book lending ruining the publishing industry

The RIAA and others use ridiculous headlines such as mine, to try and explain their economic troubles. Piracy is always to blame. Strange that 2009 saw the biggest holiday records broken once again, despite the “rampant” piracy. Here’s a great and humurous perspective on the matter. Apparently, over 2 billion books were “loaned” last year by …

Johnny on the spot

I don’t remember when I first started using the phrase “Johnny on the spot”, but it’s one of my favourite sayings. I use it sparingly, and try to use it appropriately. The grammatical genesis of ‘Johnny on the spot’ cannot be traced very clearly, but the phrase certainly originated from the longer and less expressive …

Building of the Lego minifigs

One of things I’m most looking forward to about having a baby is the unavoidable Lego, once the baby levels-up to child. Gizmodo have yet another exclusive Lego video. I don’t recall if I posted the last one… I can’t find it here when I search. Here’s the links. Anyway, the new video is a …

5 most laughable terms of service on the internet

Do you ever actually read the terms of service you agree to, when you sign up for things online? Facebook, Google apps, whatever… You really should. I can’t claim that I do either, but I should. For your enjoyment, via Slashdot. According to these five terms of service and EULA, Google owns any content you …

Facebook – Too many stupid fan pages

Your account has been disabled by an administrator. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here. I’ve decided there are too many fan pages for people I think it’s silly to declare yourself a fan of. The catalyst for me has been Christian leaders and teachers. These are good …

HP = Most wasteful packaging evar.

I came across this story today on The Register, by way of Slashdot. (Yes I know I’ve been reposting a lot of /. news lately. It’s just been good news). I absolutely believe the truth of this tale. Ingram Micro is terrible for excessive packaging, but HP really takes the cake on this one. The …