Do as the Romans did

March 5, 2013 3 comments

Sherard Cowper-Coles, former British Ambassador to Afghanistan, has an interesting plan to achieve longlasting stability in that country.

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Quotable Quote: Technopoly

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

[B]ecause of its lengthy, intimate, and inevitable relationship with culture, technology does not invite a close examination of its own consequences. It is the kind of friend that asks for trust and obedience, which most people are inclined to give because its gifts are truly bountiful. But, of course, there is a dark side to this friend. Its gifts are not without a heavy cost. Stated in the most dramatic terms, the accusation can be made that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys the vital sources of our humanity. It creates a culture without a moral foundation. It undermines certain mental processes and social relations that make human life worth living. Technology, in sum, is both friend and enemy.

From: Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992)

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Quotable Quote: Did you ever read what they call Science Fiction?

June 15, 2012 1 comment

In a letter to his literary agent H N Swanson (14 March 1953), Raymond Chandler wrote:

“Did you ever read what they call Science Fiction? It’s a scream. Read more…

April Fool’s Day

April 1, 2012 2 comments

It’s April Fool’s Day.

A dog, a packet of crisps, a bottle of water, the Sunday paper, a trout stream, a herd of Old English White Cattle. Birds in the sky and the whistle of a steam engine in the near distance. Read more…

Bona Books, or: The Seven Ages of Omi

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been reminded of my age over the last few days. Read more…

‘Does your patient really understand?’

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

‘Research shows that more than 80 percent of patients have poor health literacy. Cutting the jargon, asking direct questions and simplifying signage are among the ways hospitals are working to improve communication – and care.’

This is an abstract from an article with the same title, written by C Huff and published in the journal Hospital Health Network. I was moved to add these comments. Read more…

Writing to length

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

“Do me 450 words on Solar PV, please.” That was the editor of a local county magazine. So that’s what she got: not 449, not 451, but 450 words. On Solar PV.

Go to any high point in Sussex on a bright sunny day, look north, and you’ll see the flash of reflected sunlight from Solar PV rooftop arrays on farmhouses and in towns and villages across the countryside. Since the government established its earn-as-you-generate scheme in April last year, Solar PV installations have increased month on month, as we discover our green credentials. Read more…