Keep Ruby Weird

My talk proposal for Keep Ruby Weird was accepted, so I’ll be in Austin, Texas at the end of October, speaking about (human language) writing systems.

Obviously, I’ll be spending all my time between now and then practising—I mean practicing—a Texan accent so that I can make myself understood.

First they came for our vacuum cleaners …

The evil, domineering, nanny-state EU wants to BAN powerful vacuum cleaners! Cue shock, horror, xenophobic outrage etc. More…

A proposal for renaming Greenland pier

Greenland pier is confusingly named, but I think there’s a reasonable alternative with historical provenance. More…

Lithium-ion

As if keeping modern mobile phones charged wasn’t hard enough already, it’s about to get a whole lot more annoying.

For ‘security’, passengers flying to the US will now be required to demonstrate that their electrical devices turn on, and gadgets with flat batteries won’t be allowed on the plane. This is, apparently, so that al-Qaeda can’t replace the batteries with something even more explosive than lithium-ion batteries.

However, I see a problem: More…

Nine to five

I remember a couple of songs from my childhood—Dolly Parton’s Nine To Five and Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel—that featured the idea of working from 9am to 5pm in their lyrics.

Entering the professional world of work was, therefore, something of a let-down for me: the nominal hours were always longer, and no one ever left on time. More…

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